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Jun 28 2015 - East Coast Games Track and Field Highlights
The first East Coast Games were held in Saint John over the weekend with fine weather conditions prevailing. Track events ran Friday evening under the lights at the Canada Games Stadium while field events were held on Saturday. During the medal presentation ceremony Saturday evening, St. John Track Club’s Brady Graves and Victoria LeBlanc received the East Coast Games male and female, Track and Field athletes of the meet awards.
Victoria won gold in long jump (5.17m), 200m (27.51) and 100m hurdles (15.17) with Brady running a fast 1500m in a time of 3:59.45 for a first place finish.
It was a good day at the track for several athletes competing in the master’s category. Several new master records fell during these games at the track:
Paul Gautier of the SJTC had a very successful meet, setting four new master records in shot put (13.91m), discus (40.82m), hammer (38.43m) and weight throw (16.08m).
Sharon Peabody of the St John Track Club set a new record in triple jump with a distance of 6.00m and in the javelin with a toss of 12.74.
Merab Klein of the SJTC set a new 100m masters’ record in a time of 16.85s, destroying the previous record of 19.52 set in 2012.
David Jefferson of SJTC broke his own shot put record with a throw of 8.48m and the long jump record wit ha jump of 3.22m.
Fredericton’s Andrew Justason’s 1.65m height in the high jump set a new master record and in 110m hurdle in a time of 17.76s!.
Adrienne Cameron broke two masters record with a 22.83s 100m dash and a 1.97m long jump!
Other notable track and field performances saw ASEA’s Mickyle Welsh run a strong 100m (11.55) and 200m (23.53). Fredericton’s Jon Gionet threw well for a distance of 14.38m in senior men’s shot put. Both Sara-Eve Noel and Elizabeth MacDonald performed well in the hammer with throws of 41.54m and 54.34m respectively.
Jun 25 2015 - East Coast Games set for Friday Night Lights
Saint John will be host to the inaugural year of the East Coast Games this weekend. The Track and Field portion will take place at the Canada Games Track on the UNBSJ campus.
With 100 athletes participating in this meet which is also part of the MTL (Maritime Track League) either under the lights on Friday night or in the field on Saturday morning it promises to be a great event.
Not to miss events:
- The men’s 400m should be a very good race with the top 4 runners all ranked under 52 seconds. The top ranked athlete coming in is Dan Brown of Hampton with a time of 48.84s.
- The men’s 100m sprints is always exiting but with the likes of Artabaz Nazari (Saint John), Jacob Hayes (Saint John) & Mike Whitcomb (Saint John) we could see 3 runners under the 11 seconds barrier.
- The womens 110m hurdles will be host to two of New Brunswick best female hurdlers with Victoria Leblanc of Saint John and Sydney MacDonald of Miramichi.
Saturday Field Events:
- Jonathan Gionet of Bathurst will be looking to take the senior men’s Shotput where he comes in ranked 1st .
- Naomie Maltais of Val D’amour and Elizabeth MacDonald of Oromocto will battle it out in the Senior Women’s Discus and Hammer Throws. Maltais is ranked 1st in discus and 2nd in Hammer, MacDonald is 2nd in Discus and first in the Hammer. Both are also ranked in the top 15 in Canada.
The East Coast Games, will feature 6 sports held all across the Saint John , sports include 7’s Rugby, Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse and Softball.
More details available here: http://eastcoastgames.ca/
Jun 24 2015 - Shediac-Cape Athlete Qualifies for World Juniors!
Athletics New Brunswick is proud to announce that Shediac Cape’s very own Veronica Coombes has been selected to represent Canada at the 11th IWAS World Junior Games 2015 being hosted by the Dutch organisation, Disability Games Foundation in Stadskanaal, the Netherlands July 2nd to 8th! Veronica is one of Canada’s three members attending the games, including Jesse Brockville of British Columbia and Brandon Close from Saskatchewan. Veronica will be competing for Canada for the first time, and will be using her custom built wheelchair courtesy of the generous donation made by Embracor Medical.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for me, it has always been my dream to compete for Canada and I want to do the very best I can” says the junior wheelchair racer. Veronica has qualified for the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 1500m races. We all look forward to seeing Veronica compete and know she will make Canada and New Brunswick proud!
