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Coles a provincial champion for 3000m

 St. Thomas runner takes gold at Athletics Ontario indoor open meet while at London,

 Knelsen finishes second in the 1000 metre run breaking indoor meet record time

       

  

  March 6, 2022

 

team width= Hallee Knelsen (2) during the women's 1000 metres at the Don Wright indoor track and field meet, at Western University, March 5. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

By Rob J. Ross 

ST. THOMAS - Aiden Coles is a provincial champion.

Coles won the men's 3000-metres, in a personal best (PB) time of eight minutes and 30.71 seconds (8:30.71), at Athletics Ontario Open indoor track and field championships, March 6, at York University.

It was the first race since returning from injury, for the 17-year old St. Joseph's high school student, who competes with London Western Club.

"I had a rough going in the middle of the season getting some tendonitis in my foot, which sort of put a pause on training for a couple weeks, but after three or four weeks of hard training I'm back at it," Coles said. "Therefore the race felt fast from the start, because that was my rust buster this season. But, overall it wasn't too bad. York is a much slower track in comparison to many others, so being able to run a PB on it was promising for outdoor season."

Aiden's brother Tristan, finished third, in 8:37.31. Gaetano Pocchi was second, finishing on the heels of Aiden, at 8:30.96.

"I passed Tristan with 300 metres to go to overtake first place and then the next guy (Pocchi) came with me," Aiden said. "I was able to hold him off at the line, but today definitely wasn't my 100 per cent. Since I was purely going for the win overall it was a successful trip down to Toronto."
 

Knelsen sets another PB

Hallee Knelsen keeps building on her freshman season for university indoor track and field, running with the Western Mustangs.

The 18-year old from Malahide, set a PB in the women's 1000 metres, finishing in two minutes and 49.65 seconds (2:49.65), at the Don Wright team challenge, March 5, at Western University.

Teammate Chloe Hewitt won in 2:49.11. Both Knelsen, Hewitt and a third teammate, Chloe Coutts, broke the old meet record of 2:50.3, set in 1986, by Christine Whiteside.

It was Knelsen's first race, since meeting the standard for the 800 metres for junior worlds, six days earlier at Boston University.

"It was good. Obviously not as good as coming off that high of Boston," Knelsen said. "The race overall I ran on the outside of lane one a lot just because of everyone bunched up. It happens sometimes, but I know I can run faster."

Her converted time due to track size, for the U Sports rankings, is 2:47.82, seventh best in the nation for the 1000 metres.

"I knew coming in the K was least run event so far," said Knelsen. "A lot of girls are running one for the first time this weekend. I know the standings will change a lot. I just wanted to post a time a couple seconds faster than my other one, to make sure I'm up there."

The top 12 qualify for the national meet, March 30-April 1, in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Two other local Mustangs from St. Thomas competed.

Brady Fodor, from Shedden, set PBs in both men's weight throw (11.31) and shot put (13.99m), placing third and fourth, respectively.

Fodor's distance for shot put, is twelth best on the U Sports rankings.

Hunter Smith, of St. Thomas, was sixth, in women's weight throw (13.02m).

At Windsor, A.J. Stanat, of St. Thomas, with the Windsor Lancers, placed seventh in men's weight throw with a heave of 13.45 metres. In shot put, the freshman placed sixth, with a best effort of 13.73m.


DeSousa begins NCAA outdoors

At the opening meet to the outdoor season for Long Beach University, in Los Angeles, Tayah DeSousa, of St. Thomas, landed fourth in women's long jump, with a PB (personal best, aka PR personal record in the States) distance of 5.57 metres and sixth, in the 100-metre hurdles (14.92 seconds.)

"It was really nice to be in outdoor season again. I got an outdoor PR in my long jump and my hurdles wasn't bad for a season opener so I'm not mad about it," said DeSousa. "I was supposed to do the 200 but my quad has been acting up lately so I scratched."

The outdoor season for sprinter Michael Roth, of St. Thomas, down at the University of Texas at San Antonio, begins mid March.
 

Luna helps relay take silver

Jadyn Luna, from Thorndale, with London-Western, placed third, in the women's 60-metre hurdles (10.47 seconds) and 11th in the 200-metre dash (27.99 sec.), at the AO Open meet.

Luna also ran the third leg of London-Western's open girls' 4-x200-metre relay team, that placed second.

 

 


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