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Mar 28 2016 - Atlantic Indoor Track and Field Championships Recap

The CEPS at l'Universite de Moncton was the host of the Atlantic Indoor Track and Field Championships this past Saturday. Over 200 athletes from all over the Maritimes took part in this final indoor competition of the season.

Moncton-based Athletisme Sud Est / South East Athletics won the club championship banner, edging out Pictou Athletics Club and Saint John Track Club.

The meet saw great results, including 14 masters’ provincial records and one age-class record.

The inaugural Maritime Masters Cup was won by New Brunswick.  The Cup competition pitted New Brunswick against Nova Scotia and was awarded on the basis of the top ten age-graded performances among masters (age 35 and up) at the meet.  New Brunswick prevailed with a score of 847.84 over Nova Scotia’s 812.84.

Here are some of the highlights of the competition:

On the women's side:

-Madelaine Murphy (SJTC) of Saint John set a new 12-13 provincial record in the pentathlon with a point total of 1167.

-Shelby MacIsaac (ASEA) of Moncton captured three gold medals in the 12-13 age group. She won the 60m in 8.53 the 150m in 21.07 and the high jump with a leap of 1m40.

-Sierra Sweeney (Halifast) of Halifax had an extremely successful day winning five gold medals in the 14-15 age group. First in the 60m (8.29), the 200m (28.69), the 60m hurdles (9.55), the long jump (4m88) and finally in the triple jump (10m93)  

-Sydney Macdonald (ASEA) of Miramichi won five gold medals in the 18-19 age group , 60m (8.09 prelims and 8.22 finals) , 200m (28.16), 60m hurdles (9.60), high jump (1m50) and in the long jump (5m02)

-Tracy Dunn (SJTC) of Saint John broke the New Brunswick 45-49 60m record with a time of 12.24.

-Edna Thibodeau (ASEA) of Moncton set two W90-94 New Brunswick records, first in the 60m (35.14) then in the weight throw with a toss of 3m44.

-Joelle Leger (ASEA) of Dieppe captured two gold medals with her victories in the 14-15 200m (28.23) and high jump (1m30). She also captured a silver medal in the 60m (8.48).

-Patty Blanchard (UNA) of Dieppe set two W55-59 New Brunswick records, first in the 800m (2:40.71) then in the 3000m (11:22.06). Both these times rank her first in the country in 2016 for her age group.

-Adrienne Cameron (SJTC) of Saint John set two W65-69 New Brunswick records, first in the long jump with a distance of 1m96 and in the weight throw with a toss of 6m23.

On the men's side:

Owen Leblanc of Riverview (ASEA) won gold in the 9 & under category of the tetrathlon winning three out of four of his events, while Conrad Robertson of Pictou took gold in the 10-11 category.

In the men's pentathlon, Jonathan Bunn (FLTC) of Fredericton took the gold with 2290 points.

Braden Harrison (FLTC) of Fredericton ran an extremely impressive 200m capturing the gold in 23.45. He was also second in the junior 60m in a time of 7.31.

Dan Brown (SJTC) of Hampton won three gold medals in the senior men’s division in the 200m (23.69), 400m (54.49) and 800m (2:06.73).   Owen Enstrom (ASEA) of Upper Coverdale captured gold in three events in the 12-13 age class: 150m (21.22), 800m (2:25.50) and 1200m (3:57.59)   Peter Collier (CHEB) of Halifax had an impressive day winning the junior men’s 60m (7.16), silver in the 200m (24.10) and gold in the long jump (6m51)  

Jonathan Gionet of Bathurst (FLTC) threw an impressive 15m01 in the senior men’s shot put to win the event by almost two metres. This is just shy of his own provincial record of 15m11 set earlier this year.

One of the meet’s highlight was seeing Kaelan Schmidt of Pictou clear 2m01 in the junior High jump. This performance ranks him 3rd in Canada.

Aaron LeBlanc (ASEA) of Memramcook, one of the province’s top throwers, impressed everyone by competing in 60m, high jump, shot put, weight throw, and in anchoring ASEA’s 4x200m team. He took home two golds and one silver medal.

-Robert Jackson of Fredericton set two M60-64 New Brunswick records, first in the 800m (2:28.02) and then in the 3000m (10:34.22). These times rank Jackson first in Canada in 2016 for his age group in the 3000m and second in the 800m.

