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Feb 27 2017 - New Brunswick well represented at USports confrences

This past weekend, while the AUS Championships were being hosted in Moncton, the other three conferences of USports were hosting their respective conference championships; the RSEQ, OUA, and CanWest. Several New Brunswickers were in action in these conference championships and had fantastic results.

At the OUA Conference Championships:

- Nick MacMackin of Quispamsis, running for the University of Windsor, placed 4th in the 1000m and 6th in the 1500m with times of 2:24.14 and 3:58.94, respectively. Nick also ran on the Windsor 4x800m relay team, winning gold and achieving USports standard with a time of 7:31.83, just missing the OUA meet record by over a second.

- Andrew LeBlanc of Fredericton, running for the University of Guelph, placed 6th in the 600m with a time of 1:20.68, breaking his own provincial junior record by 0.05. Andrew also ran on the Guelph 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams, placing 4th in the 4x400m with a time of 3:21.66, and winning bronze in the 4x800m with a time of 7:40.34.

- Jack Berkshire of Fredericton, competing for University of Toronto, placed 7th in the 300m with a time of 35.51. Jack also ran on the Toronto 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams, winning bronze in the 4x200m with a time of 1:29.30, and gold in the 4x400m with a time of 3:17.61. The Toronto team just narrowly missed their own OUA meet record of 3:17.06 set at last year's championships.
- Matt McLaughlin of Fredericton, running for the University of Windsor, placed 21st in the 600m with a time of 1:25.85.

At the RSEQ Confernece Championships:

- Sneha Desai of Fredericton, running for McGill University, finished 17th in the 300m with a time of 43.85, and 32nd in the 600m with a time of 1:57.97. Sneha also ran on the McGill 4x200m relay team, winning bronze with a time of 1:44.81.

Full Results can be found here: http://www.trackie.com/track-and-field/Results/2017-oua-champs/5859/

 

"These are fantastic results from some of our top New Brunswick athletes," said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. "To see multiple athletes reaching success in other conferences is always great and continues to showcase New Brunswick's talent across the nation."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Feb 26 2017 - New Brunswick Athletes shine at the AUS Track & Field Championships

(MONCTON, N.B.) – Over 230 university athletes took part in the 2016 Subway Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Track and Field Championships hosted at the University de Moncton this weekend. A total of 10 Atlantic Universities competed for individual titles and team points.

The competition saw amazing performances including provincial records, stadium records, and AUS Championships records.

Here are the highlights of New Brunswick athletes and athletes representing New Brunswick Universities.

On the women’s side:

- Sarah Myatt of Fredericton, who competes for Dalhousie University captured a total of 4 gold medals. Individually she won the women’s 600m and 1000m. She was also a member of Dalhousie’s 4x400m and 4x800m record setting teams.

- Tess Macdonald of Fredericton, wearing the red and white of UNB won the women’s triple jump with a leap of 11.53m.

- Jennifer Bell of Chaplin Hill (near Miramichi), the sole competitor for Mount Allison University won the shot put with a toss of 13.86m to set a new AUS record. This performance also exceeds the auto qualifying mark for the USport National Championships

- Shawna McKay of Moncton (DAL) took home a bronze medal in the women’s 300m.

The women’s pentathlon had a heated battle between two Miramichi athletes. In the end it was Sydney Macdonald (UNB) who prevailed, setting a new U23 New Brunswick record with a total score of 3122. Isabelle Morris (UdeM) finished 2nd, setting a new school record with 3026 points. Morris also captured the silver medal in the women’s shot put while Macdonald took home the bronze in the 60m Hurdle.

Rookie Sara Eve Noel of Allardville captured bronze in the Women’s weight throw

 

Other notable female performances:

In the Women’s 60m Hurdle 2 athletes broke the championship and fieldhouse record with a time of 8.86 in the end it was Abbi Finnan of St FX who captured gold while Maya Reynolds of Dalhousie the silver.

Dalhousie women’s 4x800m team set a new Championship and field house record with a clocking of 9:19.03. Dalhousie’s 4x400m team also broke the championship and fieldhouse record with a time of 9:19.03

 

 

On the men’s side:

- Adrienne Kinney of Bristol (St-FX) won the 60m in a blistering time of 6.94. Artabaz Naazari of Saint John was 3rd in a UNB school record time of 7.02.

- Jeffrey Retallick of Fredericton (UNB) captured the silver medal in the men’s 300m with a clocking of 36.20. Adrinne Kinney of Bristol (St-FX) was 3rd in 36.30.

- Daniel Brown of Hampton (UNB) captured his second 600m title in a row, winning by over 2 seconds with a time of 1:25.33. His teammate Jonathan Bunn of Ontario was 3rd in 1:25.45.

- Allain Doucet of Dieppe (UdeM) captured 2 golds, first in the vole Vault with a leap of 4.11m; this is also a fieldhouse, championships and provincial record. He also set a new Championship, provincial and fieldhouse record in the men’s heptahlon with a score of 4370.

- Jonathan Gionet of Bathurst  (UNB) set a provincial, championship and conference record in the men’s shot put winning by over 1 meter with a massive throw of 16.76m. This performance also exceeds the USport automatic standard and the qualifying standard for Team New Brunswick for thee Jeux de la Francophonie International which will be held in Ivory Coast in July.

- Liam Turgeon of Tide Head (UNB) captured a bronze medal in both the men’s shot put (13.94m) and the men’s weight throw (15.88m).

- Kyle Ancheta of Fredericton (UNB) finished 3rd in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 12.97m.

- Rookie Sebastien LeBlanc (U de M) of Dieppe captured the bronze in the men’s 60m hurdle in a time of 9.01.

- David Kerr of Fredericton (DAL) threw a huge personal best to finish 2nd in the men’s weight throw 16m16.

Other notable Men’s results

-          Mike Van Der Poel of Halifax (DAL) broke not only the championship record but also the fieldhouse record in the Men’s 300m with an incredible time of 34.96.

-          Matthew Coolen of Halifax (DAL) broke the championship and fieldhouse record in the men’s 60m Hurdles with a time of 8.34.

-          Dalhousie’s Mens 4x400m team broke the championships and fieldhouse record, stopping the clock at 3:27.58.

