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Feb 14 2018 - Belof & Dickinson off to Pan American XC Cup

The 2018 Pan American Cross Country Cup is set to take place this Saturday, February 17th in San Salvador, El Salvador. Athletics New Brunswick has a small, but strong athlete and coach contingent attending the cup in Laura Dickinson and Chris Belof.

Laura is coming off of a tremendous 2017 season both nationally and internationally. After winning both the 3,000m and 5,000m steeplechase titles at the Canadian U20 Track & Field Championships, she went on to carry the flag for Team New Brunswick at the opening ceremonies of the Canada Games. It was there that she captured silver in both of her events. Her international presence last year was exceptionally strong, winning the gold medal for Team Canada in the 5,000m at the Pan American U20 Track & Field Championships in Peru. Now, she'll be racing on the Junior Women's team at the Pan American Cross Country Cup.

Laura’s Junior Women’s teammates consist of Jocelyn Chaur of Toronto, Savanna Jordan of Calgary, Martha MacDonald of Toronto, Brogan MacDougall of Ontario and Lilly Tuck of Ontario.

Chris Belof, ANB’s new High Performance Coach will be attending the cup as part of the coaching staff. This appointment marks his first Team Canada coaching experience. He will be joined by 4 other coaches selected from across the country including head coach John Lofranco of Montreal.

The Junior Women's team is eager to defend their title from last year with a strong performance this weekend.

"It is always exciting to have both an athlete and one of our staff members named to a national team as it really highlights some of our programs strengths” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Executive Director of Athletics New Brunswick. "We are really looking forward to watching Laura and Chris represent both our province and our country this weekend!"

The full team list can be found here: athletics.ca/athletics-canada-names-team-2018-pan-anmerican-cross-country-cup/#sthash.DKCVL8M0.dpbs


Feb 13 2018 - NB Athletes shine south of the border

While some of ANB's top age-class athletes competed at the Canadian Indoor Championships in Montreal, three of our top senior athletes were in action at major competitons in the United States.

At the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, Massachusetts:

- Genevieve Lalonde of Moncton, competing for Canada, ran a phenomenal 3000m, finishing 5th with a time of 8:49.78. This performance breaks Patty Blanchard's provincial record, set in 1993, by over 40 seconds and is the third fastest time in Canadian history, just over a second off the national record! The performance also dips under the IAAF World Indoor Championships standard of 8:50.00.

Full results can be found here: results.nbindoorgrandprix.com/

    At the NCAA Division 1 Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio:

- Jack Berkshire of Fredericton, competing for University of Toronto, won the 300m with a time of 34.12, a new provincial oversize track record in the U23 and senior categories. Berkshire also helped the Toronto relay team to finish 4th in the 4x200m with a time of 3:14.98.     Andrew LeBlanc of Fredericton, competing for Guelph University, finished 3rd in the 800m and 5th in the 600m with times of 1:50.94 and 1:19.06, respectively. LeBlanc helped the Guelph relay team to finish 8th in the 4x200m with a time of 3:21.09. His 800m performance is a new provincial oversize track record in the U23 and senior categories and the fastest ever 800m run by a New Brunswick Athlete indoor.
Full results can be found here: www.trackie.com/track-and-field/Results/2018-spire-ncaa-d1-invite/6687/


"These results serve as a testimony of New Brunswick's high performance capabilities," said Gabriel LeBlanc, Executive Director of Athletics New Brunswick. "Athletics Canada is expected to announce the World Indoor team later this week, we can likely expect to see Gen named to the team for the 3000m event."

By: Brandon Scott LeBlanc

 

 

 

 

 

 


Feb 12 2018 - New Brunswick cleans up at National Indoor Championships

The Canadian Indoor Track & Field Championships took place this past weekend at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard in Montreal. Each year Athletics New Brunswick sends a team to the event, this year sending 37 of our province's top age-class athletes. The team captured 17 medals (6 gold, 9 silver, 2 bronze), 11provincial records, and a number of personal best performances.

Medalists for New Brunswick include:

- Shelby MacIsaac of Riverview (ASEA) won silver in both the midget girl's 60m (8.12) and youth girl's 400m (58.02), and gold in the youth girl's 200m (25.52). Shelby's 200m time is a provincial record in both the midget and youth categories, while her 400m time is a record in the midget, youth, and junior categories.

- Erin Vringer of Saint John (SJTC) won gold in both the youth girl's 1500m and 3000m with times of 4:45.36 and 10:28.62, respectively.

