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May 29 2019 - NBIAA Regionals Recap

 

This past weekend over 700 athletes from across the province competed at their respective NBIAA regionals in hopes to qualify for the NBIAA Track and Field Provincial Championships that will take place Saturday, June 1st at the Rexton Track.

Qualification regionals were held in both Rexton and Saint John to determine the top eight athletes in each event, from each region, who will compete in this weekend’s provincial championship. In the case of field events, a qualifying height was also required to advance.

While one of the first nice days of this year blessed Rexton on Saturday, that was not the case for Saint John on Sunday. Regardless, many notable performances were made and there is a spectacular group of athletes advancing to Provincials this coming weekend.

Some highlights include:

Jordan Henri (Senior boys) of BMHS competing in the 100m and finishing with a time of 11.13. Jordan also competed in the 200m, unofficially breaking his own NBIAA record of 22.52 with a time of 22.38. Sadly, this time won’t count as records can only be set at provincial championships. Shelby MacIsaac (Junior girls) of RHS competing in the 100m, 200m, and 400m. She finished with times of 12.90, 26.66, and 58.63 respectively, while also unofficially breaking the NBIAA record in the 400m. Caroline Gagnon (Senior girls) of ODC competing in the 100m hurdles with a time of 16.75 and the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:12.19. Caroline also competed in the Long Jump competition and finished with a best distance of 4.87m. Keirstan Hicks of Ecole Aux Quatre-Vents and Sara Grant of Tantramar (Both Junior Girls) competed in the high jump competition to finish their competitions at 1.50m and respective first/second-place finishes. Craig Thorne (Senior Boys) of KVHS competing in both 110m and 400m hurdle events finished with times of 14.23 and 1:04.18. Craig is set up nicely to beat the 110m and 400m hurdle records set by Clint Steeves in 2015 (15.58) and 2013 (56.97), with a legal wind permitting. Mitchell Kean (Senior Boys) of Leo Hayes ran an impressive time of 2:13.06 in the 800m.

Full results for both competitions can be found at:

https://www.anb.ca/Results/index.php

An entry list for all athletes competing at Provincials can be found at: https://files.trackie.com/uploads/event/2019-05-28-17-08-28-1116159727-417545.pdf?rand=1240101324


May 28 2019 - Legion Coaches Announcement

 

Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce the coaches that will be heading to the 2019 legions this year. We are confident in our coaches and excited to see the accomplishments to follow with the athletes at this summer’s games!

Alex Stuart - Head Coach
Joni Colwell - Development Event Coach
Julien Leger - Event Coach
Carol Lepage - Event Coach

              

The Legion Track and Field Nationals are a nationally sanctioned event that will take place in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia this year, held from August 9th to August 11th. Selections of athletes for this event will be held at the Moncton Stadium from July 13th to July 14th.

 

“I’m very excited for our strong mix of experience and enthusiasm, I think this will be good year for NB at Legion Nationals and I feel we have the staff to support the athletes in achieving that success.”

-Alex Stuart, Head Coach

 

Registration for Legion Selections will be open soon and can be found at https://www.anb.ca/Calendar/view-event.php?id=1547 when available 


May 24 2019 - New Brunswick’s Track & Field History by Rod MacKenzie, Part 1

 

Hello to everyone ! Today, we are beginning a regular series of articles on the History of Track and Field performances in New Brunswick over the last one hundred years. My name is Rod MacKenzie, from Moncton, and I am a former athlete, coach and organizer, and also a huge track fan, who has recently completed extensive research into our sport’s history here in our home province. This story is fascinating, educational, and eye-opening, all at once, and it will make you proud to be a New Brunswicker ! We hope you enjoy these stories over the next few months, and we welcome your comments, feedback, additions and corrections at any time. Please contact me at rodmackenzie24@gmail.com.