 

AWARDS

Male Rookie - Andrew Wood MUN

Female Rookie - Maya Reynolds DAL

Male Track - Mike Van Der Poel DAL

Female Track - Colleen Wilson DAL

Male Field - Jordan Bruce DAL

Female Field - Jennifer Bell MTA

Male Student-Athlete - Troy Wilson UNB

Female Student-Athlete - Tess McDonald UNB
 

Men's Coach - Jason Reindl UNB

Women's Coach - Bernie Chisholm SFX

Men's Volunteer Coach - Lindsay MacKenzie

Women's Volunteer Coach - Lindsay MacKenzie

Male MVP - Alain Doucet UDM

Female MVP - Sarah Myatt DAL


Mens Team Scores:

Dalhousie  144
UNB 101
ST-FX 86
UdeM 42
MUN 24
SMU 13

Women’s Team Scores:

DAL  137
STFX 125
UNB 54
UdeM 26
MUN 22
SMU 13
UPEI 9
Mount A 7
Acadia 4
STU 3

Total Medals

DAL 41 (G-19, S-13, B-9)
St-FX 27 (G-6, S-11 B-10)
UNB 21(G-5, S-4, B-12)
UdeM 8 (G-2, S-3, B-3)
Mt-A 1 (G-1)
UPEI 1 (G-1)
MUN 3 (S-2 B-1)
SMU (S-1)

 “It’s great to see so many New Brunswick track and field athletes excelling at the university level,” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. “Many of these athletes will now travel to Edmonton for the CIS Championships and I am sure they will make New Brunswick proud,” added LeBlanc.

Full results can be found here: http://anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=919


Feb 23 2017 - AUS Track and Field Championships set for for Friday and Saturday

AUS Track and Field Championships set for for Friday and Saturday 

The 37th AUS Track & Field Championships are set for this Friday and Saturday (February 24-25) at the Vance-Toner Stadium in the CEPS on the Université de Moncton campus. Teams from 10 Atlantic universities will be represented by over 200 athletes. New Brunswick universities in action will include the University of New Brunswick, l’Université de Moncton, St Thomas University as well as Mount Allison University.

Several of New Brunswick's top athletes will be in attendance to compete, vying for medal positions and CIS qualifying performances. 

Here is a list of New Brunswick athlete to keep an eye one:

University of New Brunswick

UNB is bringing 41 athletes to the competition – with notable athletes including:

On the women’s side, Tess Macdonald of Fredericton will be the one to watch in the Women’s Triple Jump where she is ranked 1st in the AUS and 6th in the National USport rankings. 

Victoria LeBlanc of Saint John is ranked 1st in the AUS in the Long jump.

Her teammate Sydney MacDonald of Miramichi is currently ranked 1st in the Pentathlon and 12th in the Country.

On the men’s side, Jonathan Gionet of Bathurst is 1st in the Men’s Shot Put and is looking to impress this weekend. Gionet established a new all-time New Brunswick record this season and is currently ranked 4th in Canada. His teammate Liam Turgeon of Tide Head is ranked 3rd in the same event, and third in the Weight Throw.

Daniel Brown of Hampton is currently ranked 2nd in the conference for 600m by one hundredth of a second. Brown is also the defending champion in the event.

Jeffrey Retallick of Fredericton is currently ranked 2nd in the 300m and 3rd in the 600m.

Troy Wilson of Woodstock will have a busy weekend, the Heptathlon provincial record holder is ranked 1st in this event and also ranked 2nd in the 60mH.

Université de Moncton

Will be represented by 29 Student-Athletes including:

Alain Doucet of Dieppe, the provincial record holder in the Pole Vault is ranked 1st in the Pole Vault and 2nd in the Men’s Hepthalon. His teammate Jean Luc Bastarache is currently ranked 2nd in the Pole Vault and will also compete in the Hepthatlon.

Isabelle Morris of Miramichi is ranked 1st in the Women’s Shot Put and 2nd in the pentathlon .

Rookie sensation Sara Eve Noel of Allardville is ranked 2nd in the Women’s Weight Throw.

Mount Allison University

Miramichi’s Jennifer Bell, the sole representative of Mount Allison University, who currently holds both the indoor and outdoor provincial records in Shot Put, will also be competing this weekend in the 60m and Weight Throw events. 

 

Saint Thomas University

17 Tommies will take part in the championships including rookie Chelsey Hall who is ranked 18th in the 300m and Shannon Morris of Saint John ranked 5th in the Shot Put and 6th in the Weight Throw.

Other New Brunswickers to keep an eye on:

Sarah Myatt of Fredericton, wearing the gold and black of Dalhousie University, is favored in both the 600m and 1000m being ranked 1st in the conference in both events.

Also running for Dalhousie University is Shawna McKay of Moncton who will compete in the 60m and 300m. She is currently ranked 3rd in the 60m and 3rd in the 300m.

Frederictonian, David Kerr will also be representing Dalhousie in the weight throw where he is currently ranked 2nd in the AUS and 12th nationally.

Breakout star Adrian Kinney of Bristol who will be representing St-FX is ranked 2nd in the 60m and just last month he became only the 4th New Brusnwicker in history to break the 7 second barrier in the 60m . He is also ranked 3rd in the 300m

 “It’s very encouraging to come back year after year and see New Brunswick athletes among the best university athletes in the Atlantic Provinces,” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Executive Director of Athletics New Brunswick. “Athletes have the opportunity to develop and excel in our sport at several excellent universities in our province. This weekend is shaping up to be an excellent competition and we can’t wait to see our New Brunswick athletes in action.”

The weekend will also feature some open competitions on Saturday afternoon, with many excellent athletes from across the Maritimes testing their legs and arms in several events.

The Championships start at noon at the CEPS of l’Université de Moncton campus and run until 6:00pm on Friday. Action continues on Saturday, starting at 9:00am and wrapping up by 2:30pm. You can also catch the action live on the through the AUS TV website (www.austv.ca).


Feb 20 2017 - Henri and Hughes are National Champions! – New Brunswick captures 14 medals at Indoor Track Nationals

Over 30 of New Brunswick's finest young track and field athletes travelled to Montreal to compete at the 2017 Canadian Indoor Championships.  Team New Brunswick did extremely well capturing 14 medals (4 gold, 4 silver, 6 bronze).