Jun 23 2015 - New Brunswick Athletes Perform Well at Canadian Combined Event Championships
This past weekend the Canadian Combined Events Championships were hosted in Ottawa ON, and three New-Brunswickers competed; Pierre Landry and Chris Robertson competed in the senior decathlon while Alain Doucet competed in the junior decathlon. This meet also serves as the Capital Cup, an IAAF sanctioned meet, featuring many of the top decathletes and heptathletes in the world.
In the senior men’s decathlon, Chris Robertson of Moncton was putting together a very strong performance with a first day score of 3411pts, which had him ranked 3rd amongst Canadians. He started day 2 with solid performances in the 110m hurdles and discus but uncharacteristically no heighted in the pole vault. Despite taking zero points in the vault, he continued on with a solid throw in javelin but did not complete the 1500m. This left him 8th amongst Canadians. The New Brunswick junior and senior record holder in the event will no doubt return with strong performances later this summer.
Veteran long jumper Pierre Landry of Saint-Louis, competing in his second-ever decathlon, was in good form through the first day of competition, ranked as 5th Canadian. He put together a solid second day with three personal bests, including a strong run in the 1500m. This gave him a total of 6047pts and a 5th place ranking in the Canadian Championship. This is an impressive finish for Landry who only recently made the switch from individual long jumping to the ten event challenge.
Rookie decathlete Alain Doucet put in an exceptional performance achieving 6 personal bests. His solid effort across the two days gave him a score of 5143pts, placing him 5th in the junior category for the Canadian Championships. The Dieppe native shows great promise in the combined events, and will be competing in another decathlon later this summer before returning to the Université de Moncton this fall, competing in track & field for the Aigles Bleus while persuing studies in engineering.
“We went in there with some pretty specific goals, in terms of point totals and placings,” stated Steve LeBlanc, Director of High Performance for Athletics New Brunswick and the personal coach of Landry and Doucet. “We came up a little short in points but we did exceed our hope for placings with Alain and Pierre. Unfortunately for Chris, we were hoping for a podium finish, but it was a tough day 2 for him in pole vault. It can be a very tricky event, especially in the context of a decathlon where it is the eighth event and you are going in tired,” added LeBlanc, who also works as a consulting coach with Robertson. “We did put the rest of the country on notice that New Brunswick is here to compete.”
Jun 22 2015 - New Brunswick Provincial Championships Recap
The New Brunswick Provincial Championships were held yesterday at the Shawn Graham Track and Field complex, under cool windy conditions, dampened by the occasional shower. The meet in Rexton saw three new masters records fall, all in the same race. Alex Coffin in the 45-49 category, Paul Thibodeau in the 50-54 category and Raymond Caissie in the 65-69 category, all set new NB provincial master’s records in the 3000M race. Hannah Trites of Motley Crew broke the girls midget 1200m NB provincial record with a time of 3:43.49. Chaleur's Sara-Eve Noel threw 42.65m for a new New Brunswick record in the youth hammer, beating her old record of 40.69m.
The 3000 m proved to be exciting as St. John Track Club’s Brady Graves ran a great race in a time of 8:34.33. This time ranks Brady 3rd in Canada as he improved his personal best time by over 14 seconds.
Performances to note in the women’s events included:
Sara Grant from Port Elgin Regional School jumped for gold in both the high jump (1.30m) and long jump (4.15m) and ran the 150m ( 21.75s) and 80m (11.29s) for sliver.
ASEA’s Bantam athlete Shelby MacIsaac won gold in both the 80m (11.26s) and 150m (21.59s) sprints and threw well for sliver in shot put (5.80m).
Chaleur’s Amy Poirier, Bantam age class, ran for gold in the 800m (2:42.06) and 1200m (4:15.61) distances.
ASEA’s Sydney MacDonald ran the 100m(12.96s), 100m hurdles (17.14s) and as well, threw shot put (9.60m) and javelin (31.38m) , with gold results across the board.