Our first column today is focussed solely on participation in the highest level of our sport, namely the Olympic Games. To simplify the presentation of our information, we are beginning with our able-bodied athletes;  discussion of Paralympian athletes will be presented in a later edition. ** IMPORTANT NOTE:  In the effort of full disclosure, (maybe call it a disclaimer), we have chosen not to include in our celebration, any NB athletes who have admitted, under oath, to the use of performance enhancing drugs at any time in their career. **

The first Modern Olympic Games took place in Athens from April 6 – 13, 1896, with 12 nations and 176 men taking part in nine sports.  There were no women competing in any events  !!  Athletics (Track & Field), had 63 men from 9 or 11 countries entered, depending on which source you use. Canada had no entries that year. Many traditional events were held, with the exception of the 200m, 5000m, 10000m, steeplechase, 400 H, Javelin, Hammer, Decathlon, racewalking and relays. The metric system was used internationally for one of the first times, and the running events circled the small, tight track in a CLOCKWISE direction ! The competition was dominated by the Americans, even though very few of their best athletes were present.

By the time of the 7th Olympiad, in Paris, May 4 – July 7, 1924, the Olympic movement had grown by leaps and bounds, and now had 45 nations represented, with over 3,000 men, and 156 women from 45 nations  competing in twenty sports. Track and Field was held from July 6 – 13th that summer, with most traditional events represented, also including cross-country  and both a men’s Pentathlon and Decathlon.  Unfortunately, there were still no women invited to compete in Athletics. This was the Games that featured both famous Finnish distance legend Paavo Nurmi, and the British sprinter, Eric Liddell, whose story was told in the movie “Chariots of Fire”. Canada sent a fairly large track team, including many events where they entered three or four athletes; they travelled to Europe by boat !!

Amazingly, this is where our International  NB Track history really begins, as New Brunswick had TWO athletes qualify for the 1924 Paris Games. Remarkable & incredible . .  two NB’ers on the same Olympic Track Team. When will that ever happen again ? Twenty-five year old High Jumper, Andrew Miller, a two time National Champion from the Sussex area, competed in Paris with a minor nagging injury, and jumped a sub-par 1.65m (over 6 inches below his 1.81 pb) in the Qualifying rounds, finishing 22nd out of 27 and not making the Finals. He performed poorly at the mid-June CDN Olympic Trials, finishing 3rd or 4th, but was our only jumper remotely close to the Olympic standard, and was chosen on that basis. However, because he did not place in the Trials meet, he had to pay half of his travel expenses on his own to get to Paris. Had he equalled his pb that day, he would have placed tenth out of 27 jumpers !

Joining him on the 1924 Olympic Team was 21 year old quarter miler William Maynes of the Saint John area, who earned a spot on the 4 x 400m relay team.  Maynes was a two time National Senior medallist, with an incredible PB of 50.8 for 440 yds, actually 50.5 over 400m !! That was almost one hundred years ago. He ran the second leg of Canada’s 4 x 400m team, and they placed second in the opening round heats, ranked 5th going into the FINALS. In the championship final race, with 6 teams, they finished a solid 4th overall, behind a world record setting American squad, Sweden, and 3rd place Great Britain about 5.5 seconds in front of them. Our New Brunswicker, “Billy” Maynes, just a few strides shy of winning Olympic bronze !!  His relay result is our highest ranked Olympic track performance ever .

More than 3 decades and 5 Olympics would pass before our next NB athlete reached the Olympic peak. The 1956 Melbourne (Australia) Olympics were held in late November/early December, and were the first Olympic Games held in the Southern Hemisphere. The meet was held at the famous Melbourne Cricket Grounds, and involved 573 men and 147 women from 59 countries. The men had a full slate of events, but the women did not race longer than 200m (!!!), and there was no female 400H, racewalk, hammer throw, pole vault, or triple jump. Barely 20 years old, Diane Matheson, who began her illustrious track career in Moncton, competed in the heats of the 100m (6th of 6 athletes, tying for 29th overall out of 34), running electronic 12.59; in the 200m heats, she placed 3rd of 5 in her race (25.86), and ranked 23rd out of 27 overall; her CDN 4 x 100m relay team finished 5th of 5 in their heat (46.79), and 9th of 9 overall. In her track career over 4-5 seasons, Matheson broke or tied Canadian SR records in the 100/200m, and the 100/220 yards several times. She would go on to compete for Canada at the 1958 British Empire (Commonwealth) Games in Wales, and capture a BRONZE medal in the 4 x 100m relay. She is one of a small handful of NB athletes to medal at a major International Games. At CDN SR Nationals, Diane captured 3 Gold and 2 Silvers in the sprints.