Gold medal performances:

- Kyla Hughes of Cocagne (ASEA) captured gold in the youth girls shot put with a throw of 13.21m, beating the nearest competitor by over 20 cm and setting a new Championships record.
  - Jordan Henri of Moncton (ASEA) won the youth boys 60m with a time of 7.16.  He also finished 4th in the 200m in 23.42.
  - ASEA captured gold in the youth girls 4x200m with a time of 1:52.01.  Team members were Gedeline Pitre of Dieppe , Magkeda Mekonnen of Moncton, Jana Pfiffer of Riverview, and Caroline Gagnon of Dieppe.
  - Team New Brunswick captured the junior girls 4x200m title.  Team members were Marie-Pier Cloutier of Saint John, Abigail Davidson of Fredericton , Edi Wilson of Halifax, and Samantha Taylor of Canterbury)

Silver medal performances:

- Lexi Shannon of Richibucto Road (FLTC) captured a silver medal in the youth girls triple jump with a leap of 10.88m.
  - Samantha Taylor (FFT) finished 2nd in the junior girls 200m with a time of 26.16.  She also finished 4th in the 60m.
  - Clint Steeves of Riverglade (ASEA) captured the silver medal in the junior boy’s 60m hurdles with a time of 8.58
  - Saint John Track Club captired the silver medal in the junior boys 4x200m Team members were Kenneth McGovern, Benjamin Dunn, Ryan Evans and Craig Thorne.

Bronze medal performances:

- Sophie Black (ASEA) of Dieppe was third in the youth girls pentathlon with a score of 2928 points.
  - Veronique Omalosanga (ASEA) of Moncton captured two individual bronze medals, finishing third in the 200m junior girls in 26.20 and third in the junior girls 60m in a time of 8.01.
  - Ryan Evans of Saint John captured the bronze medal in the junior Penthatlon with 3005 points.
  - Brianna Forbes of Targettville (ASEA) was third in the junior girl’s triple jump with a 10.52m performance.
  - ASEA’s 4x200m was 3rd in the junior girls 4x200m with a time of 1:49.09.  Team members were Joelle Leger of Dieppe, Sharon Ngongo of Moncton, Shelby MacIsaac of Riverview, and Veronique Omalosanga of Moncton.

Other notable results:

- Alexi Cedric Roy of Beresford finished 4th in the Junior boys 800m with a new personal best time of 2:03.25 he was also 7th in the 1500m in 4:20.94.
  - Connor Sexton of Salisbury finished 4th in the junior boys pole vault (3.00m).
  - Nicholas Maclean of Moncton was 4th in the junior boys pentathlon (2785pts).
  - Magkeda Mekonnen of Moncton (ASEA) was 4th in the youth girls triple jump (10.48m).
  - Robyn Davis of Fredericton (FFT) was 5th in the youth girls 800m (2:23.40); she also finished 7th in the 400m (1:02.01).
  - Abigail Davidson of Fredericton (FLTC) finished 5th in the youth girls long jump (5.08m).
  - Shelby MacIsaac of Riverview (ASEA) was 6th in the youth girls 200m (26.68).
  - Sharon Ngongo of Moncton (ASEA) was 6th in the junior girls pole vault (2.25m).
  - Craig Thorne of Saint John was 6th in the youth boys 60m hurdles (8.73).
  - Marie-Pier Cloutier of Saint John was 6th (SJTC) finished 6th in the Youth Girls 60m hurdles

Full Meet results available  : http://liveresults.athletics.ca/Live_Results/2017/Indoor_en_salle/

Full New Brunswick results available here:http://www.anb.ca/page.php?content=NBresults2017Indoors

“These results continue to show that New Brunswick is headed in the right direction.  Our athletes, coaches, and clubs are continually raising the bar,” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick.  “We are very proud of our athletes, and cannot wait to see what this next generation will do,” added LeBlanc.  The next competition for many of these young athletes will be the Atlantic Indoor Championships in Moncton on March 11th.

It is the university athletes’ turn this weekend when they compete at the Atlantic University Sports conference championships in Moncton on Friday and Saturday (February 24th & 25th).


Feb 20 2017 - Episode Three: Race Day!

The Adventures of Sarah and Grace

We’re Sarah and Grace, two New Brunswick gals who train, race, and live as elite middle distance runners. After our collegiate careers, we knew we weren’t quite finished with sport — so, we joined Athletics Canada’s West Hub training centre and launched ourselves into our passion!

Now, we float through Victoria’s lush rainforests and stride across grey sand beaches. From this base, we get to travel to secluded corners of the world and meet boatloads of incredible people. We both started running as kids and competed in local New Brunswick races; then, when we got older, we became a part of ANB’s High Performance Program. Even though our dreams have now carried us away, the picture province of NB never stops feeling like home.

Sometimes workouts gut us, injuries temporarily sideline us, and bad races leave us discouraged, but those moments occupy only a small portion of this life. Our phenomenal coach, Heather Hennigar, guides and inspires us to find joy in the day-by-day process. We’ve forged close relationships with our teammates, and each workout means another opportunity to tease and goof off.

Every day, we train to become the best athletes we can—but, more than that, we aspire to lead lives full of love, laughter, and adventure. Often, we’re asked about our training schedule, our races, or what it takes to try and be the best. Well, we’re still trying to figure it out. But, we’ve committed ourselves to one howling journey, and we can’t wait to see where the currents take us. We’d love to show you an inside look into our intense, quirky, rambunctious, draining, animating, dopey, and soul-filling lives. Thank you for reading along!

Episode Three: Race Day!

On our last night in San Diego, Sarah and I walked down to the track. Sarah had left her roller there and needed to pack it before our morning departure. 

The cool night air seeped through my leather jacket and cotton PJs. The training centre was quiet and dark, save for lanterns in the bushes. It had rained earlier and mist rose off the mondo. After retrieving the roller from under a bench, Sarah strode towards the dark start line.

 “Pick a lane,” she said. In lane 6 she lay down; I did the same in lane 4. The bumps in the damp rubber surface dug into my patches of bare skin; I wiggled my shoulders and stared up at the sky.

Towards San Diego and Tijuana, city smog dyed the obsidian sky to a hazy grey. I turned, then, to face the mountains. In the cloudless patches, the stars twinkled and the red light of a jet blinked past.In the morning, our training group would board a plane and fly to a new city. We would don little spiked slippers, then pit ourselves against some of the top racers on the continent. This perfect sequence of events suddenly seemed familiar, as if our lives had been plotted out to fit a roll of film. Dramatic landscape shots and all.

I said, “Sarah. Our life is a movie.”

We departed sunny California and touched down in Seattle – an inciting incident of sorts. The weekend’s competition took place at the University of Washington on an indoor 300m track. It would be Sarah’s second and my first meet of 2017.

