Four Olympians entered in Speed River Inferno

Four Olympians entered in Speed River Inferno

GUELPH — Four Olympians are among the entrants for the Speed River Inferno Track and Field Meet Presented by New Balance that is set for May 31 at Alumni Stadium.

In all, more than 75 athletes representing eight countries have confirmed their entries.

The four Olympians are steeplechasers Alex Genest and Taylor Milne of the host Speed River Track and Field Club, men’s 200-metre sprinter Winston George of Guyana and men’s 800-metre runner Julius Mutekanga of Uganda.

Genest ran in the men’s steeplechase at the London Olympics in 2012 while Milne competed in the men’s 1,500 metres in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

George competed in the men’s 400 metres at the London Olympics and was the flag-bearer for his country in opening ceremony while Mutekanga ran in the men’s 800 metres at the London Olympics.

Confirmed male international athletes include Kevin Thompson of Jamaica in the 200 metres; Sean Atkinson of the U.S. in the 400-metre hurdles; Lucas Manring of the U.S. in the 800 metres; Lamont Marshall of Bermuda in the 1,500 metres; Sean Keveren of the U.S. in the 5,000 metres; and Riley Northrup of the U.S. in the high jump.

International female athletes who have confirmed their entries are Ashley Kelly of the British Virgin Islands and Sharay Hale of the U.S. in the 200 metres; Lorain McKenzie of Jamaica and the U.S. trio of Stephanie Herrick, Lauren Hagans and Natalie Picchetti in the 800 metres; Sarah Madebach of the U.S., Danielle Burke of the U.S. and Rachel Felton of the United Kingdom in the 5,000 metres; and U.S. long jumpers Anita Rogers and Nyeisha Wright.

Genest and Milne will be joined in the men’s steeplechase by teammate Chris Winter.

Anthony Romaniw of Speed River’s Olympic division is to compete in the men’s 800 metres along with Mathieu Sturkenboom and Scott Leitch.

Other members of Speed River’s Olympic division entered in the meet are Rachel Aubry, Chantelle Groenewoud, Genevieve Lalonde and Andrea Seccafien.

Aubry and Katelyn Ayers of the Guelph Gryphons are entered in the women’s 800 metres while Groenewoud and Lalonde are in the women’s steeplechase along with Julie-Anne Staehli.

Seccafien is to run in the women’s 5,000 metres along with Rachel Hannah and Carise Thompson.

Other notable Canadians entered include Ross Proudfoot, Jeremy Rae and Charles Philibert-Thibout in the men’s 1,500 metres; Andrew Nixon, Aaron Hendrikx, Peter Corrigan, Tristan Woodfine and Hussein Hashi in the men’s 5,000 metres; Paul Galas and Phillipe St. Hilaire in the men’s high jump; Tyler MacLeod in the men’s 200 metres; Marie Colombe in the women’s 200 metres; and Julia Wallace, Caroline Ehrhardt and Jen Cotton in the women’s long jump.

The main portion of the meet is to start at 7 p.m., although the premeet competition is to begin an hour earlier. The meet closes with the steeplechase events. The women’s race goes at 8:30 p.m. and the men’s race goes at 8:45 p.m.

Tickets for the meet are available at Scotiabank locations in Guelph or through the meet’s website (speedriverinferno.com).

 

sports@guelphmercury.com

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