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COMBO CAMPERS - Marinya Marcichiw

The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton started Wednesday for St. Albert competitors in the aquathlon.

David Livingston and Catherine Roberts were the top Canadian finishers in their respective age groups in the 750-metre wetsuit swim and 4.6-kilometre run event.

The results are as follows.

Livingston, 11th (No. 1 Canadian), 50-54 male: 33 minutes and 40 seconds.

Roberts, seventh (No. 1 Canadian), 65-69 female: 49:00.

James Dean, 12th (No. 3 Canadian), 35-39 male: 30:54.

Celine Gannon-Dean, 21st (No. 8 Canadian), 35-39 female: 39:16.

They are among 37 St. Albert and Sturgeon County athletes participating in the Grand Final this weekend.

Dean is also registered for the sprint (750m swim, 20-km bike and five-km run) and standard (1.5-km swim, 40-km bike and 10-km run) triathlons and Livingston and Roberts are entered in the standard distance.

The list of local competitors, provided to the Gazette by the Triathlon Canada, are as follows.

Gordon Mazurek, 50-54 male, sprint.

Marc Meunier, 40-44 male, standard.

Stephen Murley, 40-44 male, standard.

Richard Roberts, 70-74 male, sprint.

Lisa Ulrich, 30-34 female, standard.

Ellen Ainsley, 50-54 female, sprint.

Stephen Bourdeau, 30-34 male, sprint.

Anne Bradley, 55-59 female, sprint.

Valerie Braiden, 65-69 female, sprint.

Mark Brown, 20-24 male, standard.

Thomas Brown, 20-24 male, standard.

Alexander Dieleman, 16-19 male, sprint.

Deborah Digiuseppe, 55-59 female, standard.

Wietske Eikelenboom, 50-54 female, standard.

Harley Forer, 30-34 male, sprint.

Joe Garcia, 70-74 male, standard.

Mike Gerencser, 45-49 male, standard.

Joanne Graham, 50-54 female, sprint.

Steeven Jobin, 25-29 male, sprint.

Melonie MacDonald, 45-49 female, standard.

Hannah Mazurek, 16-19 female, sprint.

Karen Mazurek, 50-54 female, standard.

Arrigo Monai, 50-54 male, sprint.

Karen Robertson, 55-59 female, standard

Anita Watts, 50-54 female, standard.

Larry Webb, 60-64 male, standard.

Kathy King, 50-54 female, standard.

Erin Linton, 35-39 female, sprint.

Nadia van der Merwe, 30-34 female, sprint.

Arthur Bland, 65-69 male, standard.

Mike Kelly, 45-49 male, standard.

Shae Kelly, 16-19 male, sprint.

Tari Kelly, 40-44 female, standard.

More than 3,000 athletes from around the world are in Edmonton to race in Hawrelak Park and through Edmonton’s expansive river valley.

The Grand Final showcases the elite, paratriathlon, sprint and standard age-group races as well as the aquathlon, U23, junior and mixed relay world championships.

Visit www.edmonton.triathlon.org for schedules and results.

The eighth annual North American, Central American and Caribbean U23 championship recently in Kamloops brought out the best in St. Albert track and field products Niki Oudenaarden and Rachel Francois on Team Canada.

Oudenaarden was the heptathlon gold medallist with 5,692 points and Francois was the silver medallist in the 800 metres at 2.02:18.

Oudenaarden outdistanced Milagros Montes de Oca of the Dominican Republic (5,451) in the two-day, seven-event competition.

In the first event Oudenaarden placed fifth in the 100m hurdles at 14.47 seconds.

In the high jump the Paul Kane High School alumna finished third at 1.68m.

The youngest female heptathlete at the meet wrapped up the first day with a second-place showing in shot put at 12.94m and was third in the 200m at 25.36.

The next day Oudenaarden won the long jump at 5.71m and the javelin at 48.90m, which fell just short of her personal-best mark of 49.73. She also finished third in the 800m at 2:23.89.

After two seasons with the San Diego Aztecs, Oudenaarden is returning to Canada to train with the University of Calgary Dinos.

In the 800m Francois was narrowly defeated by Shelby Houlihan, the NCAA 1,500m champion, who set a new meet record of 2:03.00.

Francois’ personal best of 2:02.13 in the 800m was set this season during a busy race schedule in Canada and Europe for the Paul Kane alumna.

The three-time defending 600m CIS gold medallist is entering her fourth year with the University of Victoria Vikes.

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