We both registered for the mile on Saturday and the 1k on Sunday. Most of the WestHub crew opted to run the mile, but we were all slated in different heats, except for Kala and myself. While I approached the weekend with the (almost) nonchalance of any rust buster, Sarah revved ready to pound out a fast time.

After her pre-race shakeout run, Sarah returned to our hotel room glowing. She bounced on her toes while packing her backpack; she sang along to Flume while chewing her pad thai. I secretly fretted about my mile, focusing more on my inexperience than the race itself.

Our mile got out slow; only about halfway through did the pace finally pick up. Like a total newb, I dishonoured the great Quenton Cassidy and lost track of the laps, completely botching my race strategy.  At the bell I threw down way too big of a kick and finished far too fresh. After snatching a cup of water from a trackside station, I stomped about, looking to unload my rant on Kala. It felt so anti climactic.

Simon, our chiro, rushed through a throng of buzzing bodies. I squinted, watching him stop by the edge of the track. Then I nearly dropped my cup.

Kala was curled on the ground. I ran over and, from first glance, knew it was bad. She clutched her calf and foot, and pain creased deep into her eyes. I dropped to my knees and held her hands, rubbed her knee. Her breathing approached hyperventilation, and black beads from the infield surface dotted her forehead. She had clearly collapsed mid-race. “You’re okay,” I said, trying to keep my own voice calm. “Just breathe. Just breathe.”

In an instant her eyes broke my heart. “Grace, I popped my Achilles,” she said, eyes watering. “Again.”

In sport you develop incredibly close relationships with your training group. When you share a dream with someone, the sight of that person in pain grounds you in a certain awful, terrible, raw way.

Simon phoned Paddy, our sports doctor in Victoria. Medics helped Kala hobble towards a clinic, where an ultrasound revealed a severed tissue. Throughout the weekend, she crutched about, her booted foot raised in the air. Four days later a surgeon sliced open her heel.

At the track I grabbed Kala’s warmup clothes and shoes, added electrolytes to her water, then passed over the lump of gear. Her face was white and my hands shook. Later I lost my lunch in the Dempsey bathroom.  

When compared to Kala’s conflict, my paltry race frustrations blanch and disappear. During her brief NCAA career Kala tore her Achilles, and for the next two and a half years she rehabbed and healed and trained and grew strong. This past January she donned a singlet and raced for the first time in years. Saturday was her second time on the start line. After all that, to pop her Achillesis nothing but a tragic gully in narrative of her life.

When I think of her injury I do not know what to say, or whether this essay bridges upon appropriation. Last weekend is her story and I do not want to steal it. But, I do want to borrow something from her experience. I think that if anything can be taken from this, any subtextual message, it's that we must cherish every single second of our pursuit. We need to love what we do for every single second that we do it, because so easily it can be taken away.

At the track the next day, Sarah grabbed me in a hug. “That record had better go down,” she said into my hair. She had decided not to race – her Achilles bugged her a bit too loudly, and she prioritized her summer season over showcasing her prowess on the indoor track.  That meant, though, that she couldn’t defend her NB provincial record. We seem to pass that title back and forth, and the “battle” goes down as an inside joke between us. I laughed and hugged her back. Kala waved a crutch as I jogged outside.

If life is like a movie, then the standard plot requires at least two turning points. Last weekend, one occurred Saturday, the other on Sunday.

I had just started warming up when Mariah ran by and shouted, “They’re forty minutes ahead of schedule!”

I didn’t process her words until Rachel François, the pacer, darted past and shouted the same thing. “Grace! Get to the start!”

Heart pounding, a whole new kind of adrenaline coursed through my veins. Feverish with this nightmare, I felt like disaster had struck, all because of a schedule change. After issuing a steam of words best not repeated, I threw on my spikes, did a few leg swings, and then sprinted to the startline.

Competitors milled about, already down to their kits, anxiety lining their faces. Heather jogged up to me.

“You’re up in three minutes.” Heather spoke with eerily calm tone. “Just do what you need to do.” I nodded.

She spoke again in that weirdly happy voice. “You’re fine.”

Sarah flashed me a thumbs up from the infield. I nodded again. I was, indeed, fine. With plot comes subtext, and subtext fuels the protagonist’s realization. I faced the homestretch and launched into another stride. Poor prep ignored, I was going to treasure the heck out of this race opportunity.

My glutes wouldn’t fire properly so I punched them, then slapped my thighs for good measure. Laurence, Mariah, and I exchanged quick good-luck hugs. The starter called the field to the line. Eleven runners shuffled into a tight order, bent at the set, and paused for the gun.

At the fire I surged to the front, cut in, and settled in behind Mariah. Laurence’s energy hovered on my shoulder. Rachel set the pace, an American runner sat on her, and Mariah cruised in behind.

If life is like a movie then I want to put it in slow motion. I want to pause over the best bits and the worst, screenshot every detail, and then save it in a folder on my desktop. Rachel carried us though 200 at an aggressive but controlled pace, and we floated through 400 quick. For the next lap I thought dig, dig, dig. Feeling absolutely strong and profoundly powerful, I surged into the bell lap ready to kick.

Later, on the plane to Victoria, Simon told me that our performance made his weekend. And, I can testify, there is nothing quite like storming into the turn, lifting onto your toes, and flying down the final stretch. It’s a physically charged and an emotionally imbued climax, the kind found in epic chronicles.

As I crossed the line I let out a cry because I knew I did not waste a single second. Laurence’s face shone like a lightbulb. Mariah grabbed us into bear hugs and we gasped and shrieked and held each other. In the denouement, we knew that we were the three fastest Canadians in this event, that we now ranked in the top six of all time.

On the infield, Sarah shouted. “You just ran 2:41!”

“Life!” I hollered back.

“Life,” Kala said, as she grinned and hopped towards the track.

If life is like in the movies then I hope the conflict keeps coming. Our perfectly imperfect narratives challenge us to make hard choices, force us to face and then re-face some of our biggest obstacles. Last weekend contained its own dramatic climax, its own emotional arc. Soon, though, the events will shrink to an act, then to a chapter, then to a tiny sequence in the grander scheme of our stories.

To accept your life as a narrative means you recognize how each small moment can contain a plethora of significance. When Kala and Sarah watched the races, they chose to shove aside their own struggles and champion their friends. Through they didn’t race, their weekends spun another kind of story, one of resilience and bravery.  

