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Trio of tracksters compete in Washington meet

Dick Cheney's invitation to shoot the starting pistol revoked in the nick of time

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Three Dinos track athletes had the opportunity to carefully venture into the United States of America during the evidently dangerous quail-hunting season. But these athletes weren't there for sport; this was strictly business--which in their case happens to be sports.

Renee Kaylor, Shannon Popowich and Geoff Kerr competed in Washington in the Husky Classic Sat., Feb. 11 and University of Washington Open III Sun., Feb. 12. Luckily, the starter managed to keep his pistol pointed skyward and no athletes were shot in the face during either event.

On Saturday, Kaylor had the Dinos' best result. She completed the 800-metre run in 2:09.41. This put her fourth in her section and her time was the 12th fastest overall. Popowich was third in her section in the one-mile run. Her 4:53.20 time was the 14th fastest for the day. Kerr went the distance, winning his section in the 3000-metre run. His 8:16.02 time was 22nd overall.

In Sunday's UW Open, Popowich gave the 800-metre run the good old college try. She was third in her section as well as overall. With a time of 2:13.93, she was just 0.85 seconds behind the winner. Kaylor took a 400-metre dash in the right direction. Her time of 59.32 seconds was good enough for third in her section and fifth overall. Kerr ran the 800-metre run in 1:51.64 for fifth in his section and sixth overall.

Having proven themselves against stiff competition, these athletes rejoin their teammates Feb. 24-25 for the Canada West Track and Field Championship hosted by the University of Alberta.

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