Melissa Hardy finishes 13th against Canada’s best in track-and-field

Dave Kearsey
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Deer Lake’s Melissa Hardy defended her 3,000-m crown at the Atlantic University Sport championships in Moncton over the weekend. She will compete on the national stage Friday at the Canadian Intercollegiate Sport championships in Edmonton, Alta.

ANTIGONISH, N. S.  — Melissa Hardy finished 13th overall at the 2014 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) track and field championships at the University of Alberta Friday in Edmonton.

Hardy, a Deer Lake native representing St. Francis Xavier of the Atlantic University Sport, posted a final clocking of 10 minutes and 20.25 seconds.

Julie-Anne Staehli of Queen’s University is the CIS champion by breaking the 10-minute barrier when she crossed the finish line in nine minutes and 32.91 seconds, while Carise Thompson of Guelph nabbed third spot in the country with a final time of nine minutes and 33.98 seconds.

Hardy, the 2013 AUS individual cross-country champion, successfully defended her 3,000-metre crown with a time of 10:09.76 on the track at the Universite de Moncton.

Two weeks prior to the AUS event, Hardy broke the 10-minute barrier at an invitational meet in Halifax with a final clocking of 9:51.44 motivating her to take on the best in the country.

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport, University of Alberta

Geographic location: Canada, ANTIGONISH, Deer Lake Queen Guelph Halifax

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