Laura Dickson of ASEA raced for gold, in both the 800 (2:22.08) and 1500m (4:46.03) distances.
Veronica Coomes raced her new chair to double gold in the 100m (20.61s) and 200m (42.52s) T54 races.
The women’s field events saw some strong competition between two veteran throwers. Naomie Maltais ended the day with a gold in discus (38.31) and a sliver in hammer (53.34). Her ASEA teammate Elizabeth MacDonald threw for gold in hammer (53.76m) and a silver in discus (37.81m)
Chantel Robichuad, ASEA, threw for gold in both shot put (5.65m) and discus (14.83m).
Chaleur’s Sara-Eve Noel placed first in both discus (39.00m) and hammer (42.65m) in the youth category.
Notable performances on the men’s side include:
Brady Graves, SJTC, also ran for gold in the 1500m (4:05.66).
Joshua Shanks, SJTC, ran the 1500m(4:06.22) and the 3000m (8:33.74) with gold performances in both.
The 100m and 200m sprints saw three double gold winners in their respective age categories:
Mickyle Welsh of ASEA- midget , (11.47s) & (23.19s)
Tyrell Marin of ARAN – youth , (11.60s) & (24.27s)
Braden Harrison of FLTC - junior , (11.33s) & (23.35s)
Mike Whitcolm of SJTC – senior , (11.07s) & (22.63s)
Patrick Dennis claimed three gold medals in the shot put (11.80m), discus (36.17m), and javelin (38.05m) in the junior category.
Walker Campbell of ASEA claimed gold in the youth shot put (13.30m), silver in discus (36.34m), and silver in the 100m final (11.99s).
Jonathan Gionet, FLTC had a solid day in the senior men's Shotput with a throw of 14m06, good for gold.
Aaron LeBlanc , ASEA, finished with gold in discus (36.01m) and hammer (41.23m) and a silver in shotput (10.51m)
At the end if the day it was ASEA who was named 2015 Provincial Club Champion.
Full meet results can be found at: http://www.anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=795
Jun 18 2015 - Robertson , Landry and Doucet ready for Canadian Combined events Championships .
ANB athletes from ASEA are in action in Ottawa this weekend at the Capital Cup this weekend. Chris Robertson and Pierre Landry will be competing in the senior men’s decathlon Friday and Saturday, while Allain Doucet will be competing in the junior category.
The Capital Cup is an IAAF sanctioned multi-event competition featuring some of the finest decathletes within the Pan American countries, including 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, Leonel Suarez of Cuba. This meet also doubles as the Canadian Senior National multi-event championships! ASEA’s Sara Miller will also be in action in the elite open 100 and 200m races!
“It's great to see some of New Brunswick top athletes compete at these championships, We know they will represent the province well” said Gabriel LeBlanc Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick.
The 2 day championships start Friday June 19th.
The decathlon is a combined event in athletics consisting of ten track and field events. Events are held over two consecutive days and the winners are determined by the combined performance in all.Day 1 100 metres Long jump Shot put High jump 400 metres Day 2 110 metres hurdles Discus throw Pole vault Javelin throw 1500 metres
Jun 18 2015 - Nutrition / Track Camp (French)
The network of communityThe network of community cafeterias partnerships with the Francophone School District south, Public Health Vitality Health Network and Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to offer a culinary and athletic Camp for youth ages 9 to 12, 23, 24 and 25 June in the school Louis-J-Robichaud of Shediac. Three days and three camps in athletics experts will be on hand to work with participants. The number of registration is limited to 16 participants to ensure a good ratio between the facilitators and participants.
The network of community cafeterias partnerships with the Francophone School District south, Public Health Vitality Health Network and Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to offer a culinary and athletic Camp for youth ages 9 to 12. 23, 24 and 25 June in the school Louis-J-Robichaud of Shediac. This camp will be in french.
Three days and three camps in athletics experts will be on hand to work with participants. The number of registration is limited to 16 participants to ensure a good ratio between the facilitators and participants.
