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Jun 3 2018 - Despite cweather NBIAA Track and field Championships a success !

The NBIAA Track & Field Championships took place this past Saturday at the Moncton Stadium in Moncton. The province’s best high school athletes were in action, having qualified for the championships through regional competitions the previous weekend. The weather proved to be tough on the athletes, with cool temperatures, high winds and periods of rain. Despite the weather conditions four new NBIAA records were set:  

-Kyla Hughes of Clément-Cormier won the senior girl’s shot put with a throw of 11.66m, breaking the former record of 11.45m, set by Jennifer Bell in 2013. Kyla also participated in the senior girl’s javelin throw, throwing 32.65m for a 3rd place finish.

-Elliot Whippie of Fundy High won the Special Olympic shot put with a new NBIAA record of 7.09m, smashing the record of 5.51m, set by Nabil Riordon in 2017. Elliot also placed 3rd in the Special Olympic 50m, with a time of 11.19

-Emma McTavish of Oromocto Threw to a new NBIAA record, winning the girls Special Olympic shot put with a throw of 4.52m, breaking the former record of 3.58m, which was set in 2016. Emma also ran the Special Olympic 50m, with a time of 11.06. Emma’s run surpasses the NBIAA record of 13.95, but unfortunately due to wind conditions, her 50m performance will not count as a record.

Other Exciting performances include:

-Craig Thorne of Kennebecassis captured gold in the senior boy’s 110m hurdles, running 14.62, surpassing the NBIAA record of 15.58 by nearly a second. Unfortunately, due to wind conditions, his 110m hurdles performance will not count as a record. Craig also captured gold in the senior boy’s 400m hurdles, running 58.09.

-Alexandre Banks of Harbour View won the senior boy’s 800m and 1500m with times of 2:08.56 and 4:23.37, respectively.

-Alex Cormier of Mgr M-F-Richard captured two gold and one silver medals, winning the senior boy’s long jump and triple jump, with jumps of 6.22 and 13.41, respectively. Cormier also placed second in the senior boy’s high jump, jumping 1.70m.

-Kenneth McGovern of Saint John High placed first in the senior boy’s 400m and second in the 200m with times of 52.76 and 23.11, respectively. McGovern also helped the Saint John Highs’ 4x400m team, leading them to a first place finish with a time of 3:57.29.

-Samuel Bourque of Clément-Cormier took home gold medals in the senior boy’s shot put and discus throw, with throws of 14.15m and 42.57m, respectively.

-Owen Enstrom of J.M.A. Armstrong had three first place finishes among the junior boys. His performances include a midget boys record of 42.82 in the 300m hurdles, breaking the previous record of 42.88. Owen also ran 2:09.74 in the 800m and 53.44 in the 400m.

-Ben King of Kennebecassis ran his way to two first-place finishes, finishing with times of 24.16 in the junior boy’s 200m and 11.66 in the 100m.

-Hannah Trites of Fredericton High School captured three gold medals and one silver medal. Hannah captured gold in the senior girl’s 800m, 1500m, and 4x400m, with times of 2:32.01, 5:24.83 and 4:43.80, respectively. Hannah also helped Fredericton High School to a second place finish in the 4x100m, with a time of 56.87.

-Caroline Gagnon of L'Odyssée hurdled her way to gold medals in the senior girl’s 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles with times of 16.72 and 1:10.07, respectively. Gagnon also took the gold in the long jump, with a jump of 5.17m

-Jadyn Mah of Miramichi Valley had first-place performances in the junior girls’s long jump and triple jump, with jumps of 4.86m and 10.70, respectively. Mah also placed second in the 300m hurdles, running 53.53.

-Danielle Keefe of Fredericton High School placed first in the junior girl’s 1500m and 3000m, with times of 4:59.52 and 10:38.39, respectively.

-Mackenzie Hall of Fredericton High School won the junior girl’s 800m in a time of 2:28.02. Hall also placed second in the 400m and 200m with times of 1:01.27 and 26.60, respectively.

-Shelby MacIsaac of Riverview High won the junior girl’s 200m in 25.91. MacIsaac also won the 400m, with a time of 59.29, breaking her own midget girls record, which was 59.31. MacIsaac also took home the win in the high jump, jumping 1.50m.

Fredericton High School captured the AAA banner with a score of 219, while Leo Hayes High School was second with a score of 192.5, and third was École Mathieu-Martin with a score of 190. Bonar Law Memorial High School won the AA banner with a score of 176, while Bathurst High School was second with a score of 86.5, and J.M.A. Armstrong High third with a score of 84. Mgr Marcel-François-Richard won the A banner with a score of 91, while École Carrefour Beausoleil was second with a score of 51, and École Aux Quatre Vents third with a score of 51.

There were some amazing performances on the track and on the field at the Championships this year. The athletes continue to outperform themselves and compete in big numbers”, said Athletics New Brunswick Technical Director Gabriel LeBlanc. “We approached the athletes with information about other opportunities available to them in the sport and hopefully we’ll see some high-school athletes representing Team New-Brunswick at the at the Canadian Youth Championships in Brandon, Manitoba”, added LeBlanc.

Track & Field Championship results can be found here:

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