CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illini sophomore Nathan Vadeboncoeur won the 400m title at the Canadian Senior Championships July 15 with a personal record of 46.12. His new career best places him eighth all-time in the 400m in Illinois track and field history.

The Winnipeg native also competed in the 200m, where he set another personal record of 21.22 in finishing fourth.

Vadeboncoeur's first-place finish at the Canadian Senior Championships is his first Senior National title. He previously won the Junior National title in the 400m in 2003.

Vadeboncoeur's times this weekend qualify him for the World University Games in the 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay. The World University Games will take place in Izmir, Turkey, August 11-22. His times also qualify him for the 400m and 4x400m relay at the Francophone Games in Niamey, Niger, in December.

Vadeboncoeur will compete in the 4x400m relay and the 400m at the Commonwealth Games in March 2006 in Melbourne, Australia.

-- Courtesy University of Illinois