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Wednesday, July 21 2010 - London Runner Athletes Ready for Canadian Championships

The 2010 Canadian Track and Field Championships are set for July 28-31 in Toronto, where London area distance runners will be represented by 4 London Runner Distance Club-coached athletes. This will be a smaller, but more competitive, group of athletes then in 2009 as 3 of these athletes are ranked 5th going into Nationals. Athlete profiles and comments follow:

Kyle O'Neill
Men 3,000m Steeplechase, ranked 5th going into Nationals
Kyle placed 4th at the 2009 Canadian Championships in the 3,000m Steeplechase. Competing in an abbreviated outdoor season, following his participation at the World University Cross Country Championships, O'Neill has run a personal best time over 1500m but had an injury setback following a Steeplechase race in Windsor that caused him to miss a few weeks of training.
2010 Canadian Championships
"Looking at the field, at least a half dozen guys have broken 9:00 including myself, so sub-9 is definitely the goal and hopefully I can pick off a few guys who are off."
Future Goals
"I want to run the 2012 Olympic Trials in medal contention for the Steeple. Although it's a hope and prayer, maybe have a shot at qualifying for the Olympics."

Robert Kitz
Men 10,000m, ranked 5th going into Nationals
Rob placed 6th at the 2009 Canadian Championships in the 5,000m, just behind current training partner Kyle O'Neill (5th). Kitz is a University of Toronto Track Club athlete who has been training with London Runner since starting Law School at Western in the fall of 2009.
2010 Canadian Championships
"After finishing 6th in the 5000m last year, I'm hoping to be 5th in the 10,000m this year. I'm going in ranked 5th and usually would be trying to improve on my ranking, but in this field the top four seeds are really on a different level from the rest of the field (#4 seed is 7-time National Champion Reid Coolseat). But there should be two or three of us around 30-31 pace, so hopefully we'll make a good race of it."
2010 Season and Future Goals
"My season so far has had some ups and downs. I had a good 10,000m in May to qualify for Nationals and since then I've struggled a bit over shorter distances. My workouts have been good and I know I'm fit, so I'm looking forward to returning to the 10,000m. I plan to keep showing up at Nationals each year until hopefully one of these days I can win a medal."

Rebecca Pieterson
Women 3,000m Steeplechase, ranked 8th going into Nationals
Becky placed 5th at the 2009 Canadian Championships in the 3,000m Steeplechase, but faces a larger and more competitive field this year.
2010 Canadian Championships
"I would love to run a sub-11:00 (Becky has run under 11:20 twice in the past 12 months) and improve upon my ranking."
2010 Season and Future Goals
With just a few races remaining this season, Pieterson is focused on setting some new PBs. Looking towards future Canadian Championships, she is training towards "one day being a medal contender."

Leslie Sexton
Women 5,000m, ranked 5th going into Nationals
Leslie is a recent addition to the London Runner group, running 'Unattached' for the remainder of 2010. She is returning to outdoor track racing after "a long break from competition due to injuries."
2010 Canadian Championships
"My 5000m PB of 16:55 ranks me 5th in the field, but I feel that at my current fitness level I could run faster given the right conditions. It would be nice to get pulled to a time in the 16:30s or 16:40s, but ultimately I will be there to race the other women in the field rather than the clock."
2010 Season and Future Goals
"I have been very happy with how my season has gone so far; I've exceeded my own expectations by setting PBs in the 1,500m, 5,000m, and 10,000m. Over the next few years, I want to lower my 5k and 10k times in order to be more competitive on a National level. Eventually, I plan to move up to the marathon."


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