Days filled with fun, while not miss the unique opportunity!
For more information, please see the following link to access the registration form, it is the first camp on the list.
Jun 17 2015 - New Brunswick Provincial Champion set for this Sunday
New Brunswick Provincial Champion set for this Sunday The Shawn Graham Track and field Complex in Rexton will play host to the 2015 New Brunswick Track and Field Championships this Sunday June 21st . Over 250 Athlete from all over the Maritimes are expected to attend these championships including some of the best athletes in Canada and up and coming provincial stars Athletes can register till Thursday June 18th at: www.anb.ca/2015NBOutdoor at a cost of $10.00 per event!
Aside from individual title we will also name our 2015 Provincial Club Champions at this meet! We have a banner that will be presented to the team that captures the most points at the championships. Saint John Track Club will try to defend it’s provincial team title. This meet is also a great opportunity to achieve standards for athletes looking to achieve standards to be part of Team New Brunswick for the Legion National Championships. More info available at the event website : www.anb.ca/2015NBOutdoor
Jun 16 2015 - East Coast Games Fields Growing
With the countdown continuing on the East Coast Games a number of events for the Athletics competition are starting to heat up as confirmed from Halifax will be coach Rich Lehman’s group which includes a number of middle distance athletes, male and female, competing in 400’s and 1500’s.
“The men’s 400m should be fun to watch,” said Lehman who is the head coach for the Dalhousie Tigers and club coach with the Halifast Track Club.
Justin Blades of Halifast has a personal best of 48.00s in the 400m and will look to race well as he prepares for the Canadian National Championships being held in Edmonton July 2-5. However, for Daniel Brown of the Saint John Track Club, also heading to nationals, the chance to race at home under the lights is an opportunity to show the local community how strong the track and field competition will be.
“This past year I won the 300m at the AUS indoor championships for UNB, I won the 400m in Lowell, Ma in early May, and I just won the 400m in a new personal best (48.84s) at the Ian Hume Invitational in Sherbrooke, Qc. Now, as I am gearing up for nationals I want to win the East Coast Games which will set me up nicely for Edmonton,” said Brown.
Also competing in the 400m will be Will Sandeson (Halifast) who will be looking to run his first race under 50 seconds and from Saint John will be Anthony Cormier who will be looking to run under 51 seconds as he is coming off a great 2015 NBIAA high school championships that saw him win the long jump and triple jump and finish second in the 400m. With a few other stand out 400m runners in the region this event is shaping up as a can’t miss.
In addition to putting on a very competitive meet the inaugural East Coast Games is looking to provide competitive opportunities for athletes of all levels through its evening track meet format. Lehman was quick to praise the meet and its creativity, “evening track meets are ideal within the Atlantic Provinces. The majority of individuals can get anywhere in a few hours which eliminates the need to book rooms for weekends at a time. In my experience as a University level coach, we are doing a disservice to our collegiate/post collegiate athletes in this part of the country by not having much for them. There are tons of events for the age group kids, but I've seen way too many athletes leave the sport at an age where they're physically ready to compete at their best because there's nothing for them. Events like the EC games provide competitive opportunities for athletes in this age range and that will help grow our sport within the Atlantic Provinces.”
As online entries begin to come in excitement is growing within the event and Athletics as a whole in Atlantic Canada. “There are a number of high quality groups in Atlantic Canada and when they all come together it's usually a recipe for a number of personal bests. Our group will always be most attracted to events at high quality venues with meet directors who truly understand the sport and the way quality senior athletes operate. We're starting to see more and more of that within Atlantic Canada and the national rankings will reflect that,” stated Lehman who added that the East Coast Games is positioning itself nicely on all those fronts.
For more information on the East Coast Games go to:
Registration for the track meet portion of the games is online and open:
Jun 15 2015 - Great Weekend for ANB Athletes
It was a beautiful weekend in Sherbrooke, Quebec for the approximately 50athletes that were competing at the 2015 Ian Hume Invitational. The meet was filled with new provincial records and not one but TWO new Canadian Records!