Now, on this plane, I’ve got a pile of books to read, a stack of stories to analyze. With my indoor season one and done, I’ll have to turn to books to access that accelerated and raw emotional experience.

I gaze out the dark window for a moment, running my palm over the stiff hard cover. Soon, we’ll be back in Victoria, and another adventure will begin.

Then, I flip to the first page.

          

Thanks for reading!

xoxox

S&G


Feb 16 2017 - Athletics New Brunswick seeking Athlete Representative

ANB is actively seeking a representative of the athlete’s voice on the ANB board of directors.  This individual will provide input on the administration and delivery of our programs and provide the athlete’s perspective on decisions made regarding these programs.

RESPONSIBILITIES

-Represent the needs and opinions of athletes at ANB board meetings (include 5 evening teleconferences, the AGM (October 15thOromocto) and the SAGM (April 23rd 2017 Moncton).

-Provide advice on the development of an annual training and competition calendar.

- Input on any other Board matter that you see fit. 

 

Eligibility

-          Must be aged 17 or older and reside in the province of New Brunswick year round

-          Be a member of Athletics New Brunswick for at least the past 2 years

Interested candidates are asked to send an application form by March 15, 2017 by email to anb@anb.ca.

The form is available at http://www.anb.ca/page.php?content=Athleterepform  

After the March 15th  deadline an online vote will be occur being open to all youth, junior, and senior aged athletes with a closing date of April 1st.  The voting and nomination process is restricted to youth , junior and senior athletes.

OPPORTUNITY: This board position will allow the successful candidate the opportunity to learn of and be involved in the workings of a provincial board and of ANB in particular.

The candidate will serve for a two year term (April 2017 –April 2019)

Announcement of new athlete representative will be posted on April 10th. The selected Athlete Representative will being representation at the ANB Semi-Annual General Meeting on April 23th in Moncton. Please note that while this is a volunteer position that all expenses related to this position will be covered by ANB.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact anb@anb.ca


Feb 16 2017 - Two ANB Coaches named as National Team Staff for Canada in 2017

Athletics New Brunswick is extremely proud to share that two of its full-time staff and professional coaches have been named to Canadian National Teams in 2017.

 

Steve LeBlanc ChPC, from Riverview, who acts as ANB’s High Performance Coordinator, has been named as a coach to the Jeux de la Francophonie (JDLF) team. Steve will be travelling as part of the Canadian team to Abidijan, Ivory Coast, from July 21-30.  Steve has previously been a national team coach at World Youth and World Junior championships, and most recently the FISU games in 2015. Steve is also the Head Coach for the Universite de Moncton Track and Field Team and coach with Athletisme Sud-est.

 

Jason Reindl ChPC, originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan but now calls Saint John home, acts as ANB’s High Performance Coach, has been named as a coach to the FISU Summer Universiade team taking place in Taipei, Taiwan, from August 19-30. This is Jason’s first national team appointment. Jason is also the Head Coach for the University of New Brunswick Track and Field team and coach with the Saint John Track Club.

 

“This is a huge accomplishment for both of these professional coaches. National team coaching positions are very competitive and by having two coaches named in 2017 it shows that we have some of the best coaching minds in the country working for our association and coaching our athletes to higher performances,” said executive director Gabriel LeBlanc.

 

A full list of Athletics Canada National Team appointments can be found at:

http://athletics.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-Team-Staffing-List-Final-EN.pdf


Feb 15 2017 - New Brunswick Prepares to Compete at the National Indoor Track and Field Championship

An extremely exciting weekend is in store for Athletics New Brunswick (ANB) as the Athletics Canada Indoor Championships are quickly approaching. On February 18th and 19thst a strong group of 37 athletes will be competing in Montreal at the event. Some will be looking to move up in the Canadian rankings while others will use this as valuable experience as it will be their first time on the national stage. This young group of athletes shows great potential for a strong athletics team for New Brunswick at the 2017 Canada Games.

 

There are definitely some fantastic ANB athletes to keep on the radar.

.Jordan Henri from Moncton and a member of the ASEA club, is ranked #1 in the the men’s youth category 200m and 2nd in the 60m.

 Clint Steeves of River Glade, is ranked 1st in the Junior 60m hurdles.  

Sophie Black from Dieppe, also a member of the ASEA club, is ranked #1 in the women’s youth category pentathlon.

Kyla Hughes (ASEA) of Cocagne is ranked is ranked first in the youth girl shot put.

Lexie Shannon (FLTC) of Fredericton is ranked 2nd in the women’s youth triple jump, while Brianna Forbes (ASEA) of Targettville is ranked 3rd in this same vent.

Samantha Taylor (FFFT) of Fredericton  is ranked 3rd in the junior girls 200m.

Ryan Evans from Saint John and a member of the SJTC club is ranked 3rd in the men’s junior pentathlon.

Head Coach Peter Stuart of Riverview hopes there will be lots of personal bests for Team NB members and he is joined by coaches Brandon Leblanc, and Alex Stuart, of Riverview, Lauren Duke of Lakeview NS,  and team manager Alex Holder of Saint John and massage therapist Joshua Fry of Saint John.

            ANB athletes represented themselves well last year winning a grand total of 16 medals, and the team is still expecting a big haul of medals at these years’ championships.

 Technical Director Gabriel LeBlanc said it best when asked about the AC Indoor Championships, “Our New Brunswick athletes have goals to compete at this AC Indoor Championship, not simply participate. I have the utmost confidence they will do exactly that.”

 

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

Live stream of competition: http://live.athleticscanada.tv/livecanindoor.html

Championship website: www.indoors.athletics.ca


Feb 13 2017 - LeBlanc breaks 40 year old record and other NB Track highlight’s from this past weekend

New Brunswick athletes were in action this past weekend, competing all across North America.

At the AUS Relays/SMU Open in Halifax, NS:

- Matt McNeil of Saint John won the 5000m with a time of 14:44.56, just barely missing Barry Britt's provincial record of 14:41.86, set in 2012. Jean-Marc Doiron of Rogersville finished 2nd with a time of 16:22.15.

- Sarah Myatt of Fredericton won the 600m with a time of 1:36.44.

- Adrian Kinney of Bristol won the 60m and 300m with times of 6.99 and 36.17, respectively.

- Dan Brown of Hampton won the 600m with a time of 1:23.26 and finished 8th in the 300m with a time of 37.16.

- Victoria LeBlanc of Saint John finished 2nd in the long jump with a best jump of 5.36m and finished 7th in the 300m with a time of 43.03.

