Back on Track: Action Packed Weekend for NB Athletes
The stage is set for a very competitive weekend at the Canada Games Stadium in beautiful Saint John, New Brunswick. The province’s finest athletes will be showcased as they compete in the Canada Games and Legion National trials, as well as the New Brunswick Provincial Championships, where team champions will be crowned. This meet is very important for New Brunswick Track and Field athletes as they compete for a spot to represent team New Brunswick, on some of the largest national stages.
Following the weekend, the New Brunswick Canada Games team will be named. The successful athletes will travel to the 51st Canada Summer Games in Niagara, Ontario to compete from August 16th to 20th.
New Brunswick has several athletes who are in positions to claim a spot on the podium in Niagara this summer.
- Jordan Henri of Moncton has achieved a personal best time of 10.57s (+1.8) in the 100m this summer, surpassing the A+ standard in the event.
- Mitchell Kean of Fredericton will compete in the 1500m, where he recently achieved the A+ standard with a time of 3:51.10.
- Carys Jacobson of Fredericton will compete in the 100m and 200m. Jacobson has achieved A+ standard in the 100m, running 12.03s (+0.5) in the weeks leading up to the competition.
- Amongst the Fredericton crew, Andrew Leblanc will look to improve his time of 1:49.70 over the 800m, where he has already achieved the A+ standard.
- Sam Bourque of Moncton will compete in the shot put and discus events. Borque has achieved the A+ standard in the shot put with a throw of 15.43m and will look to improve this over the weekend.
- In the 3000m steeplechase, Issac Cull of Fredericton will be the top seed with a 9:08.38 in the event, as he surpassed the A+ standard prior to the weekend. Cull will also be competing in the 5000m, where he will compete in a strong field of athletes including Jared Howse of Fredericton.
- Lexie Shannon of Fredericton will certainly be one to watch in the women’s triple jump, as she builds off of her excellent academic season where she was crowned U SPORTS Champion in the event.
Shortly after, the athletes chosen to represent Team NB at the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships will be named on July 12th.
After two years of absence, Head Coach Sue Ellis Loparco, Event Coaches Carol Lepage and Brandon LeBlanc and Development Coach Oyinko Akinola get ready to rise to the occasion alongside some of New Brunswick’s best youth athletes. The team of rising stars will travel to Sherbrooke, Quebec where they will compete from August 5th-7th. New Brunswick athletes are always one to watch for at this meet and this year will be no exception.
During the season, we have seen very promising results from our local athletes who have achieved Legion National standard and continue to show improvement. Here are some individuals to keep an eye on this weekend:
- Nathan Rioux of Aetos Athletica will be competing in the U18 100m, 200m and long jump. He is going into the weekend with a jump of 5.76m (+1.2), achieved at the NBIAA championship.
- Anna Somers of the Saint John Reds Track & Field Club is a very promising contender for not only Legion Nationals, but the Canada Games as well. Somers will be competing in the U18 100m, 200m and 400m. She is going into the weekend with a time of 59.45 in the 400m, achieved at the NBIAA championship.
- Francis Charles Roussel of ASEA has been showing very promising results this season for the Legion Nationals and Canada Games. Roussel will be competing in the U18 100m and 200m. He is going into the weekend with a time of 11.39 (+1.7) in the 100m and 23.16 (+2.0) in the 200m.
- Sadie Enstrom of Aetos Athletica will be competing in the U16 300m, 800m and 1500m steeplechase. Sadie is the younger sister of former team NB member Owen Enstrom, so it is no surprise that Sadie has been showing very promising results throughout the season. Sadie is going into the weekend with a time of 45.66 in the 300m.
- Noah Mackinnon of ASEA, will be competing in the U16 800m, 1200m and 2000m. Mackinnon is going in with a time of 2:16.04 in the 800m, achieved during NBIAA regionals.
We can’t wait to kick things off at trials this weekend in order to select the most competitive team for the Legion Nationals and Canada Summer Games. We look forward to a weekend full of excellent performances and wish our athletes the best of luck!