Posted on Jun 29 2022

As it happens, a National Championship is one of the pinnacles of sporting excellence. Pure athletic excellence is what was on display this past week where some of the best of New Brunswick’s athletes went head-to-head and toe-to-toe with the best that the rest of Canada had to show for. The Bell Canadian Track & Field Championships hosted in Langley; B.C. at McLeod Athletic Park saw numerous ANB athletes bring home precious medals as if they were stealing catalytic convertors.

·        Aetos Athletica’s Christel Robichaud secured silvers in the women’s Para-Wheelchair Discus Throw and Shotput in throws of 17.20m and 6.14m. Her Discus throw was good enough for a NEW provincial record!

·        Saint John Reds’ Ryan Evans captured silver in the Senior Men’s Decathlon, with a total score of 6603 points.

·        Dieppe’s Francois Richard cruised in the U20 Men’s 3000m Steeplechase, running a lifetime best of 9:25.67, while also capturing bronze.

·        ANB Athlete Craig Thorne excelled through the rounds of the Senior Men’s 110m Hurdles, showing out in the final, capturing a national silver medal in a time of 13.97 (-2.2).

·        Saint John Reds’ Ivy Bialowas captured silver in the blistering heat of Sunday morning, running her U20 5000m in 18:21.56.

·        Saint John Reds’ Senior Women’s 4x100 team comprised of Peighton Johnson, Carys Jacobson, Jill Langille, and Shelby MacIsaac took home the gold in a time of 48.39.

·        Aetos Athletica’s Remi Ouellette took home the bronze medal in the Para-Ambulatory Shotput in a throw of 6.51.

Needless to say, the mantra “small, but mighty” comes to mind when assessing the medal haul procured by New Brunswickers at the 2022 Bell Canadian Track & Field Championships.

Alongside these achievements, many other athletes secured their spots in semi-finals and finals, running individual lifetime bests or merely excellent performances in the process.

·        ANB athlete Jack Berkshire made it all the way to the Senior Men’s 400m finals, finishing 8th in a time of 47.66.

·        Aetos Athletica’s Dante Cormier made the finals in the the Mens Para Wheelchair 100m dash placing 6th in a time of 21.45 (-3.3). Dante also finished 5th in both the Para Wheelchair 200m and 400m in times of 37.54 (0.2) and 1:19.85.

·        Saint John Reds’ Carys Jacobson finished 7th in the country in the Women’s U20 100m in a time of 12.14 (0.1). Additionally, she made the semi-finals in the U20 200m too, running a time of 25.60 (-4.4)

·        ANB athlete Jordan Henri qualified into the Senior Men's 100m semi finals, ultimately running a time of 10.57 (1.8).

·        Saint John Reds' Ethan Wilkie made it to the semi final rounds of the 400m ending his weekend in a time of 51.11, finishing 16th overall.

·        Saint John Reds’ Isaac Cull and Chance Blackstone both ran lifetime bests in the Senior Men’s 3000m Steeplechase, in times of 9:08.38 (I.C.) good enough for 7th overall, and 9:23.18 (C.B.) finishing 12th in the nation.

Congratulations to all ANB athletes who competed at Nationals and good luck to all our athletes with their eyes set on the upcoming Canada Games Trials.