Felicien falls in trials
EDMONTON, Alberta – Perdita Felicien's shot at running in the World Championships for Canada took a spill Saturday at the Canadian Senior Track and Field Championships.
Running her specialty, the 100-meter hurdles, the Illinois standout slipped and was disqualified during her heat race.
The Edmonton Sun reported Felicien will appeal based on extenuating circumstances because she raced on a wet track after a long wait.
"It was too slippery to recover," Felicien told the Sun. "After a half-hour delay, we were all cold when we went out there. Then it started to rain. All 16 of us asked to either run it later (Saturday night) or (this morning) but were told no. We had 15 minutes to warm up, and that's not enough time.
"I said before I went out there, 'Something's going to happen out there: Somebody will pull something.' I didn't know it was going to be me."
Felicien will have another chance to make the World Championships team at the Francophonie Games before the final team selection comes July 23.
"I'm disappointed," the junior-to-be said. "I'm optimistic. I'm not going to get down on myself because it's not over. If I don't go, I'm young. I'm only 20, and there's so many more world championships. Of course, it won't be the same deal because it won't be in Edmonton and it won't be in Canada, most likely."