- Angus Macintosh of Riverview finished 5th in the 3000m with a time of 9:11.57.

- Anthony Cormier of Saint John finished 5th in the 300m with a time of 36.78.

 

Full Results can be found here: http://www.trackie.com/track-and-field/Results/2017-smu-open/5843/

At the Spire D1 Invitational in Geneva, OH:

- Andrew LeBlanc of Fredericton finished 9th in the 600m with a time of 1:20.73 to break his own provincial junior record, and finished 9th in the 800m with a time of 1:52.12 to break one of New Brunswick's oldest provincial records, set in 1976. The former record of 1:53.0h was held by one of the province's best ever mid-distance runners, Peter Richardson.

- Jack Berkshire of Fredericton finished 12th in the 300m with a time of 35.10 to break the provincial junior record and just narrowly miss the provincial U23 and senior records of 35.03. The former junior record of 35.55 was held by one of the province's best ever long sprinters, Adam Gaudes. Berkshire also took part in the 4x400m relay as part of the University of Toronto team, finishing 6th with a time of 3:13.39.

- Brady Graves of Saint John finished 22nd in the 3000m with a time of 8:35.44 to narrowly miss the provincial junior record of 8:30.0h, set in 1988.

Full Results can be found here: http://www.trackie.com/track-and-field/Results/2017-spire-d1-invitational/5844/

 

 

At the Lancer Team Challenge in Windsor, ON:

- Nick MacMackin of Quispamsis finished 2nd in the 600m with a time of 1:20.39. Nick also took part in the 4x400m relay as part of the University of Windsor 'A' team, finishing 1st with a time of 3:25.17.

- Matt McLaughlin of Fredericton finished 8th in the 600m with a time of 1:23.95. Matt also took part in the 4x400m relay as part of the University of Windsor 'B' team, finishing 2nd with a time of 3:28.03.

Full Results can be found here: http://www.windsortiming.com/LiveResults/2017/Team_Challenge/

 

At the Husky Classic in Seattle Washington.

Grace Annear of Hampton broke thw New Brunswick 1000m record by over 5 seconds withour time of 2:41.22 she also finished 3rd in her heat of the Women’s mile in a time of 4:50.04.

Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton finished 12th in the 3000m in a time of 9:08.68. This is the 3rd fastest time by a Canadian this year. 

 

Full Results here: http://www.trackie.com/track-and-field/Results/2017-husky-classic/5838/ 

 

"New Brunswick runners have performed greatly at several competitions this weekend," said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. "The performances by Andrew, Jack, and Brady at the Spire D1 Invitational greatly demonstrate the young university talent emerging from New Brunswick."


Feb 9 2017 - 2017 ANB Summer Student Positions

Athletics New Brunswick will be once again seeking to hire several students this summer to fill various positions within the organization. Run Jump Throw Wheel Regional Coordinators will be sought in regions such as Saint John, Quispamsis, Moncton, Bathurst, Fredericton and Miramichi as well as positions for Assistant to the Executive Director and Francophone Games Coordinator in Moncton/Dieppe.

Interested students should apply for the New Brunswick SEED Program online via this link:

https://www.nbjobs.ca/seed/student

More Information here:

https://www.nbjobs.ca/seed/welcome

The application for the SEED program is open until March 31, 2017 and we strongly encourage eligible students to apply online as soon as possible.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information on summer job opportunities with Athletics NB. 


Feb 8 2017 - TASG: Episode Two

We’re Sarah and Grace, two New Brunswick gals who train, race, and live as elite middle distance runners. After our collegiate careers, we knew we weren’t quite finished with sport — so, we joined Athletics Canada’s West Hub training centre and launched ourselves into our passion!

 

Now, we float through Victoria’s lush rainforests and stride across grey sand beaches. From this base, we get to travel to secluded corners of the world and meet boatloads of incredible people. We both started running as kids and competed in local New Brunswick races; then, when we got older, we became a part of ANB’s High Performance Program. Even though our dreams have now carried us away, the picture province of NB never stops feeling like home.

 

Sometimes workouts gut us, injuries temporarily sideline us, and bad races leave us discouraged, but those moments occupy only a small portion of this life. Our phenomenal coach, Heather Hennigar, guides and inspires us to find joy in the day-by-day process. We’ve forged close relationships with our teammates, and each workout means another opportunity to tease and goof off.

 

Every day, we train to become the best athletes we can—but, more than that, we aspire to lead lives full of love, laughter, and adventure. Often, we’re asked about our training schedule, our races, or what it takes to try and be the best. Well, we’re still trying to figure it out. But, we’ve committed ourselves to one howling journey, and we can’t wait to see where the currents take us. We’d love to show you an inside look into our intense, quirky, rambunctious, draining, animating, dopy, and soul-filling lives. Thank you for reading along!

 

 

Episode Two: Under the San Diego Sun

 

Our legs wobbling with fatigue, Sarah, Kala, and I trundled towards the cafeteria. Bags drooped from our shoulders and our foamrollers dragged from our fingertips. The wind rustled the leaves of a scrubby bush; my tongue swelled like a dehydrated slug. The San Diego sun beat down on us with the fire of Hades. Sarah shuffled, struggling to lift each sandbag thigh. I wanted to peel off my skin.

            After a moment Kala stopped and turned around. Slowly, cautiously, she took a step backwards. She took another step. “Guys,” she said. Despair at the exhaustion seeped into her voice. “Guys. It’s easier. To walk. Backwards.”

I nodded. My joints swam in their fluid sacks and my brain floated a foot above my head. Kala’s logic seemed to make perfect sense. I turned around. Sarah did the same. Together, the three of us began to walk backwards. Sarah spoke, a loose surprise to her tone. “Yeah. It is.”

I caught Sarah’s eye. Kala giggled. It was so hot. We were so, so tired.

In unison, we burst out laughing.

 

 

The day had begun like any other Saturday with AC’s WestHub. The white San Diego sun seeped through the dissipating clouds and the day promised to grow hot. By the time Sarah and I arrive trackside, Mariah Kelly, Kala Stone, Adrea Propp, Casey Atkin, and Laurence Cote had already maneuvered through our activation routine.  We hurried to catch up.

Standing in front of the start line, Heather adjusted her shades. “Okay, guys, this one will take a bit more focus." In case you’re wondering, that’s Heather-speak for “this is going to be a slow and painful death.” The task? The three sets of intervals that started at 1k race pace, progressed down to 800 race pace, and, ultimately, formed a workout that improved lactic thresholds.

