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Dec 31 2017 - Top 17 of 2017: Athletics New Brunswick Yearly Recap

Top 17 of 2017

Athletics New Brunswick Yearly Recap

It’s become an annual tradition for Athletics New Brunswick to reflect on the past year. 2017 was an extremely successful year, perhaps one of the greatest for our association although it seems like we say that every year! So with thanks, appreciation, and happiness we present to you the top 17 ANB stories of 2017. See you in 2018!


1. The Year of Laura Dickinson

Laura Dickinson of Miramichi had a breathtaking year, winning gold in the women’s 5000m at the 2017 Pan American U20 Track & Field Championships, running a time of 16:39.50 to break the junior, U23, and senior provincial records with a time of 16:39.50. Dickinson won both the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m at the Canadian U20 Track & Field Championships with championship record times of 10:16.25 and 16:44.61, respectively. At the Canada Summer Games, Laura won silver medals in both the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m, and was New Brunswick’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the games. Following a 7th place finish in the junior women’s race at the Canadian Cross Country Championships, Dickinson has been selected to represent Canada once again, this time at the 2018 Pan American Cross Country Cup.


2. Geneviève Lalonde Smashes Canadian Record

In what was regarded to be the fastest field in history, Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton placed 13th in the women’s 3000m steeplechase at the 2017 IAAF World Track & Field Championships, running a time of 9:29.99 to break her own national record and become the first Canadian to break the 9:30 barrier. Lalonde won the 3000m steeplechase at the Canadian Track & Field Championships with a championship record of 9:37.45, and finished 5th in the 1500m. During the indoor season, Geneviève broke the provincial record in the indoor 1500m with a time of 4:19.52.


3. Veronica Coombes Wins Triple Gold at Canada Games

At the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Veronica Coombes of Shediac Cape won gold in the women’s 200m, 400m, and 1500m wheelchair events. Coombes won all but one of Team New Brunswick’s gold medals and was awarded the Roly McLenahan Award by SportNB.


4. Shelley Doucet Captures Francophone Gold

2017 proved to be a breakthrough year for Quispamsis native Shelley Doucet, who captured gold in the women’s marathon at the Jeux de la Francophonie. The performance was the first ever athletics gold for a New Brunswick athlete, and was the province’s first gold medal in any sport since 1997. At the Boston Marathon, the road runner smashed the RunNB marathon record with a time of 2:46:29, and finished 9th at the World Long Distance Mountain Championships.


5. Shayne Dobson Finishes 5th at World Para Athletics Championships

Campbellton native Shayne Dobson placed 5th in the men’s T37 1500m at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, running a time of 4:46.61. Earlier in the season, Dobson broke the provincial record with a time of 4:20.90, ranking him as the second fastest in Canadian history.


6. Sarah Macpherson Finishes 10th at Summer Universiade

Sarah Macpherson of Fredericton placed 10th in the women’s 1500m at the 2017 Summer Universiade, running a time of 4:22.77. MacPherson finished 4th in the 1500m at the Canadian Track & Field Championships and, earlier in the season, broke the provincial record in the event with a time of 4:09.90, becoming the first New Brunswicker to break the 4:10 barrier.


7. Upcoming Male Sprinters

2017 was a breakthrough year for New Brunswick male sprinters: Tyrell Marin of Dalhousie and Adrian Kinney of Bristol both smashed 11 seconds for the 100m, running 10.87 and 10.97, respectively. Jordan Henri of Moncton became the first Atlantic youth athlete to break 7 seconds in the 60m, with a best performance of 6.95, and had a breathtaking 200m performance, running 22.62 to smash the youth, junior, and U23 provincial records. At the Atlantic Track & Field Championships, a team comprised of Brandon Cleghorn, Tyrell Marin, Braden Harrison, and Alexander Williston broke the U23 and senior provincial records with a time of 42.50.


8. Erin Vringer Wins Silver at Legion Track & Field Championships

At the 2017 Legion Track & Field Championships, bantam athlete Erin Vringer of Saint John won silver in the midget girl’s 2000m with a provincial record time of 6:29.51. The upcoming distance runner achieved many impressive performances both on the track and on the roads, including bantam provincial records in the 1200m and indoor 600m.