Our next Track Olympian was a Moncton native, coached and trained in Ottawa, and was a National Champion in the Men’s Javelin. John Corazza (Officially Giovanni in his Italian family, Jean at his French High School) was a 26 year old named to the 1980 Olympic Team, but unfortunately was unable to realize his dream because of the USA led Western boycott of the Moscow Games (60 nations pulled out), in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In a high level “alternate” Olympic tour of competitions throughout Scandinavia two weeks prior to Moscow, Corazza recorded several outstanding performances and defeated some of the world’s best throwers ! Between 1977 and 1979, John represented Canada at a Commonwealth Games, World Student Games, and a World Cup Trials, and his pb (with the older model 800g jav) of 84.34 metres in 1980 ranked in the top 4 all time Canada at his retirement ! If he had competed in Moscow and equalled his pb, John would have qualified 5th of 18 in the prelims, and in the Finals, he would have tied for 6th out of twelve overall !!

Our next Olympian made his first appearance in the 1996 Games in Atlanta, and about 10 years later, he ranked (and still does) as our most decorated and accomplished International athlete. Joel Bourgeois, a 25 year old Grande-Digue native, toed the line in the opening round as one of thirty five runners in the Men’s 3000m Steeplechase. He ran 8:28.14, finishing 4th in his heat, and moved on to the semi-finals. There, Bourgeois ran to a fine 7th place in 8:31.45, finishing 16th overall, narrowly missing the top 12 Finals. Four years later, in Sydney, Australia, Joel  recorded an 8:28.07 heat, good enough for 7th of 13, but did not move on to the 15 man Final. He ranked 17th overall in the final standings. Over his magnificent career, Bourgeois competed in two Olympics, three Commonwealth Games (4th, 5th, 6th), three Pan Am Games (Gold, Silver, 6th), four World Student Games (Silver, Bronze, 5th, 5th), two World Championships (14th, 31st) and a World Junior Championships (6th). In Canadian Senior National competition, Joel picked up a remarkable 6 Gold, 6 Silver and one Bronze medal.  Simply amazing !

Finally, our most recent Olympian is Moncton’s 3K Steeplechaser, Genevieve  Lalonde, who competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Gen was up against 52 athletes in her event, and ran a fine 4th in her heat, in 9:30.24, enough to qualify for the Finals. In a tough Finals, the 24 year old ran 9:41.88, good enough for 16th of 18 in the final rankings. She presently has a PB and Canadian SR record time of 9:29.99, from the 2017 World Championships in London, where she placed a solid 13th. Gen has also competed at the 2015 Worlds in Beijing, the 2015 Pan Ams in Toronto (Bronze), the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, the 2007 World Youth, 2010 World Juniors, 2018 World Indoors, and the 2011 World Student Games.

Thanks for reading . . . our next article will cover NB performances at the Pan American Games and British Empire/Commonwealth Games since 1938.


May 24 2019 - SJTC SJHS spring meet - highlights

This past Monday, May 20th, the annual SJTC SJHS spring meet was held at the Canada Games Stadium in Saint John. Despite the rain and weather delays several athletes had exceptional performances. 

Jarod Manuel won the men’s shotput and discus, with throws of 12.78m and 36.67m respectively

Calvin McDonald of SJTC set a new provincial record in men’s 60-64 discus with a throw of 36.58m 

Jason Beach finished first in both the long jump and triple jump, with jumps of 5.29m and 11.28m 

Jocelyn Allanach of ASEA finished first in girls hammer throw (23.79m), shotput (8.43m), and discus (20.24m) 

Full results can be found here: https://www.anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=1078

The North-Eastern NBIAA regionals will be taking place on Saturday May 25thin Rexton and the South-Western NBIAA regionals will be taking place on Sunday May 26that the Canada Games Stadium in Saint John


May 20 2019 - Laura Dickinson named to Team Canada for FISU 2019

Last week saw a lot of good news for New Brunswick athletes. Included in those, is Miramichi Native Laura Dickinson. She along with forty other athletes were named to Team Canada for the 2019 FISU games, that will take place in Napoli, Italy this July.

