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Posted: October 6, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Speed River Athletes Excel At Francophone Games

A pair of fourth place finishes highlighted Speed River Track and Field Club athlete's performances at the Francophone Games in Beirut, Lebannon. Tim Konoval placed fourth overall in the men's 1500 metres, an event widely regarded as one of the best of the championships. Speed River newcomer, Dana Buchanan making her first apperance on a senior national team finished fourth in the women's steeplechase. In the men's discus, Owen Willems finished sixth overall in his first apperance on the Canadian National Team. Rounding out the Speed River group's performances were a pair of seventh place finishes from Alex Genest in the men's steeplechase and Nadine Frost in the women's 1500 metres. Frost performance of 4 minutes and 33.51 seconds was a lifetime best.

In other Speed River action this past weekend, Reid Coolsaet and Taylor Murphy had historic runs at Canada's largest trail race, The Run For The Toad. Coolsaet broke his own course record in the 25 kilometre race, clocking a time of one hour 28 minutes and 32 seconds, to outdistance Speed River teammates Taylor Milne and Scott Arnald who finished second (1:33:46) and fourth (1:39.19) respectively. In the men's 50 kilometre race Taylor Murphy took nearly 15 minutes of the course record with his winning time of 3 hours 23 minutes and 31 seconds. Murphy's run gave him the win by nearly 16 minutes.

Chris Moulton
Director of Communications
Speed River Track and Field

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