-Dave Jefferson (SJTC) of Saint John had an extremely successful and busy day. He won the M70-74 60m (10.64), long jump (3m10), weight throw (10m82), shot put (8m41) and 60m hurdles (13m43). His 60m hurdle time ranks him first in the country in 2016 for his age class.

-Erik Klein (SJTC) of Saint John set a M45-49 New Brunswick record in the 60m (8.15).

-Ross Belyea of Carleton York set a M64-69New Brunswick record in the triple jump with a jump of 8.14m.

-Yvan Pelletier (FLTC) of Fredericton set a M60-64 New Brunswick record in the shot put with a throw of 9.34m.

-Dennis Furlong set a M70-74 New Brunswick record in the 1000m (4:50.00).

-Steve Scott (ASEA) of Moncton captured a record in the M35-39 high jump with a leap of 1m60.

"This is truly a great way to finish off the indoor season. We are particularly happy to see athletes of all ages take part in this event, proving that track and field is a sport for everyone.” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. "Athletes will now have a break from competition before being back at it on the outdoor track, with events set to start in May."

Full results from the Atlantic Indoor Track and Field Championships can be found at: http://anb.ca/Results/


Mar 23 2016 - 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie selection criteria released

The selection criteria and standards for the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie are available on the ANB website in the Programs section.  The Jeux de la Francophonie are held every four years and bring together hundreds of athletes and artists from around the world.  It is the only major international games that have both sporting and cultural competitions.  Canada is represented by three teams at the JDLF – Canada, Canada - Québec and Canada - Nouveau-Brunswick.  New Brunswick selects members from across the province based on athletic excellence, not on linguistic abilities, and as such athletes who do not speak French may participate in the Jeux de la Francophonie.  This eighth edition of the JDLF will take place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from July 21 to 30, 2017. 

This team is open to all ANB athletes in good standing who will be 18 to 34 years old in 2017 (i.e., born from Jan 1 1983 to Dec 31 1999). 

 

For further information, please see the official team selection criteria. Available here: http://anb.ca/Programs/jeux-franc.php 


Mar 21 2016 - Athletics New Brunswick mourns the passing of Randy Seale

It is with great sadness that Athletics New Brunswick mourns the passing of one of its long time officials, Randy Seale. He passed away in Montreal on Friday March 18th after a long fight with cancer, he was 51 years old.

Randy was a staple at most New Brunswick competition and served as the assistance technical director for the World Juniors Championships in 2010 in Moncton.

‘’Randy was always a pleasure to work with , he always had a smile and a new joke’’ said Athletics New Brunswick Technical director Gabriel LeBlanc. ‘’He was loved by all is fellow officials and even came to a few competition during his illness to see athletes and friends’’ added LeBlanc

Information on funeral arrangements is not available at this time.  


Mar 20 2016 - Atlantic Indoor Track and Field Championships set for Saturday

The Atlantic Indoor Track and Field Championships are set to take place Saturday, March 26th at the CEPS indoor track on the Université de Moncton campus, and will be the first Championship to have all the provinces fighting for the new Maritime Masters Cup, with many more to come. Expecting over 300 athletes of all ages from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

Registration deadline is midnight on Tuesday, March 22nd, and you can register online at www.Trackiereg.com/2016atlanticindoor

The Atlantic Championships will also be the last event of the indoor season in the province, with the outdoor season fast approaching.

Last year’s team champions were Moncton’s ASEA (Athletics South East/Athlétisme Sud Est). This year they will be challenged by Pictou Athletics, Fredericton Legion Track Club, Saint John Track Club, Athlétisme Restigouche, and several others.

Admission is free and the completion starts at 9:30am and should be finished around 4:30pm.

 

 

 


Mar 18 2016 - Maritime Masters Cup

Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce the creation of the Maritime Masters Cup.  This provincial competition will take place as part of the Atlantic Championships, both indoors and outdoors, with the winning province gaining bragging rights in this friendly rivalry.  Each province will be scored using the top-10 performances from each province’s team of master athletes, with a minimum of 3 from either gender, scored using WMA age-graded scoring.  The team with the highest total will win the Cup and take home the bragging rights for Maritime masters supremacy until the next Atlantic Championships.

