Sunday, June 27, 2010

Proudfoot sets new 1500m Personal Best

Track North Athletic Club's Ross Proudfoot ran to a new personal best over 1500m at the Runner's Choice Distance Series "1500m Night" in London, Ontario on Friday night.

Competing in a deep field of Canadian university and NCAA all-stars, Proudfoot placed 8th in a time of 3 minutes 50.08 seconds.  This finishing time was just shy of the World Junior Championship standard. Anthony Berkis of the Toronto Olympic Club won the race in a time of 3 minutes 42.81 seconds.  Proudfoot's time ranks him 5th in the country for athletes aged 19 and under.

Proudfoot's next competition will be the National Junior Track and Field Championships bein contested in Moncton, NB July 2 -4th.  This meet will serve as the final qualifying competition for the World Junior Championships also being held in Moncton at the end of July.
Sudbury played host to the World Junior Championships in 1988.

Proudfoot commented following the race: "I felt strong over the first 2 laps but slowed slightly on the 3rd lap and I couldn't quite make up the time over the final 300m. Despite that, I covered the last 100m better than I have all year.I look foward to competing in both the 1500m and 5000m events in Moncton next weekend."

Track North coach Darren Jermyn commented: "Ross continues to impress.  He wasn't intimidated at all competing against a deep field of more seasoned and older runners. His training is progressing well and this race is an indication that he will be ready to compete with the favourites at the National Championships next week in Moncton".

Other Track North results from the 1500m event include:
Chantry Cargill: 4:05.17
Eric Leishan: 4:07.81