- Sophie Black of Dieppe (ASEA) won gold in the junior women's pentathlon with a score of 2904.

- Marie-Pier Cloutier of Saint John (SJTC) won silver in the junior women's 60m hurdles with a time of 9.42.

- Kyla Hughes of Cocagne (ASEA) won silver in the junior women's shot put with a best attempt of 12.37m, breaking the 28 year old provincial record. Kyla's throw also bettered the former championship record, which was then claimed by the gold medalist who threw a best of 13.66m.

- Joelle Leger of Dieppe (ASEA) won bronze in the junior women's 200m with a time of 27.86.

- The New Brunswick junior girl's relay team captured silver in the 4x200m with a time of 1:49.51, narrowly missing the provincial record set at the same event last year. The team was comprised of Marie-Pier Cloutier, Robyn Davis, Joelle Leger, and Caroline Gagnon.

- Jordan Henri of Moncton (ASEA) won gold in both the youth boy's 60m and 200m, finishing with time of 6.87 and 22.06, respectively. Both of Jordan's performances came with a number of additional records and rankings: his 60m time is a provincial youth record, his 200m time is a provincial youth and junior record, and both performances bettered the championship records. Not only is Jordan ranked 1st in the country among youth and junior athletes in both events, but his 60m time ranks him 7th in the world among youth athletes, while his 200m time ranks him 20th.

- Michael Mitton of Rexton (ASEA) won silver in the junior men's pentathlon with a score of 2413.

- Craig Thorne of Saint John (SJTC) won silver in the youth boy's 60mh with a provincial record time of 8.21. Craig's time was just 0.006 behind the gold medalist.

- Alexandre Banks of Saint John (SJTC) won bronze in the junior men's 1500m with a time of 4:24.95.


- The ASEA Youth Boy's relay team captured silver in the 4x200m with a time of 1:44.14. The team was comprised of Owen Enstrom, Tristan Morneault, Max Mazerolle, and Austin Wamboldt.
 

-New Brunswick Junior 4x200m captured a Silver medal with a blistering time of 1:33.09. This establishes a new provincial record. The team was comprised of Kenneth McGovern, Craig Thorne, Mykyle Welsh and Jordan Henri.

"What amazing results for some of our province's rising stars," said Gabriel LeBlanc, Executive Director of Athletics New Brunswick. "Aside from medals and records, our athletes achieved a number of personal bests and top 8 finishes."

Full results can be found here: liveresults.athletics.ca/Live_Results/2018/Indoor_en_salle/

Athletics New Brunswick has had much success at the Canadian Indoor Championships over its five consecutive years in Montreal. Montreal will host the next two, however Saint John will host the championships in 2021 and 2022

 

By : Brandon Scott LeBlanc


Feb 9 2018 - Imrich Kiraly

It is with heavy hearts that Athletics New Brunswick announce the loss of one of its members.

 

Imrich Kiraly passed away unexpectedly earlier today at the age of 71, the result of a motor vehicle collision. The Yarmouth resident has been a member of the New Brunswick track and field community since 2011, a member of the Saint John Track Club. Born in Pilisszántó, Hungary and raised in Czechoslovakia, Imrich moved to Ontario in 1969, and then to Yarmouth in 1997.

 

A competitor in Czechoslovakia, Imrich was named to the National Decathlon Team in 1968. At the 1970 and 1971 Canadian Track & Field Championships, Imrich won bronze in the decathlon. Competing as a master's athlete, Imrich won an extraordinary number of national medals, including two golds and two silvers in 2014. His achievements also include 13 provincial masters records, spanning across three different age groups, and an induction into the Yarmouth Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

 

Imrich was a valued member of our association and of the Saint John Track Club, always lending a helping hand and showing true sportsmanship. He will be dearly missed by the athletics community.


Feb 7 2018 - New Brunswick athletes set for National Indoor Championships

An exciting weekend is in store for Athletics New Brunswick (ANB) as the Athletics Canada Indoor Championships are quickly approaching. On February 10th and 11th, a strong group of 37 NB athletes will be competing at the event in Montreal. For some this championships will serve as their first time on the national stage, while others are experienced competitors at this level.

Top ranked athletes include:

- Shelby MacIsaac (ASEA) of Riverview is ranked 1st in the youth  girl’s 400m, 2nd in the 60m, and 4th in the 200m.

- Owen Enstrom (ASEA) of Upper Coverdale is ranked 3rd in the midget boy’s 800m.

