Samantha Kennedy to Compete in Canadian Olympic Trials
June 27, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Sophomore Samantha Kennedy of the Marquette University women's track and field team will compete in the women's hammer throw at the 2012 Canadian Track & Field Trials in Calgary, Alberta on Thursday, June 28.
Women's hammer qualifying is scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Central time at Foothills Athletic Park with the final taking place at 11 a.m. CT Saturday.
Kennedy is competing to gain experience for future international competitions and if she were to post a mark high enough, qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. She has already been listed on watch lists for Canada's 2016 Olympic squad.
Athletics Canada may select up to three (3) athletes who have achieved the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) "A" standard (71.50 meters) to compete in the 2012 London Olympics. If no athletes in a given event achieve the IAAF "A" standard, the IAAF allows for a maximum of one (1) athlete who has achieved the IAAF "B" Standard (69.00 meters) to be selected.
Kennedy, a native of Surrey, British Columbia who holds a season-best mark of 55.18 meters, competes with the Richmond Kajaks Track and Field Club and is coached by Richard Collier.
If she does not qualify for London 2012, Kennedy will compete at the 2012 Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships on July 27-29 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she is among the favorites to claim gold.
The Games of the XXX Olympiad begin on July 27 in London, England, while the women's hammer throw will be competed Wednesday, Aug. 8 and Friday, Aug. 10.