Day 1 of the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships

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July 23,2014(ISN) – Eugene, Oregon, USA – Day 1 of the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships saw six
Canadian athletes set personal bests and six advanced to semi-finals.

Katelyn Ayers of Orillia, Ont., and Erinn Stenman-Fahey of Ottawa, Ont., advanced
to the women’s 800-metres semi-finals. Ayers was third in her heat in a personal
best of 2:04.89 to automatically qualify for the semis. Stenman-Fahey advanced
on time, placing fourth in her heat in a personal best of 2:06.97.

Andre Azonwanna of Toronto, Ont., won heat 3 of the men’s 100-metres in a personal
best of 10.33 to advance to the semi-finals.

In the men’s 400-metres Joshua Cunningham of Markham, Ont., qualified for the
semi-finals
with a time of 47.40, good for fourth place in heat 3. Cunningham was the third
of three time qualifiers for the 400-metres semi-finals.

Sade McCreath of Pickering, Ont., placed third in heat 1 of the women’s 100-metres
in a personal best of 11.72 to advance to the semi-finals. Natasha Brown was third
in heat 6 of the women’s 100-metres in 11.93 to also advance to tomorrow’s semi-finals,
a new personal best time for the sprinter from Edmonton.

Georgia Ellenwood of Langley, B.C., recorded a total of 3308 points on the first
day of the two-day heptathlon. Notably, Ellenwood set a personal best in her last
event, crossing the line first in the first heat of the 200-metres in 24.86.

Below is a complete rundown of Canadian action on day 1 of the World Junior
Championships.

Team Canada – Day 1 (July 22)

Georgia Ellenwood – heptathlon

8th in 100m hurdles heat 2, 14.36 +1.1 928 points

8th in high jump group B, 1.73m 891 points

10th in shot put group B, 10.90m 589 points

1st in heat 1 of 200m, 24.86 900 points

Georgia Ellenwood “Overall I’m pretty consistent, we’ll see how day 2 goes. I came
in with an open mind, no set goals. Feel good about the long jump and javelin, then
close out with a strong 800-metres.”

Allison Harris – pole vault qualification

13th in group B, 3.75m

Does not advance to final

Mike Tate – 1500m

4th in heat 2, 3:48.59

Does not advance to final

Mike Tate “The plan was to get up front off the gun, try and use as little energy
as possible, stay relaxed and smooth. I was on the rail the whole race, when somebody
made a move I went with it. It’s the World Championships, can’t have any regrets.
I thought I had it down the stretch, my legs were rubber, just couldn’t hold him
off (3rd place finisher and auto-qualification spot in final). I’m happy with the
race, to be that close.

Katelyn Ayers – 800m

3rd in heat 1, 2:04.89 PB

Auto-qualifies for semi-final

Katelyn Ayers “Oh my God this is incredible, my goal was to run a PB, take it one
race at a time. I wasn’t even thinking about the semis. To get the PB and make the
semis, I’m over the moon.”

Erinn Steinman-Fahey – 800m

4th in heat 3, 2:06.97 PB

Advances on time to semi-final

Erinn Stenman-Fahey “It felt really good, the whole race I felt strong. The plan
was to stick with the lead group, they went out fast, I stayed with the second
pack and picked runners off. That was so much fun!”

Andre Azonwanna – 100m

1st in heat 3, 10.33 +1.0 PB

Auto-qualifies for semi-final

Andre Azonwanna “It felt really good, I did what I had to do. I want to be on the
podium and execute my races. This year I have really been working on the transition
part of my race.”

Graeme Thompson – 400m

6th in heat 2, 49.01

Does not advance to semis

Joshua Cunningham – 400m

4th in heat 3, 47.40

Qualifies to semis on time

“Everything was good except my transition, I started track three years ago, just
being here is an experience.”

Sade McCreath – 100m

3rd in heat 1, 11.72 PB

Auto-qualifies to semi-finals

Sade McCreath “It’s exciting, my goal was to get to the semis, I’m excited and proud.
Would love another personal best, maybe a medal in the relay.”

Natasha Brown – 100m

3rd in heat 6, 11.93 PB

Auto-qualifies to semi-finals

Natasha Brown “It’s like a dream come true, the gun went off, I felt like I was
crazy, tripping the whole way, I just tried to keep pushing until the end; don’t
give up, keep pushing until the end. I PB’ed and made it to the semis!”

Jesse Hooton – 10000m FINAL

28th, 31:38.78

Team Canada – Day 2 overview (July 23)

1:00pm ET
Stevens Dorcelus, Montreal, QC – long jump qualification

2:35pm ET

Christian Brennan, Hamilton, ON – 400m heats

Madeline Price, Hillsborough, BC – 400m heats

2:45pm ET

Georgia Ellenwood, Langley, BC – long jump (heptathlon)

3:10pm ET

Jared Kerr, Brampton, ON – 400mH heats

Jordan Sherwood, Cambridge, ON – 400mH heats

4:00pm ET

Katelyn Ayers, Orillia, ON – 800m semis

Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Ottawa, ON – 800m semis

4:40pm ET

Georgia Ellenwood – javelin (heptathlon)

9:00pm ET

Natasha Brown, Edmonton, AB – 100m semis

Sade McCreath, Pickering, ON – 100m semis

9:20pm ET

Andre Azonwanna, Toronto, ON – 100m semis

9:45pm ET

Joshua Cunningham, Markham, ON, 400m semis

10:10pm ET

Georgia Ellenwood, 800m (heptathlon)

10:40pm ET

Jillian Forsey, Kippens, NL, 5000m FINAL

Heather Petrick, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, 5000m FINAL

11:40pm ET

Natasha Brown, 100m FINAL*

Sade McCreath, 100m FINAL*

11:55pm ET

Andre Azonwanna FINAL*

*Qualification required