Brandon Allen captures 3000m Canadian steeplechase championship

 

Brandon Allen of Amherstburg will be competing in the 3000m steeplechase at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Brandon Allen of Amherstburg will be competing in the 3000m steeplechase at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

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Amherstburg is extremely proud to have a track and field athlete, Brandon Allen, to be the first from this area to capture a gold medal at the Canadian Junior Track and Field championships held in St. Therese, Quebec.

Brandon’s time of 8.57 minutes in the 3000m steeplechase qualified him for the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon in late July. The world qualifying standard was 9.1 minutes.

Brandon also qualified for the 5000m at the World Championships but scheduling problems allows him to compete in only the 3000m steeplechase.

Brandon is a product of General Amherst High School and his performance in his last year of high school earned him a full ride at Iona College. In his final year (2013), Brandon captured gold in the OFSAA 3000m (2.13 minutes) and silver in the 2000m steeplechase (5.45 minutes).

In the fall of 2013, Brandon was also selected to the Canadian cross-country team which competed in the World Championships in Poland.

“I’m definitely excited,” he said.

While noting he has competed for Canada before, “it doesn’t get old. I’m really excited.”

Brandon will leave for the World Championships this Friday, July 18. He will join 40 other Canadian athletes in the quest for success. His goal is to make the finals in the 3000m steeplechase. Good luck, Brandon!

Brandon’s future plans are to return to Iona in the fall. He will run cross country first and train for the 3000m steeplechase and run from 1500m to 5000m in the NCAA’s.

Schooling is very important to Brandon and he carries a high 80s average in his quest for a medical degree. His parents, Rick and Tammy, have always supported Brandon and have been an important part of his success in track and field.

Brandon covers an 85-mile per week training program. He is very proud to represent Canada and he uses this goal to motivate him while running.

Good luck Brandon at the World Championships.

 

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