The highlight of the weekend had to be Shayne Dobson running with an incredible 4:26.76 in the men’s T37 1500m; this is a new Canadian record, topping his previous record of 4:34.52, as well as 4th place in the current world standings in this race and ranks him first among the Pan-American countries heading into the Para-Pan American Games!
The Campbellton athlete also broke the 400m T37 Canadian Record with a time 60.30s, topping the previous record of 61.72 stretching back to 1984! This is two superb times for the New Brunswick athlete heading into Para Pan Americans where he will running in both events!
Other highlights at the competition:
- - Kyla Hughes of Cocagne threw 12m30 to win the Midget shot put which is a new New Brunswick record, Sophie Black of Moncton threw 11.04 for 2nd place.
- Liam Turgeon threw 14m65 for a personal best for a 1st place finish in the 6kg junior Shot put.
- Samantha Taylor of Fast Tracks won the youth 100m sprint with a time of 12.49.
- Naomie Maltais of Val D’amour threw 50m95 in the women’s hammer throw for 2nd place.
- Pier-Luc McGraw of Tracadie-Shiela hand an impressive 1m85 high jump to win the youth high jump and a 5m99 long jump to finish 3rd!
- Andrew Leblanc of Fast Tracks won the youth 800m in a personal best time of 1:55.67!
- Jack Berkshire of Fast Tracks ran the open 400m in 49.71s to finish 4th and the youth 200m in 22.91 for 1st place! Both were personal bests.
- Dan Brown of Saint John ran a very fast 48.84 in the Senior Men’s 400m to win out of lane 1!
- Artabaz Nazari of Saint John ran a 11.00s in the senior men’s 100m sprint prelims.
- Kenneth McGovern of Saint John ran in the midget men’s 100m in a time of 11.97 for 3rd place and the 200m in a time of 24.44 to finish 2nd!
Elsewhere on the track, Caleb Jones of Saint John threw a season’s best of 72.17m in the senior men’s javelin to win the Ontario Senior Championship competition after having recovered from a lower body injury. Though this result has him less than a meter short of qualifying for the Canadian Pan Am team, this is a strong early season result for Jones.
Barry Britt of Hampton competed at one of the premier North American distance competitions at the Portland Track Festival in Oregon in a time of 14:23.58 to finish 28th overall.
As said by Jason Reindl, ANB high performance coach this weekend was a huge success for all of our ANB athletes, very good results all around!
Jun 15 2015 - Lalonde does it again!
Genevieve Lalonde of Moncton has been having one the best season ever by a New Brunswick runner , Saturday night she competed at the prestigious Diamond League event in New York and she did not disappoint.
After already hitting the Olympic and Worlds Standard, she bettered her own personal best by over 6 seconds establishing a new Provincial Record to finish 5th. In fact her time of 9:35.69 is the fastest time by a Canadian this year and also ranks her 20th in the world!
Lalonde is expected to be named to the Canadian team for the fast approaching Pan-American games which will be held in Toronto in the end of July.
‘’Geneviève’s season is simply amazing, she is a hard working individuals and is a great role model for our youth runners’’ said Gabriel LeBlanc Technical Director of Athletics’ New Bruunswick.
Jun 12 2015 - 50 athletes to Sherbrooke , Lalonde in New York and Britt in Oregon
It’s a busy weekend for New Brunswick athletes! This weekend, Sherbrooke, Quebec will be host to the Ian Hume invitational held at the same stadium in which the 2013 Canada Summer Games were held. This meet will have will showcase some of Canada’s finest athletes, including our contingency from New Brunswick.
Over 50 of New Brunswick best and upcoming athletes will compete at this annual meet!
Some athletes to keep an eye on:
- Caleb Jones of Saint John who has his sights on making the 2016 Rio Olympic team will be the favorite in the Senior Men’s Javelin throw.
- Dan Brown of Saint John is ranked 4th in the Senior Men’s 400m and 12th in the 200m coming in to this very competitive field.
- Artabaz Nazari of Saint John is ranked 9th in the Senior Men’s 100m coming in to the competition.
