Andrews named to Canada’s junior track team for World meet

Georgetown’s Kaitlyn Andrews has been named to Canada’s track and field team that will compete at the 11th World Junior Championship in August.

The 17-year-old shot-putter specialist is one of 28 athletes who will travel to Beijing, China, for the August 15 – 20 competitions. The 17-year-old Andrews, the Canadian junior champion, is one of Canada’s top prospects and will compete for the Stephen F. Austin University team when the school year begins. The Texas university recruited Andrews.

Canadian officials are optimistic of Canada’s chances at Beijing.

“This team will be very competitive on the international stage and the coaching staff is confident that we will achieve our objective of improving on our performances from 2004 in Italy,” said Bruce Pirnie, Athletics Canada director of development programs.

“We have a team with a lot of international experience and expectations are high for these athletes to be in the medal hunt.”

Other members of the Canadian team include:

Brian Barnett, Edmonton, 200 metre; Alex Becker, Guelph, 500m; Jennifer Biewald, Ottawa, 1500m; Corri-Ann Campbell-Fell, Vancouver, 400m hurdles; Andrew Dargie, Calgary, 400m; Marcus Dillon, Oshawa, 3000m steeplechase; Gabrielle Duclos-Lasnier, Québec, pole vault; Phylicia George, Markham, 200m; Elizabeth Gleadle, Vancouver, javelin; Reid Gustavson, Vancouver, decathlon; Geoff Harris, Halifax, 800m; Nikkita Holder, Pickering, 100m hurdles; Jennie Hucul, Saskatoon, 100m hurdles; Kimberley Hyacinthe, Lachenaie, Que., 100m, 200m; Justin Marpole-Bird, Vancouver,
1500m; Darren Mazzei, Regina, 800m; Curtis Moss, Burnaby, B.C., javelin; Carline Muir, Toronto, 400m; Taylor Petrucha, Saskatoon, pole vault; Todd Pyper, Ottawa, 400m; Oluseyi Smith, Ottawa, 100m; Brianne Theisen, Humboldt, Sask., heptathlon; Leah Vause, Saskatoon, pole vault; Justyn Warner, Markham, 100m; Whitney Wellington, Surrey, B.C., 100m; Sarah Wells, Unionville, Ont., 400m hurdles; Danelle Woods, Ottawa, 3000m steeplechase.

Brian Barnett enters the World juniors at the tail end of an excellent season in which he broke two provincial junior records held by world championship medalist Tyler Christopher, and set a meet record on his way to winning the 400m Canadian junior championship.

Barnett also won the men’s 200m event. Reid Gustavson will go into the World juniors enjoying the best season of his young career. At the Canadian juniors, Gustavson posted personal bests in nine of the 10 decathlon events, and broke the Canadian junior record on his way to the national junior title.

Other 2006 Canadian junior champions heading to Beijing are: Justyn Warner (100m), Darren Mazzei (800m), Marcus Dillon (3000m steeplechase), Taylor Petrucha (Pole vault), Curtis Moss (Javelin), Kimberley Hyacinthe (100m, 200m), Carline Muir (400m), Alex Becker (1500m), Nikkita Holder (100m hurdles), Sarah Wells (400m hurdles), Gabriella Duclos-Lasnier (Pole vault), Elizabeth Gleadle (Javelin), Brianne Theisen (Heptathlon).

In 2004, at the World Juniors in Grosseto, Italy, Canadians set 10 personal bests, recorded four top eight finishes, and brought home gold medal in the men’s high jump.