Stellingwerff books ticket to Rio, Hoff golden at Canadian Championships
VICTORIA – The 2016 Canadian Championships and Olympic Trials took place in Edmonton over the weekend and University of Victoria athletes came away with some notable finishes in 1,500-metre races.
Vikes assistant coach Hilary Stellingwerff, who had already hit the Olympic Standard of 4:07 heading into the trials, took home bronze in the women’s 1,500-metre race to book a ticket to Rio. Stellingwerff’s accomplishment wasn’t made official until Monday, when Athletics Canada nominated their Rio squad.
The 2016 Rio Olympics will be Stellingwerff’s second games after she competed in London in 2012.
Vikes recruit Brendan Hoff also impressed at the trials, taking home a gold medal in the junior 1,500-metre race. The young speedster does not have a ticket to the World Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia, though he’s proven time and time again this summer that his future is a promising one.
Also running 1,500 metres was Vikes alumnus Thomas Riva, last year’s national champion. This time, he came in ninth in the finals with a time of 3:58.79. Fellow Vike Cole Peterson just missed out on a spot in the finals, running a time of 3:52.85 in his preliminary heat.
Brendon Restall raced 800 metres, making the final and finishing in fifth with a time of 1:48.91. Rachel Francois was in the women’s 800-metre race, which was packed with talent, missing out on the finals with a time of 2:09.27.
Vikes recruit and Nanaimo native Alyssa Mousseau posted the fastest time in the junior 800-metre preliminary heats, clocking in at 2:12.21, and finished seventh in the finals with a time of 2:13.73.
Next up for many of the Vikes are the BC Athletics Track and Field Championships in Nanaimo from July 15-17.