- Jonathan Gionet of Bathurst is coming in ranked 2nd in Senior Men’s Shot Put and 5th in the discus.
- Liam Turgeon of Restigouche is coming in ranked 1st in the Junior Men’s Shot put.
- Jake Hayes of Saint John is coming in ranked 11th in the Senior Men’s 100m and 14th in the 200m.
- Naomie Maltais of Val D’amour is coming in ranked 2nd in the Senior Women’s discus and a very close second In the Senior Women’s Hammer Throw.
Other New Brunswick athletes in action this weekend:
- Genevieve Lalonde will be competing at the Icahn Stadium in Randall’s Island, New York this Saturday. This will be New Brunswick’s first ever competing in one of the prestigous Diamond League races!
- Barry Britt will also be competing at one of the fastest tracks in the world in Oregon this weekend at the Oregon Distance Classic!
Best of luck to all of our great athletes this weekend!
Jun 11 2015 - Records fall at 3rd Annual Throwsapalooza
Last Sunday ANB hosted its Annual Throwsapalooza
This throws only meet saw amazing results with an incredible 9 new Provincial Records and 1 new Canadian record.
-Paul Gautier of Rothesay had an incredible day not only did he break 6 New Brunswick masters record in the M50-54 (Shot put -13m85, Discus- 39.63m, Hammer throw - 34.91m , Weight throw-15.19m, Javelin 39.67m and men’s Throws pentathlon 3431 points but also broke the Canadian Throws pentathlon record. His score break’s the previous CDN record of 3312 set by Zenon Smiechowski of British Columbia in 2005.
-Dave Jefferson of Saint John set a new provincial mark in the men’s 70-74 masters Hammer throw of 29m54 . Jefferson also set a new provincial mark in the throws pentathlon with a score of 2691 pts.
-Sophie Black of Dieppe bettered the New Brunswick midget (14-15) girls shot put record with a throw of 11m54 however on her 5th attempt Kyla Hughes of Cocagne threw of 11.79m to establish a new Provincial mark.
Some other notable performances included:
- Naomie Maltais of Val D’amour unleashed a great throw the women’s discus with a distance of 41.57m, this currently ranks Maltais #10 in Canada!
- The men’s 16-17 Javelin throw had a very stellar competition with Olivier Charron of Moncton leading the way with a throw of 50.42m closely followed by Byron Wood of Nova Scotia with a throw of 49.14m and rounding up third was Christian Godin of Ste-Marie-St Raphael with a throw of 42.04m
- Caleb Jones, New Brunswick’s best ever Javelin thrower rounded up the senior men’s javelin throw with a distance of 71.06m.
‘’These are amazing results and shows once again that New Brunswick throwers can and are among the best on Canada. Paul’s and Dave’s performance is a great example that athlete’s of all ages can excel and are great role models for our youth ‘’ said Gabriel LeBlanc technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick
Full results available here: http://anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=790
Jun 10 2015 - New-Brunswick Middle School Championships Recap
The New-Brunswick Middle School Championships took place at the Canada Games Stadium in Saint John on Tuesdays June 9th. Nearly 300 students from twenty schools all around the province participated in this competition. Unfortunately, due to extreme weather conditions, all of the events in the afternoon were canceled. Excellent performances from Devon Middle School helped them win the provincial championship in the two categories, male and female. Male athletes of this school leave with the provincial banner for a second consecutive year.
During the Championship, a record was broken by Hannah Trides (grade 8) for the Bliss Carman Middle School in the girls 1200m run event.Her impressive performance surpasses the previous record of middle schools in New-Brunswick, set by Laura Dickinson of Harkins Middle School which was established in 2013.
Other exciting performances include:
Mylène Ferguson (grade 7) who finished in first place in the 80m dash and second in the 200m hurdles with times of 11.44s and 33.64s respectively.
Rebecca Cotton (garde 7) for Bliss Carman Middle School who won the high jump along with Rachel Mallaley and Kaitlyn McCain in a three-way tie (1.20m). Rebecca also finished third in the shot put event with a throw of 6.65m.
