Natasha Wodak took home her second national title of 2019 at the Canadian 10,000m championships on Thursday evening in Burnaby, B.C. The women’s race was extremely tight with Wodak just holding off Canadian 5K all-comers record holder Sarah Inglis and Canadian half-marathon and marathon record holder Rachel Cliff.
Wodak won in 32:09.69, Inglis was second in 32:11.42 and Cliff was third in 32:12.24. Inglis is British and Elaina Tabb and Sarah Pagano, who were fourth and fifth, are American so Emily Setlack who finished sixth overall in 32:56.83 was third in the Canadian championship.
Wodak is only three weeks removed from her first Canadian title of 2019 at the Ottawa 10K where she handily won the women’s race, finishing nearly 30 seconds ahead of second place Canadian Malindi Elmore.
CONSPIRACY:@bennyflanagan calls for his mom at NCAA champs in 2018.
THEN, he takes a short nap DURING A RACE and still wins in 2019.
— Alex Cyr (@Cyresy_10) June 14, 2019
In the men’s race, Ben Flanagan threw down at 64 second lap with five to go that broke up the race. He took the win in 28:37.49, second place went to Luc Bruchet in 28:44.29 and Rory Linkletter was third in 28:55.38.
This is Flanagan’s second 10,000m win in the past twelve months. Flanagan ran past the University of Alabama’s Vincent Kiprop in the final 100m and won in 28:34.53 only one year ago. Flanagan had almost half a second on Kiprop at the finish line and crushed his own PB by 43 seconds.
Wodak and Flanagan will both be named to the upcoming World Championships team as the first place finisher at the Canadian trials is an auto-select.