9. 15 Year Old Jacob LeBlanc Wins Bronze at Canada Games

At the 2017 Canada Summer Games, 15 year old Jacob LeBlanc of Moncton won bronze in the men’s 1500m wheelchair with a time of 3:52.98. LeBlanc also finished 4th in the 400m and 5th in the 200m with times of 30.69 and 57.36, respectively. With a 200m time of 30.16 in the prelims, LeBlanc broke the provincial records in all three events.


10. Nick MacMackin Shines at USports Track & Field Championships

Nick MacMackin of Quispamsis accomplished a series of impressive performances at the 2017 USports Track & Field Championships, finishing 4th in the 1000m, 5th in the 600m, and 11th in the 1500m, along with a silver medal performance as a member of the University of Windsor 4x800m relay team. MacMackin’s 600m time of 1:18.82 broke the provincial U23 and senior records, while a 1000m performance earlier in the season broke the longstanding U23 record.


11. New Brunswick Athletes Shine at the Canadian Indoor Track & Field Championships

At the 2017 Canadian Indoor Track & Field Championships, New Brunswick athletes captured a total of 14 medals, including 4 golds, 4 silvers, and 6 bronze. Gold medalists were Kyla Hughes of Cocagne in the youth girl’s shot put, Jordan Henri of Moncton in the youth boy’s 60m, the ASEA youth girl’s 4x200m relay team, and the Team New Brunswick junior girl’s 4x200m relay team.

12. New Brunswick Dominates at the Jeux de la Francophonie Canadienne

At the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie Canadienne, Team New Brunswick captured a total of 37 medals, including 8 golds, 13 silvers, and 16 bronze. The team of 20 athletes broke 4 championship records and won the championship banner. Gold medalists were Emily Doucet of Aldouane in the midget girl’s 800m, Isabella Lemaire of Dieppe in the midget girl’s 1200m and 2000m, Kyla Hughes of Cocagne in the youth girl’s shot put, Alex Gionet of Dieppe in the midget boy’s high jump, Jérémie Hébert of Shediac Bridge in the midget boy’s javelin throw, Alex Cormier of Saint-Louis-de-Kent in the youth boy’s triple jump, and Christian Godin of Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël in the youth boy’s discus throw. The gold medal performances by Doucet, Lemaire, and Hughes were all championship records.

13. James Brace Wins Big at Canadian Track & Field Championships

At the 2017 Canadian Track & Field Championships, James Brace of Interval won gold in the para men’s javelin throw with a best attempt of 18.14m. Brace won silver in the shot put with a best attempt of 7.22m, and placed 8th in the discus throw with a best attempt of 21.31m. Brace’s performances in the javelin and discus broke the provincial records.

14. Christel Robichaud Wins Bronze at Canada Games

At the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Christel Robichaud of Moncton won bronze in the para women’s discus with a best attempt of 14.55m. Robichaud placed 4th in the shot put with a best attempt of 5.88m, and at the Canadian Track & Field Championships placed 6th in both the javelin and discus throw, and placed 7th in the shot put.


15. Jason Reindl wins AUS Male Coach of the Year

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds made incredible improvements at the 2017 AUS Track & Field Championships, giving Dalhousie a scare for the men’s title, and placing third for the women’s title. The performances earned UNB Head Coach Jason Reindl the AUS Men’s Coach of the Year award.


16. Liam Turgeon Wins Bronze at Canada Games

At the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Liam Turgeon of Tidehead won bronze in the men’s shot put with a personal best throw of 14.66m, beating out the next closest competitor by nearly 60cm. The performance was New Brunswick’s second ever medal in the event after Travis Washburn won bronze at the 1993 Games. During the indoor season, Turgeon broke the U23 provincial record in the weight throw with a best attempt of 15.88m.


17. The Launch of the Youth Cross Country Series

2017 marked the inaugural Youth Cross Country Series, a Run, Jump, Throw Wheel development program consisting of cross country events for athletes aged 13 and under. The series was a roaring success, with over 450 athletes participating in the provincial championship and strong performances at the Atlantic Youth Cross Country Championships. A number of regional cross country meets led to record levels of participation in the province.


Notable mentions:

- Jon Gionet's Season,

-Steve LeBlanc named on Team Canada for JDLF ,

-Andrew LeBlanc’s record-shattering year

- Andy Justason Sets National Record

-Bill MacMackin Honoured with PRESTIGE Award

-Belyea Brings Home Gold from Masters Indoor Champs


By : Brandon Scott LeBlanc

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