Dickinson will be competing in te 10 000m race with other seasoned athletes of the same, elite calibre. Laura is no stranger to the podium or international competition with the U20 Pan Am games and the U20 IAAF World Championships under her belt already.

Her qualifying race time of 33:37.37, set this year in Palo Alto, CA, not only smashed the previous provincial record and qualified her for this amazing competition, but also broke the standard for this year’s Pan Am Championship.

A full team list can be found at:

https://athletics.ca/athletics-canada-nominates-2019-summer-universiade-fisu-team/?fbclid=IwAR3bRCNwyMCQm2_Qw6bTq_6iPOIuhxAqHQ3Jdcbmoj32Dmi0LJpcVg2qOWM


May 18 2019 - Genevieve Lalonde Breaks 3000mSC Canadian Record (Again)!

This Saturday, May 18th 2019 at the IAAF Diamond Leage in Shanghai, China, Geneviève Lalonde faced off against fifteen of the world's most elite athletes in the 3000m steeplachase. The Acadian athlete showed us all that she is fitter than ever, crossing the finish line in 9:29.82, besting her own Canadian record of 9:29.99 established in London, England back in 2017. 

Genevieve is coming off an incredibly strong cross country season, having finished 20th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark in March 2019. Her performance at the IAAF Diamond Leage in Shanghai this weekend is surely the start of a fantastic outdoor season.

"Congratulations to Genevieve on her outstanding performance and personal record," says Executive Director of ANB Stephanie Doiron. "We are proud to have an athlete of Genevieve's caliber representing New-Brunswick on the world stage. She is a true role model for our up and coming track athletes in New-Brunswick and we can't wait to see what she does next!"

Full results available here: https://shanghai.diamondleague.com/en/programme-results


May 17 2019 - Genevieve Lalonde to Compete in Shanghai Diamond League Race

 

Genevieve Lalonde will once again compete in a IAAF Diamond League 3000m SC event, which will take place in Shanghai this Saturday at 9:30 am AST. She will most certainly hold her ground alongside 15 other women; who collectively are considered the best in this discipline.

Lalonde is the current Canadian record holder for the 3000m Steeple Chase event, with a time of 9:29.99, set in London, England back in 2017. This weekend she will be looking to improve on her own time, while setting up her season for other high profile events as well.

The Moncton native is one of only five Canadian athletes invited to this elite event. Others include Michael Mason and Alysha Newman who will be competing in the High Jump the Pole Vault competitions, respectively. As well as Andre de Grasse and Aaron Brown, both competing in the 200m.

The meet will also feature world class athletes such as Luvo Manyonga (Long Jump), Sifan Hassan (1500m), and Elaine Thompson (100m) as well as others are also included in this star-studded lineup.

A livestream of tomorrow’s event can be found at:

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/trackandfield/track-and-field-iaaf-diamond-league-live-stream-shanghai-1.5134583

Live results as well as a full lineup can be found at:

https://shanghai.diamondleague.com/programme-results/programme-results-shanghai/#baseFrame#__athSchedule#ScheduleInit#Shanghai2019_CURRENTEVENT_JSON


May 16 2019 - ASEA Spring Open - Highlights

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ASEA Spring Open - Highlights

This weekend saw numerous notable performances at the annual ASEA Spring Open, which took place on Saturday, May 11th at the Moncton 2010 Stadium. Over the years this meet has proved to be a great season opener for plenty of track and field athletes in Moncton, as well as many other Atlantic track clubs. This year we had below average weather with a high of around 8 degrees for the morning/afternoon of track and field events.

Some highlights include:

- Craig Thorne of SJTC with an excellent time in the Junior 110m Hurdle event, breaking the provincial record by almost a full second with a time of 14.38, despite a head wind of -0.9. Later in the day Craig ran a respectable 57.17 in the 400m Hurdle race.

- Janelle Allanach of ASEA came out on top in the 300m Hurdle event, with an impressive time of 47.94.

