Monday, March 14, 2011

Proudfoot Wins Bronze at CIS Championships

March 13th, 2011
Track North Press Release
"Proudfoot Wins Bronze at Canadian University Championships"
"Breaks 3:50 barrier over 1500m"

Track North Athletic Club's Ross Proudfoot (Lively, ON), competing for the
University of Guelph, claimed the bronze medal in the men's 1500m event at
the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Indoor Track and Field
Championships held this weekend in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Proufoot made a strong move over the final 200 metres of the race to move
from fifth place into a potential medal position.  Proudfoot then timed his
final lean at the line perfectly to win the bronze medal in a new personal
best time of 3 minutes, 49.68 seconds, just outleaning the fourth place
finisher by 2/100's of a second.  Proudfoot's teammate, Kyle Boorsma, won
gold in a time of 3 minutes, 47.57 seconds.

"I ended up eating a bit of track with my lean and fall at the finish line
but I very happy to have won a medal and to have finally broken 3:50 for
1500m - it's been overdue" commented Proudfoot following the race.

Proudfoot also finished 5th in the men's 3000m event in a time of 8 minutes,
19.48 seconds.

Proudfoot will now turn his focus to again competing for Canada at the IAAF
World Junior Cross-Country Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain on March
20th.  Proudfoot will lead the Canadian squad against the world's best 19
and under cross country athletes over an 8 kilometre race.

Caroline Ehrhardt (Espanola, ON) also had an impressive rookie debut at the
CIS Championships, earning fourth place finishes in both the women's long
jump and triple jump.  Competing for the University of Western Ontario
(UWO), Ehrhardt set a new indoor personal best of 5.81 metres in the long
jump and also set a season's best of 12.38 metres in the triple jump event.
Her triple jump mark also broke the UWO school record in the event.

Video of Proudfoot's 1500m race can be seen at: