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Lopes-Schliep, Mason achieve standards

Meeting International de Guadeloupe

Meeting International de Guadeloupe

Gossier, Guadeloupe – After taking a year off to give birth and in her first outdoor race since the Diamond League Final in September 2010, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Markham, Ont., finished third in the 100-metre hurdles at the Meeting International de Guadeloupe in an Olympic A standard time of 12.95 seconds.

Mike Mason of Nanoose Bay, B.C., won the men’s high jump in a new personal best of 2.31 metres.  Mason’s performance surpassed Athletics Canada’s Olympic Games A+ standard.  Lopes-Schliep and Mason now need to finish top three at the Track and Field Trials June 27 to 30 in Calgary, Alta., to secure their spot on the London 2012 Olympic team.

“I’m very happy with today’s performance.  I’ve never run this fast here and am looking forward to racing in Jamaica next week.”  Amazingly this was Lopes-Schliep’s fastest opening performance in Guadeloupe, where she’s opened her last four outdoor seasons.  “Each race will bring me closer to my dream of making the Olympic team and representing Canada.”  Lopes-Schliep’s next race is scheduled for May 5 in Jamaica.

Jared Connaughton of New Haven, PEI., Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., and Nikkita Holder of Pickering, Ont., all hit Olympic B standards at the Meeting International de Guadeloupe.  Connaughton raced to a third place finish in the men’s 200-metres in a time of 20.60 seconds.  In the 100-metre hurdles Holder finished fourth in 13.00 seconds while George was fifth in 13.11 seconds.