- Sophie Dube of Fredericton winning the Girls 14-15 Long Jump competition with a jump of 4.29m

- Neal MacLean competing unattached finished the Masters 5000m event with a time of 19:11.78

- Andrew Rinzler also competing unattached finished the Masters 100m sprint with a time of 12.76 in the final

- Cameron Harris of SJTC won the 16-17 Boys 800m event with a time of 2:08.77

Full results from the event can be found here!


May 10 2019 - Legion Selection Meet Announcement

With summer quickly approaching and the end of indoor season, comes a new outdoor season and a chance to prove yourself and your abilities. This being said, it is ANB’s pleasure to announce that a date has been set, once again, for our Legion Selection Meet. The meet will take place July 13th and 14th at the Moncton Stadium and will determine which promising young athletes will move on to compete at the national championship in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia being held in August.

Every year New Brunswick sends a team of 36 athletes, along with coaches, to the event and the performances never cease to amaze us. This year is sure to be no different with all the young talent in our province. Declaration forms will be available online within the next few months leading up to the event, as well as at the selection meet. We encourage all athletes from the ages of 14-17 to come try out for the team.

Selection standards for the national event such as standards can be found at http://www.anb.ca/page.php?content=Legionstandards2019

More information and history about the event can be found under the "Programs" tab.


May 10 2019 - ASEA Open

ASEA is happy to once again be holding the annual ASEA Spring Open. Every year it proves to be an amazing event to open the seasons of countless athletes. This meet will be held at the Moncton Stadium on Saturday May 11th. We are looking forward to seeing seasoned athletes as well as some fresh faces, all with exceptional talent! Spectators and Volunteers are welcome to come out and watch/help out at this amazing event put on by ASEA.


May 10 2019 - Carl Cummings Participation at the Master Trainer Event in Winnipeg

ANB’s Track and Field Officials are always looking to improve and learn new abilities to continue to allow us to run major events and meets. Athletics New Brunswick is proud to announce Carl Cumming’s participation at the Master Trainer Event in Winnipeg, Manitoba last weekend. Carl’s participation at the event allowed him to be certified to now train other officials. With his certification, Carl can train our officials to be Clinicians Locally (For levels 1-3) and Nationally (Levels 4-5), Mentors Locally (For Levels 1-3) and Nationally (Levels 4-5) and Evaluators for Level 3-5.

 

Athletics New Brunswick is always looking for individuals interested in becoming an official or volunteering for meets. For more information regarding the responsibilities and tasks of a Track and Field official, please contact us at anb@anb.ca.


May 8 2019 - SJTC Twilight #1 Highlights

This past Monday, May 6th the first on the summer Twilight meets kicked off New Brunswick’s track and field outdoor season at the Canada Games Stadium in Saint John with over 90 athletes competing on a lovely evening for track and field action. Several great performances were recorded, a few of which are outlined below.

Rebecca Legace of the Saint John Track club set a new master’s record in the women’s shot put with a throw of 9.06 m as well as placing first in the hammer throw with a throw of 28.23m.

Abbigael Gaudry competing for Chebucto Athletics finished first in the 100m hurdles and long jump, with a time 15.76s and a jump of 5.21m.

On the men’s side Matthew Coolen of Halifast Athletics won the 100m with a time of 10.54s.

Craig Thorne competing for the Saint John Track club placed first in 400m (52.41s) and the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.51s beating the previous youth record by more than a second. However due to wind conditions, his performance will not count as a record.  

Full meet results: https://www.anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=1075

The next event will be the annual ASEA spring open on May 11th in Moncton. Registration can be found here: https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/event/asea-spring-open-rjtw-series-qualifier/32045/#.XNMhPOhKiUl

 

 

2019-06-17 - Silver Medal for Robertson at Canadian Combined Events Champs
2019-06-14 - New Brunswick’s Track & Field History by Rod MacKenzie, Part 2
2019-06-14 - Jacob Leblanc named to Team Canada!
2019-06-13 - New-Brunswick Middle School Track and Field Championships
2019-06-11 - Hub City Classic - Recap

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