For a moment, Heather’s blond curls and ever-present smile conveyed a sense of ease. From her figurative description, this interval session could be a walk through a flowery meadow. But, then, I thought about what we had literally to do. My stomach dropped like a stone.

Mariah patted me on the shoulder. “No worries, there, Graceland.”

At least, communal suffering brings people together.

 

Throughout the sets, the galaxy itself narrowed to the width of our pack. I watched the shoulder blades driving in front of me; Sarah knocked the elbow swinging to her right. We both maneuvered around Laurence’s high-kicking heels. During each interval, each rest, each ready-steady-go, we settled into the rhythms of each other.

            By the time we reached the third set, the sun dug into our crowns and our lactic-laden legs seemed to sludge through the mondo. We needed someone to take the lead so we could settle in behind and gut through the last of the task.

            Mariah spoke. “Kala, you got this.”

            In the previous set, Kala had fallen off pace; now, she moved like a member of the walking dead. “No, I can’t hit--”

“--nope, you got this.” Sarah spoke this time. The rest of the group chimed in.

A certain famous writer likened interval training to seppuku, and while I promise that is a ridiculous hyperbole, running hard does illuminate certain pieces of yourself. After each workout, you walk off the track having grazed the fringes of who you are. The incredible thing is, then, when you and another transfer that pain back and forth, you slowly know their edges, too. 

Kala nodded and took the inside rail. A row of neon spandex we bent at Heather’s cue, exhales still catching in our throats, hearts still hammering beneath our ribs.

At the go we got off the line, hard. Kala surged to the lead and we settled in around her. Sunspots flashed in my eye and, just wide of her shoulder, I ignored the fast strain, the dead-led-legs, and instead, focusedher blonde ponytail’s rhythmic swing. The tattered gasps of our breaths smoothed to a matched regulation; like a murder of crows, we flew around bend after bend, charged down straight after straight.

And, then, the white line passed beneath our feet. The work was over, and Kala had paced it perfectly.

 

Smelling of dried sweat and electrolyte powder, Sarah, Kala, and I left track and migrated to the pleather couches above the USO Centre’s cafeteria. We did not move for three hours.

Stacks of empty dishes surrounded us like a porcelain canyon. We heckled the announcers on a live-streamed meet and took turns retrieving sustenance. Kala stretched her sore calves over my knees, and the three of us joint-effort-edited instagram posts. After a few hours, we lapsed into contented awake naps, until I accidentally broke the silence by sharing an incredible discovery. “Guys! Guys the pop machine has Strawberry Fanta!” Without raising her head from her pillow, Sarah flung me her empty water bottle.

Across hot tracks we build the athletes we will become. We pass the hurt back and forth, and in making ourselves strong, we make each other stronger, too. Then, as friends, we walk away from the track. Sarah and I find our most cherished experiences in the random, odd, silly, shared moments.

At least from the S&G perspective, it’s rare to find a crew as close ours, and we do not take them for granted. Especially when they walk backwards.  

 

Cheers from this couch – we’re not getting up any time soon.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

xoxox

 


Feb 8 2017 - Athletics New Brunswick Hosting Third Performance Practice This Saturday

The Stade Vance-Toner in the CEPS at the Université de Moncton will be the location for Athletics New Brunswick’s third Performance Practice of the 2016-2017 indoor season.  These sessions offer a chance to athletes from across NB to train on the track in preparation for the Canadian Indoor Championships (taking place in Montreal on February 18-19) and Atlantic Indoor Championships (taking place in Moncton on March 11).  As well as open practice time for athletes and coaches, from 10am to noon, there will be three clinics offered from noon to 2pm.  The clinics will feature three different events, and will give athletes a chance to learn from some great coaches.

 

The clinics featured for this Saturday include pole vault with coaches Sara Miller and Steve Scott; both beginners and experienced athletes will have the chance to learn drills and progressions for successful vaulting.  Pierre Landry will offer and introduction to the long jump and triple jump for young athletes (aged 15 and under), while Gabriel LeBlanc will cover an introduction to sprinting from starting blocks to finish line (also for 15 and under) – these two introductory clinics will be delivered in French.

 

Director of High Performance for ANB, Steve LeBlanc, is very excited to see lots of NB athletes taking advantage of this great opportunity to train and learn.  “With so many of our athletes not having access to indoor facilities, these sessions offer a great chance for them to get on the track in get some quality training done,” noted LeBlanc.  “And the event-specific clinics offer our athletes and coaches a chance to learn from each other, and expand their knowledge and skills,” he added.

 

The sessions start on Saturday morning at 10am and continue through the afternoon until 2pm.  There is no fee and no pre-registration required.


Feb 6 2017 - Practice #’s During a Workout

As previously discussed, the recording of competition data is an important piece in assessing athlete development. This information can be used to guide key performance indicator development, goals within the daily practice environment, and help shape individual workout items. When integrated as practice numbers the details can provide further insight into plans, purpose, and athlete priorities during training situations.

A few common workout/practice numbers that will be explored are the following:

-       Distance

-       Intensity

-       # Contacts

-       # Throws

-       Rest Intervals

Distance

            Distance is a common metric to be recorded from practice situations. When running during a timed run the distance can be recorded giving an indication on velocity capacities. Jumpers can record how much distance was covered in a certain number of bounds, hops, or jumps. Throwers and horizontal jumpers might record the distances of the day’s throws/jumps to determine the farthest performance along with the average. This average number can be quite useful depending on the goals of the workout and training phase. For throwers, this can also be valuable in managing abilities with heavier or lighter implements highlighting developmental needs.

Intensity

            Intensity is a common parameter found within workouts but its assessment is sometimes for subjective than objective. For sprinters and hurdlers this can take a more objective outlook by determining their velocity (how fast they are travelling in meters/second) as determined by their distance/time. For example, if the athletes best thirty-meter fly (a common metric for maximal velocity sprinting) is 3.32seconds their maximum velocity is approximately 9.03m/s. If the athlete, then performs a 22.50 second 150m run the average velocity would be 6.66m/s giving us an approximate average intensity of roughly 73.8% of the athlete’s maximum velocity capabilities. While this level of detail is not only applicable to sprinters and hurdles, it can be used for all athletes and especially useful when returning from an injury. For endurance athletes, the use of intensity most commonly involves running intervals at a percentage, higher for lower, of their race pace goals. For the jumps and throws this becomes slightly more subjective analysis and based off of the coach’s program design but throwing with an underweight implement could be viewed as a lower intensity day or taking jumps from a short approach. However, depending on the volume and mental investment on this short approach jump or light implement throw the intensity could still be quite high.

