Windsor’s Brandon McBride will represent Canada at this fall’s IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Doha, Qatar.The 25-year-old McBride, who is running for the Border City Athletics Club, clinched his spot on the national team with a win in the men’s 800 metres on Saturday at the Canadian track and field championships in Montreal.The Canadian record holder in the event, set a new meet record by winning in one minute and 44.63 seconds, which broke Gary Reed’s old mark of 1:44.93 set in 2007. McBride broke Reed’s old Canadian record last year to become the new national record holder with a time of 1:43.20.McBride was one of two area athletes to claim a gold medal at the meet. Border City teammate Jasmine Scott-Kilgo defended her title in the girls’ U20 long jump with a winning leap of 6.09 metres, which was a new personal best.Belle River’s Melissa Bishop-Nriagu, who is a two-time Canadian Olympian, settled for the silver medal in the senior women’s 800 metres when she was edged at the finish line by Pembroke’s Madeleine Kelly.Kelly won in 2:02.37 with Bishop-Nriagu, a former world champion silver medalist back to racing after the birth of her first child, ran 2:02.40.Border City athletes also claimed another silver medal and three bronze medals at the championships, which ended on Sunday.Gage Marshall ran a new personal best 21.39 for the silver medal in the boys’ U20 200-metre final. It is the seventh-fastest time ever in Canada for a runner under the age of 18. Marshall then joined Spencer Campeau, Milan Lobana and Benjamin Beaulieu on the bronze medal-winning boy’s U20 4×100-metre relay team with a time of 43.30.Likewise, Scott-Kilgo earned her second medal of the championships when she won bronze in the U20 girls’ 4×100-metre relay along with Kennedy Campeau, Karlie Moore and Krystalann Bechard with a time of 48.09.
Madeleine Kelly, second left, of Toronto, leads Lindsey Butterworth (4), Melissa Bishop-Nriagu (5) and Adrea Propp to the finish line to win the Women’s 800m final at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Montreal on Saturday.
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Local athletes owned two of the three podium spots in the senior women’s 400-metre hurdles, where former Canadian Olympian Noelle Montcalm, who runs for the University of Windsor Athletics Club, claimed the silver medal in 58:07 and Border City’s Kelsey Balkwill, who ran for Canada at last year’s world indoor track and field championships, took the bronze medal in 58:29.The Windsor Legion’s Andrew Davies won a silver medal in the boys’ U20 5,000 metres with a time of 14:42.10 and teammate Emma Pegg, just 16, earned the bronze medal in the girls’ U20 women’s 800 metres in 2:08.88.UWAC’s Corey Bellemore earned the silver medal in the men’s 1,500 metres with a time of 3:49.05 and teammate Ema Kralik picked up the bronze medal in the girls’ U20 pole vault by clearing 3.50 metres.UWAC’s Audrey O’Connor also came home with a bronze medal with a 12.97-metre effort in the U20 girls’ shot put.Two former members of the University of Windsor Lancers also made it to the podium at the meet. Sarah Mitton claimed the silver medal in the women’s shot put with a throw of 17.37 metres while Eli Pawliw won a bronze medal in the men’s shot with a best effort of 17.50 firstname.lastname@example.org@postmedia.com