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Posted: April 7, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Alex Genest Joins Speed River Track and Field Club

The Speed River Track and Field Club is pleased to announce the addition of Alex Genest to the club. Genest, the Canadian Junior Record Holder in the 3000 meter steeplechase, boasts the seventh fastest time in Canadian history and will join Olympic Trials Steeplechase Champion Rob Watson and CIS Cross Country Champion Matt Brunsting in what has the potential to develop into the strongest steeplechase group in Canadian history.

"When I visited the city last fall, I had a really good time. The places to run are awesome and the group of runners is amazing. The resources around the Speed River group are what I'm looking for to reach my goals." Commented Genest on his move from Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Genest has also formed a strong bond with Speed River Head Coach Dave Scott-Thomas, "Dave works in a way that I really like. He shares a lot with his athletes, explains the purposes of the training and takes time to listen to the athlete. His knowledge and his thirst to know more are inspiring."

In addition to Scott-Thomas, the strength of the Speed River training group and the Guelph environment were big draws for the twenty two year old. "For the first time, I will train with a big group of athletes that are among the best in the country. Moreover, I'll train with steeplechase guys! Everybody in the group is working together to reach the same goals and I going to Guelph to be part of this group and even more, to be part of a running family!!!"

Of Genest, Scott-Thomas commented, "Alex is just a good soul and I really can't wait for him to be in Guelph on a day-to-day basis. We've known each other for years through competition, and he's always been an outgoing and classy guy. He'll add a whole new dimension to our scene, and I think having the top two steeple-chasers in the country with a great group around them is going to push that event into new territory over the next few seasons."

Genest will be moving to Guelph in May and will be continuing his studies in Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph commencing in the fall. The 2007 CIS Cross Country MVP, may suit up for the Gryphons in 2010 after sitting out next year due to transferring.

From: Chris Moulton
Director of Communications
Speed River Track and Field

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