Julia Leblanc (grade 8) from Bayside Middle School earned two gold medals, one in the 300m dash with a time of 47.32s and another one in long jump with a great jump of 4.29m.
Dalton Dunn (grade 8) won the 1200m run with a time of 4:16.45 and finished second in the 300m dash with a time of 43.20s.
Cameron Fraser (Grade 8) from MacDonald Consolidated School finished in first place in the long jump event with a leap of 4.87m. He also managed to finish second in the 200m hurdles.
Full results here: http://anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=791
Congratulations to all athletes.
A special thank you to all the volunteers and organizers who helped during this Championship.
See you next year!
Jun 8 2015 - NB Middle School Championships set for tomorrow
It’s that time of year track fans! The New Brunswick Middle School Championships will take place tommorow Tuesday, June the 9th. Canada Games Stadium in Saint John will host the Middle School Championships (Grade 6, 7 and 8). Over 300 students from more than 20 schools across the province will be in attendance.
The events offered are the following: 80m, 100m, 150m, 200m, 300m, 800m, 1200m, 200m hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put, 4x100m relay and the medley relay.
Last year we saw Bliss Carman winning the girls banner and Devon Middle School captured the boy’s title.
Jun 7 2015 - NBIAA Provincial Track and Field Championships Recap
The NBIAA Provincial Track and Field Championships took place at Canada Games Stadium in Saint John this weekend and athletes did not fail to impress. Rainy and sunny conditions emerged throughout the day as athletes competed for medals and team titles. 6 NBIAA records were set at the event.
- Laura Dickinson of Miramichi Valley High School captured both the 3000m (10:25.10) and the 1500m (4:43.31) junior title with a new NBIAA record in the latter. This record was especially remarkable as it surpassed Genevieve Lalonde's mark of 4:49.24 at the 2006 championships. Dickinson also captured a bronze medal in the 300m hurdles.
- Brianna Forbes of Bonar Law High School won the junior girls long jump (4.89m) and triple jump (9.83m) with the latter performance breaking the NBIAA record of 8.05m set at last year's championships by Courtney Hibert. Forbes also placed 12th in the 100m.
- Victoria LeBlanc of Saint John High School set NBIAA records in both the senior girl's 100mh and 400mh with times of 16.15 and 65.88, respectively. These times surpass the former NBIAA records of 16.27 held by Sydney MacDonald from last year's championships, and Erica Docuet's 2004 performance of 67.48. LeBlanc also captured the long jump title with a best of 4.91m.
- Sara-Eve Noel of École Secondaire Népisiguit captured both the senior girl's shot put (9.91m) and discus (39.54m) titles with a new NBIAA record in the latter. Noel's discus performance surpassed the former record of 35.80m set by Denise Pelletier in 1996! Sara-Eve had also finished 8th in the javelin throw with a best of 22.87m.
- Greer Allen of Fredericton High School broke her own Special Olympic shot put record with a throw of 3.54m and came just 0.01 off from her own 50m record of 13.95 set at last year's championships.
- Clint Steeves captured both the 110mh (15.58) and the 400mh (58.22) senior titles with a new NBIAA record in the former. This time surpasses Alexandre Doucet's 2009 record time of 15.85. Steeves had also finished 8th in the long jump with a best of 5.35m.
Other exciting performances include:
- The Fredericton High School senior boy's 4x400m relay team challenged the oldest NBIAA record of 3:35.4h set by Moncton High School in 1971. The FHS team came up just short of the record finishing with a time of 3:36.25, over 6 seconds ahead of their closest competitors.
- Riverview High School's 4x100m and 4x400m junior team's captured both titles with times of 48.62 and 3:59.50, respectively.
- Jack Berkshire of Fredericton High School accomplished the astounding sprint triple, winning the 100m, 200m, and 400m with times of 11.42, 23.04, and 51.14, respectively. Berkshire's 200m performance neared Prince Mwenga's 2002 championships record of 22.75, a record that has stood through some of New Brunswick's great sprinters such as Adam Gaudes and Matthew McLaughlin.