 

A reminder that March 26th is the Atlantic Championships in Moncton! 


Mar 18 2016 - Call for Coaches Legion Program 2016

Call for Coaches – Legion Program 2016

Athletics New Brunswick is seeking applications for its 2016 provincial Legion program.

Led by the New Brunswick Legion Command 4 coaches will be selected to assist with the care of the athletes during the course of the trip however, their primary duties will be centered on the competition portion of the meet. 

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest to anb@anb.caby April 5th, 2016. Included in this email should be a summary of their NCCP #, NCCP coaching credentials, previous coaching experience, and their thoughts on how the team aspect will be created. 


Mar 17 2016 - Blanchard and Eatman honoured

Two of New Brunswick’s finest ever track athletes are being inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame.  Eldridge Eatman, one of the finest sprinters in the world at the start of the 20th century, is being recognized for his outstanding career.  The Saint John athlete was particularly renowned for having won the 1906 Powderhall sprint, a famous 120yd race held in Edinburgh, Scotland, regarded as the world championship of professional sprinting at the time.  Patty Blanchard, of Moncton, is one of the finest distance runners to ever come out of NB.  She has established numerous provincial records on the track and the road, and presently holds Canadian masters records at 800m, the Mile, 5000m, and the half-marathon.  She also represented Canada internationally in cross country and road racing events.

 

“What an outstanding thing to have two such fine track athletes recognized for their amazing careers,” said Gabriel LeBlanc, the technical director of ANB.  “As we continue to grow our sport, it is important to look back and see the great athletes that have helped build the strong tradition we have in New Brunswick, and in Patty’s case, continue to build.  It is great that the sporting community is recognizing these great ambassadors of our sport,” added LeBlanc.


Mar 14 2016 - McNeil and Cassidy race in Italy

This past weekend, ANB members Ryan Cassidy and Matt McNeil were racing in Cassino ITA at the FISU World University Cross Country Championships.  These championships take place every two years and bring together the best university cross country athletes from around the world.  This year’s edition saw 75 men and 50 women representing 18 countries.  Matt McNeil was the 3rd Canadian finisher, taking 39th position overall, and helping Canada to an 8th place finish in the team event.  Ryan Cassidy was unfortunately unable to finish the race.  The men’s team event was won by Morocco, who finished with a perfect team score of 10 points after astonishingly placing their first four runners in the top 4 spots.  In the women’s event, Canada finished 5th overall, with Japan taking the women’s team title.

“We are very proud to have 2 out of the 6 men on Team Canada be from New Brunswick.  We have a long and proud tradition in cross country and Matt and Ryan have continued that tradition this weekend,” said Steve LeBlanc, the director of high performance for ANB.  “Matt had a very strong performance, and unfortunately Ryan had some difficulty, but we are extremely pleased to have these two young men representing New Brunswick on the world stage,” added LeBlanc.

 

Full Results to the 20th World University Cross Country Championships can be found at: http://www.wuccrosscountry2016.com/risultati/Index.htm


Mar 13 2016 - ANB's CIS Championships Recap

The Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Track and Field Championships took place this past weekend in Toronto, Ontario. There were 6 New Brunswick athletes who made the trip to compete against Canada’s best.

St. FX athlete Bridget Brennan, of Beechwood, competed in the pentathlon and finished the season off with a 6th place finish with a score of 3555. Brennan also placed 11th in the long jump with a distance of 5.39m. Sandy Latrace from the Univeristy of Lethbridge won the long jump with a jump of 5.82m while Kaleigh Hole from Western University took home the first place finish the pentathlon with a score of 3940.

Grace Annear of Hampton, competing for UNB, had an excellent performance in the 600m, finishing 2nd with a time of 1:29.96. Jenna Westaway from the University of Calgary won the event with a time of 1:29.61. Annear also finished in the top 10 in the 1000m with a 9th place finish and a time of 2:54.70. University of Toronto athlete Gabriela Stafford finished 1st in the 1000m with a time of 2:41.67. Grace had some phenomenal performances this year, including an AUS Championships record (and stadium record) in her 1st place finish in the 600m with a time of 1:31.20 and a 1st place finish in the 1000m.

