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Jul 08, 2010  |  Vote 0    0

Two Phoenix track runners to compete in World Juniors

Scarborough Mirror

Two track athletes who train with the Phoenix club out of Birchmount Stadium qualified for the Canadian World Juniors from July 19 to 25 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Aaron Brown, 18 and Marlon Laidlaw-Allen, 17, made it to the Canadian team. They are members of the 4x100 metre relay team.

Brown will also run the 100m. He qualified by winning gold in the 100m at the Canadian Junior Championships held in Moncton July 3 and 4. It's yet to be determined if he will also be competing in the 200m.

Brown has been recovering from a pulled hamstring injury he suffered in the 200m at the Ontario High School championships June 5 in London, Ontario.

"He went down like he was shot," said his coach Bill Stephens.

"We've been rehabing. This was his first meet since then. I know he's still not 100 per cent."

Brown will be attending the University of Southern California in September on a track scholarship.

Laidlaw-Allen won silver in the 200m at the Canadian Junior championships.

Phoenix runner Trent Sayers won silver in the 800m, but just missed qualifying with a 151.08 finish. He needed to finish the race 151 flat, Stephens said adding he appealed it, but it's an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rule that stands.

Stephens said the World Juniors competition will be especially tough for Brown and Laidlaw-Allen.

"The U.S. sprinters have a very good relay team and probably a couple of really good sprinters," he said.

Ontario has a good representation of track and field competitors, he added. Thirty-eight of the 53 Canadian team members are from Ontario.

Last year Brown won silver at the IAAF World Youth Championships held in Italy from July 3 to 13.

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