- The junior girl's high jump concluded with interesting results; Sophie Black of École Mathieu-Martin won the event with a jump of 1.42m, while Noemie Doucet of École Aux Quatre Vents finished second with a jump of 1.35m.
- Pierre-Luc McGraw won the junior boy's high jump with a best of 1.80m, an great height for a junior as it neared the NBIAA record of 1.86m set by Luc Gallant in 1996. This height also surpassed the senior boy's height by 7 centimeters!
-Walker Campbell of Boanr Law won 3 golds , in the Shot put (14.95m) , 100m and discus.
-Patrick Dennis of Bonar Law won the Senior boys Discus and Shot put.
- Andrew LeBlanc of Fredericton High School posted the only sub-2 minute 800m time of the day, running 1:56.93 to win the event and near William Best's 1990 record performance of 1:55.80. LeBlanc also won bronze in the 400m with a time of 51.90.
''We saw some great performances from our high school athletes ' said Gabriel LeBlanc Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick '' We were also able to identify some new athletes that have potential to make our provincial teams and who knows maybe some futur stars'' added LeBlanc
Fredericton High School won the AAA championship banner with a score of 314.5 while Bonar Law High School won the AA champion banner with a score of 273.5, and École Quatre Vent won the A banner with a score of 58.5.
Full results to the championships can be found here: anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=789
Pictures of the event available here: http://anb.ca/Photos/index.php
By: Brandon Scott LeBlanc
Jun 6 2015 - Amazing day for Veronica Coombes
One of New Brunswick's best para-athletes, Veronica Coombes, was in action in Arbon, Switzerland today. Veronica had been sidelined all of the 2014 season due to medical issues, but has made a triumphant return, achieving three provincial records and world junior championship standards in the T-54 100m and 200m events!
Coombes placed 9th in the 100m with a time of 19.42 (world junior standard being 20.55), breaking her provincial record of 20.57 set in 2012; placed 8th in the 200m with a time of 36.57 (world junior standard being 37.30), breaking her provincial record of 36.82 set in 2012; and placed 13th in the 400m with a time of 1:12.12, breaking her provincial record of 1:13.09, also set in the 2012. Veronica was the top Canadian in all three of her races.
Coombes was delighted with these results, saying “I felt ready for my race and I felt amazing being able to achieving those times”, and her coach, Ueli Albert, had this to say about her performances: “Veronica has shown great races so far and I'm really looking forward to what she can do on the weekend. We came here to achieve world junior standards and anything else now is bonus race experience. Mission accomplished!”
There were 17 new world records achieved at this meet, which goes to show the incredible quality of this series and how the sport is still improving from years before. The times Veronica has achieved should qualify her for Team Canada as long as she remains within the top six juniors in the country which she would rank 3rd in at the moment.
Other Atlantic athletes attended this meet, with Ben Brown achieving three Worlds A-standards and Para Pan-AM standards for the 100m, 200m and 400m, and Ryan Shay achieving two Para Pam-AM standards for the 100 and 200m.
Veronica is back in action this weekend at the Swiss Nationals in Arbon and will be competing in the 100,200,400,800 and 1500.
Full Results can be found here: www.rollstuhlsportevents.ch/__/frontend/handler/document.php?id=603&type=42
Jun 4 2015 - Middle School Championships Deadline
Registration for the Middle School Track and Field Championships closes tomorrow night, June 5th, before midnight. This meet provides New Brunswick middle school students an excellent opportunity to experience the sport of track and field and allows them to compete for their school in the process! Ribbons will be awarded to the top eight finishers in each event and the top ranked school will receive the provincial banner.
Register your team online at: https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/register.php…
See the meet package for more information at: http://anb.ca/Calendar/documents/Middleschool20152.pdf
Hope to see you all in Saint John on Tuesday!
Jun 1 2015 - THROWSAPALOOZA 3
Coaches and athletes,
Registration is open until Friday, June 5th at 11:59pm; individual events will be $10 each while the throws pentathlon will be $25.
More info : http://anb.ca/Calendar/view-event.php?id=1103
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