- Erin Vringer (SJTC) of Saint John is ranked 1st in the youth girl’s 3000m and 5th in the 1500m.

- Jordan Henri (ASEA) of Moncton is ranked 1st in both the youth boy’s and 200m.

- Craig Thorne (SJTC) of Saint John is ranked 2nd in the youth boy’s 60m hurdle.

- Francois Richard (ASEA) of Dieppe is ranked 3rd in the youth boy’s 3000m and 6th in the 1500m.

- Joelle Leger (ASEA) of Dieppe is ranked 3rd in the junior women’s 200m and 4th in the long jump.

- Robyn Davis (FFT) of Fredericton is ranked 1st in the junior women’s 800m and 5th in the 400m.

- Marie-Pier Cloutier (SJTC) of Saint John is ranked 2nd in the junior women’s 60m hurdle and 5th in the 60m.

- Kyla Hughes (ASEA) of Cocagne is ranked 1st in the junior women’s shot put.

- Sophie Black (ASEA) of Dieppe is ranked 1st in the junior women’s pentathlon.

- Alexandre Banks (SJTC) of Saint John is ranked 2nd in both the junior men’s 800m and 1500m.


Athletes will be supported by a coaching staff comprised of Gabriel LeBlanc of Dieppe, and Peter and Alex Stuart, both of Riverview, and two team managers in Alex Coffin and Julia Laparco of Saint John.

“Our New Brunswick athletes have goals to compete at these championships, not simply participate but to be nationally competitive, set personal bests, and in some cases win medals,” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Executive Director of Athletics New Brunswick. “

 

For further information on the Championships, please check out the links below:

Championship website:
http://athletics.ca/championnat/2018hersheyindoorchampionships/#sthash.f2DLJPr4.so8mF5Zr.dpbs

Full list of entries:
https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/entry-list/canadian-indoor-championships/19456/

Live stream of competition:
http://www.athleticscanada.tv/gprofile.php?mgroup_id=47401&mgroup_event_id=9513&year=2018&do=videos&video_id=230537


Feb 4 2018 - Records fall at NB Indoor Track and Field Championships

The New Brunswick Indoor Track & Field Championships took place in Oromocto this past Saturday. With over 125 athletes competing, there were fantastic results, including 12 provincial records, and even 2 Canadian records.     - Patty Blanchard of Dieppe set a new national master's record in the women's 60-64 1500m, running a phenomenal time of 5:26.66. Patty's performance betters the national record by over 20 seconds.     - Robert Jackson of Fredericton set a new national master's record in the men's 60-64 5000m with 18:06.42.   - Erin Vringer of Saint John broke the provincial midget record in the girl's 3000m, finishing with a time of 10:17.96. This betters Laura Dickinson's former record by almost 10 seconds.
 
- Shelby MacIassac of Riverview ran an incredible 400m, clocking a time of 58.40 and breaking the provincial records in the midget, youth, and junior categories.     - Jordan Henri of Moncton continued his winning ways, breaking his own youth 60m provincial record with a time of 6.93. This is the fastest time run by a U20 athlete in Canada this season.     - Craig Thorne of Saint John broke his own record in the youth 60m hurdles, finishing with a time of 8.34 to break his former record by just 0.03.   - Rebecca Lagacé of Saint John broke the provincial master's record in both the women's 40-44 shot put and weight throw, with best attempts of  7.92m and 8.72m, respectively.   - Bruce Rosvall of Saint John broke the provincial master's record in both the men's 50-54 200m and 400m, running times of 26.86 and 58.95, respectively.     Saint John Track Club won the team banner with a total of 263 points, while Fredericton Fast Tracks finished seconds with 198 points, and Fredericton Legion Track Club third with 142 points.

Full Results can be found here: anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=1004

  "Our province's athletes have once again shown that they are prepared to reach top form and challenge for national results," said Gabriel LeBlanc, Executive Director of Athletics New Brunswick. "To see two national records was also a nice surprise and serve as testimony to our province's strong field of masters athletes."  

Many of New Brunswick's top midget, youth, and junior athletes will be competing at the Athletics Canada Indoor Championships next weekend in Montreal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018-02-14 - Belof & Dickinson off to Pan American XC Cup
2018-02-13 - NB Athletes shine south of the border
2018-02-12 - New Brunswick cleans up at National Indoor Championships
2018-02-09 - Imrich Kiraly
2018-02-07 - New Brunswick athletes set for National Indoor Championships

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