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Natasha Wodak and Jeremy Coughler won the Pacific Distance Carnival 10,000m on Friday, in the process earning themselves national 10,000m championship titles.
Wodak a Prairie Inn Harrier from North Vancouver, clocked a 32:42.77 performance at McLeod Stadium in Langley, BC (Greater Vancouver). Victoria’s Katelyn Ayers ran a new personal best for second recording a 33:11.77 performance. Cleo Boyd with Physi-Kult running out of Kingston, ON clocked a 33:18.27 third-place finish.
Natalia Allen and Sarah Inglis started as pacers, the two stepped off the track, Allen at 12.5 laps of leading. When Leslie Sexton was running in second place, however, had to retire.
After a stressful week dealing with a hamstring strain- very happy to be healthy & able to pull off the win at Canadian 10,000m champs 🙂— Natasha Wodak (@tasha_wodak) June 25, 2023
Thx to all who came out to cheer & support! pic.twitter.com/X0X2CEeAEF
Several athletes in the field will be competing at the Harry Jerome Track Classic, Victoria Track Classic and Canadian Track and Field Championships in the middle of July. Competing at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, or the 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championships will be the goal. Wodak will look to continue to improve her marathon performances. She is the current national record holder at 2:23:12 from Berlin in 2022.
Jeremy Coughler with the London Western T.F.C. took his first national title with the win in 28:48.96. Perry MacKinnon out of Sherbrooke, ON finished second in 28:62.60. Olympian Juan Luis Barrios took third in 28:55.82. However, Barrios is from Mexico and therefore the bronze position of the championship would go to fourth-place Andrew Alexander. He finished in the time of 29:25.64.
Justin Kent provided some of the early pacing.