Discovery Canyon's Lauren Gale will represent Team Canada at the 2018 IAAF U20 World Championships

Lauren Gale Discovery Canyon girls track

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Lauren Gale is heading to Finland.

Gale, a recent graduate of Discovery Canyon, has been selected to be a part of Team Canada as it competes at the 2018 IAAF under-20 World Championships.

The 32-member team will travel to Tampere, Finland for the competition, which takes place from July 10-15.

Gale will run the 200 meters for Canada at Worlds. Her time of 23.96 at the Class 4A state meet in May is the third-fastest Canadian time in her age group this season.

A native of Ottawa, Gale moved to Colorado Springs from Canada in the summer of 2015. She made an immediate impact on the Colorado track scene.

In 2016, she finished first in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter 4A races.

Gale had hip surgery as a junior, and missed most of the 2017 track season, but still managed to qualify for three events at the state meet, and finished second in the 200, fourth in the 100 and helped Discovery Canyon placed second in the sprint medley relay.

This past spring, Gale again swept 4A's 100, 200 and 400 races.

Gale, who previously represented Canada at the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games, is signed to run track for Colorado State University.