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Across the border, but closer than nationals

Across the border, but closer than nationals

PHILADELPHIA -- When Stephanie Ryall steps onto the track tonight at the 120th Penn Relays, she'll be one of only three Canadian individuals at the event. None of the three have run there before.

The Hamilton runner says a calm strategy should help her handle the pressure.

"I want to go for a good time" the 11th-grader at Westdale Secondary said earlier this week when asked about her goals. "I'm not really going for place."

"Girls like Tessa Barrett, Hannah DeBalsi ... those girls are much faster than me."

For Ryall, a good time in the 3000m run means 9:45 or faster, which is just over 10 seconds quicker than what she has run at...