Sarah Taplin of Moncton, competing for Dalhousie in the triple jump, finished with a jump of 11.61m which landed her 6th place. Tess McDonald of Fredericton, also competed in the triple jump but for UNB and she finished in 12th place with a distance of 11.23m. Julia Stille from the University of Toronto went on to win the event with a distance of 12.72m.

Nick MacMackin of Quispamsis, competing for the University of Windsor, finished in 1st place with his teammates in the 4x800m relay with a time of 7:30.80! MacMackin’s Windsor teammate, Matt McLaughlin, from New Maryland finished 9th overall with his teammates in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:20.13. The University of Saskatchewan won the 4x400m event with a time of 3:16.27.

Windsor University took home the men’s national banner, while on the women’s side, the University of Toronto won the banner this year.

“It is encouraging to see such great results from our province’s best athletes” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. “Our athletes had great performances all around, especially Grace with her 2nd place finish in the 600m and Nick taking home gold in the 4x800m relay” added LeBlanc.


Mar 7 2016 - Cassidy & McNeil off to World University Championships

 

Ryan Cassidy of Grand-Digue and Matt McNeil of Saint John are off to Italy for the world university cross-country championships being held in Cassino, Italy on Saturday March 12th.  They will race 10.7km against the best university runners in the world in what is expected to be a very fast race. 

 

Cassidy and McNeil qualified for the championships by finishing 5th (Cassidy) and 7th (McNeil) at the Canadian university cross-country championships back in November 2015.  At this meet Cassidy helped his team win the national championship team title for the University of Victoria while McNeil maintained his position as the top runner for the Atlantic conference representing Dalhousie University.

 

While Cassidy has represented Canada on numerous occasions this will be McNeil’s first time wearing a Canadian singlet.  The two athletes are part of a 7 member men’s Canadian team with athletes from across the country. 

 

“Having two athletes represent Canada from New Brunswick is absolutely amazing.  Everyone from New Brunswick will be cheering Ryan and Matt on and wishing them the best in Italy,” said high performance coach Jason Reindl.


Mar 7 2016 - CIS Track & Field Championships

The Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Track & Field Championships are set to begin this week in Toronto, Ontario. Events will begin Thursday, March 10 and conclude on Saturday, March 12. A total of 6 Athletics New Brunswick members will be competing for their respective universities this weekend.

St. FX athlete Bridget Brennan, of Beechwood, will compete in several events including the pentathlon which she is currently ranked in 12th in the country. She will also be taking part in the 300m as well as the long jump for St. FX.

Hampton’s Grace Annear will represent UNB in both the 600m and 1000m events. Grace is the favourite in the 600m, currently ranked 1st in the CIS with a time of 1:29.59. Tess McDonald of Fredericton, will also be representing UNB this weekend in the triple jump, in which she stands in 10th place in CIS rankings with a best jump of 11.52m.

Competing for Dalhousie University, Sarah Taplin who hails from Moncton will take part in the triple jump. Sarah is ranked 4th nationally in the triple jump with an impressive 11.87m jump.

Nick MacMackin of Quispamsis, representing the University of Windsor, will compete in the 4x800m relay. Nick and his teammates come into the event ranked 1st in the CIS and will look to maintain their position this weekend.

MacMackin’s Windsor teammate, Matt McLaughlin, from New Maryland will be competing in the 4x400m relay. McLaughlin and his Windsor teammates enter the championships with a strong ranking of 4th in the country in the 4x400m.

“It is fantastic to see so many of our members among the best student-athletes in Canada once again this year” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. “The CIS Championships provides these athletes with the opportunity to shine on a national level – and with the talent coming out of our province, I have no doubt that our members will make New Brunswick proud” added LeBlanc.

The live stream of the event can be found here: www.CIS-SIC.tv. Please note that selected events will be broadcasted daily.


Mar 2 2016 - Club Coach Workshop - Sprints and Hurdles

The Club Coach workshop for Sprints and Hurdles will take place in Saint John at the Canada Games Stadium and UNBSJ Campus on April 30th and May 1st. 

 

Modules to be covered include: 

 

LTAD Review 

Mental Preparation 

Technical Event Group - Sprints and Hurdles 

Analyze Performance 

Strength 

Seasonal Plan 

Nutrition 

 

More information including registration information can be found via the calenar page. 

 

 

http://anb.ca/Calendar/view-event.php?id=1216

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