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Tyler Dozzi and Laura Dickinson break Canadian junior 5,000m records

Only one week removed from a win at ACXC, Tyler Dozzi breaks the Canadian junior indoor 5,000m record

In his first track race of the indoor season, Tyler Dozzi broke the Canadian junior indoor 5,000m record. Dozzi unofficially holds the new record at 14:18.92, just 0.05 seconds ahead of the previous record held by Ehab El-Sandali at 14:18.97. 

The Boston University season opener is one of the first big meets of the indoor track season, where cross-country runners will test their fall fitness on the track. Dozzi is coming off a win at the Athletics Canada Cross-Country Championship in Kingston last weekend, and clearly his work this fall on the trails has translated onto the track. 

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Dozzi didn’t only win the National Cross-Country Championship, but he also waited at the finish for all of his cross-country compatriots to finish so that he could shake their hands before exiting the finish corral. The new Canadian record-holder is in his first year at UBC. 

Yves Sikubwabo, the 2017 U Sports Cross-Country Champion, also ran the 5,000m on Saturday, finishing in 14:11.30. 

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Laura Dickinson of Miramichi, New Brunswick set the new U20 women’s record at 16:10:65 in Boston, breaking the old record by over 20 seconds. Dickinson represented Canada at the 2018 World Junior Championships in the steeplechase. 

Charlotte Prouse, who was ninth at the NCAA cross-country championships two weeks ago, ran dangerously close to the Canadian senior 5,000m record in Boston. Prouse finished the 5,000m in 15:26.01, less than a second off of Megan Metcalfe-Wright’s record of 15:25.15. 

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Canadian 5,000m runner Andrea Seccafien tweeted post-race that Prouse had nearly broken the record. Prouse replied that she was a little too close for her liking. Prouse, who runs for the University of New Mexico Lobos, has finished her cross-country eligibility but still has eligibility on the indoor and outdoor track. Her season opener suggests that Prouse will have a very strong indoor season.