# of Contacts

            For jumpers, this is a common metric that is measured but it can be used by all who utilize jumping activities. For the jumper, they might do sets and reps of bounds and hops where contacts are the main parameter (3x10x10 Hops per leg) or six take offs from their left leg. Very simply it is how many jumps or foot contacts take place. If athletes are doing hurdle rebounds (hurdles placed a set distance apart from the legs and the athlete jumping over top of one landing and jumping over the next) it is easy to calculate. Eight hurdles would be eight landings and if the athlete is doing six sets that would be forty-eight total contacts. For running, if an athlete is coming back from injury and we want to progressively increase the number of running contacts they take during a workout we could measure their stride length and determine how many contacts occur over a given distance. For example, if the athletes sub maximum running stride length is approximately 1.8 meters a fifty-meter run would result in approximately twenty-eight strides or fourteen contacts per foot.

# of Throws

            Many throws coaches will count the number of throws in practice to determine and monitor volumes however for those also using throwing modalities it is an important number to keep track of. If the athletes throw medicine balls or shot puts for athletic development reasons they should be recorded. Did the athlete do twenty forward squat heaves or did they do fifty and how much did the implement weigh? These numbers and differences are valuable pieces of information especially when determining competition and taper plans. When combined with an intensity metric (distance that the implement is thrown) an approximate overall training load can be determined.

Rest Intervals

            While rest intervals are usually a secondary thought they are extremely important when determining density patterns of the workout. These density patterns of work to rest can influence the athlete’s perception of workload and overall focus on quality within the workout item. Let’s use a sprinter, endurance runner, jumper, and thrower with each having to perform five runs or jumps or throws. If the time between each repetition was only sixty seconds that might lend itself to lower intensity activities very suitable for a runner where endurance is being developed but if we elaborated on the other events and said it is a maximal effort flying thirty, a full approach long jump, or competition effort javelin throw this would raise red flags as to the purpose of the workout and its intended effects on competition performance as well as having an increased likelihood of injury. If the time between each repetition was eight minutes that might lend itself to a higher intensity where the sprinter doing the flying 30m, the jumper doing the full approach long jump, or the thrower doing the competition effort javelin would have a greater importance and make much more sense in terms of development of competition performance while the endurance runner would be looking for high quality efforts at greater proximity or even exceeding race paces.

The above information is merely a snapshot of examples that through further reflection, inspection, and analysis can help the coach identify numbers used in practice to guide the goals, developmental needs, and focus of the athlete and support staff within the daily training environment. However, it must be reiterated that individual numbers are unique to the coach, athlete, training phase, goals, and developmental needs of the individual. The importance of the numbers is found through the process of identifying them and impacting the focus, understanding, and pursuit of key performance indicators within the athlete development plan.

This article is the third of a monthly segment called Coaching Connection. If you are looking for additional ideas or assistance with any of the details above, do not hesitate to reach out. Additionally, ideas for future topics and if you would like to contribute to this monthly activity please contact Coaching Education Director Jason Reindl at jasonreindl@me.com


Feb 6 2017 - NB Subway Indoor Championships and 1st RJTW Indoor Provincial Champs a Success

The 2017 Subway New Brunswick Indoor Track and Field Championships took place this past Saturday, February 4th, in Oromocto. The competition saw many great performances and four new provincial master's records.

Highlights include:

- Shelby MacIsaac of Riverview (ASEA) won both the midget girls 60m and 200m with times of 8.26 and 26.39, respectively.

- Abby Davidson of Fredericton (FLTC) won the youth girl's 60, 200m, and long jump with performances of 8.17, 27.03, and 4.90m, respectively.

- Kyla Hughes of Cocagne (ASEA) won the youth girl's shot put with a best throw of 12.78m.

- Elizabeth MacDonald of Fredericton (FTLC) won both the senior women's shot put and weight throw with distances of 11.91m and 16.71m, respectively. Elizabeth missed her own provincial weight throw record by just 13 centimeters!

- Tess McDonald of Fredericton (FLTC) won the senior women's triple jump with a best jump of 11.57m.

- Andy Justason of Fredericton (FLTC) broke the M45-49 high jump record with a jump of 1.63m, breaking the record by just 0.01!

- Jason McQuaid of Quispamsis broke the M35-39 300m record with a time of 42.03.

- Imrich Kiraly of Yarmouth (SJTC) broke the M70-74 shot put record with a best throw of 9.89m.

- Rob Jackson of Fredericton set a new record in the M60-64 5000m with a time of 18:28.65.

- Jordan Henri and Tim Poirier, both of Moncton (ASEA) clocked sub 24.00 times in the 200m, running 23.20 and 23.62, respectively. Henri also won the youth boy's 60m with a time of 7.25.

- Brandon LeBlanc of Riverview (FLTC) won both the senior men's 400m and 800m with times of 54.09 and 2:07.40, respectively, and anchored the St. Thomas University to win the senior men's 4x200m relay.

- Jonathan Gionet of Bathurst (FLTC) won both the senior men's shot put and weight throw with distances of 15.25m and 14.62m, respectively.

- Dan Brown of Hampton (SJTC) won the senior men's 600m in a great time of 1:23.38.

"The was once again a very successful indoor championship," said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. "A high number of volunteers and officials especially made this meet very enjoyable for the athletes."

ASEA Track Club won the championship banner with a final score of 313 points, while Saint John Track Club finished second with 246 points, and Fredericton Legion Track Club third with 234 points.

Full results can be found here: www.anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=917

Following the age class championships on Sunday, February 5th, was the 1st RJTW Provincial Indoor Championships also taking place at the Gagetown track. More than 100 athletes age 6 to 13 from across the province took part in this exciting event. Smiles, high fives, and positive experiences were had by many.

For many of these athletes it was their first experience on a synthetic track and providing assistance and officiating to these young athletes were members of the UNB Track and Field team who quite possibly aided future Atlantic University Champions.

“We are very pleased with the turn out for this first indoor provincial championships. These young athletes are the future of the sport and future New Brunswick success stories. It will be exciting to see them all again in the summer during our outdoor series and at future ANB event,” said Director of RJTW Alex Holder.

Full results can be found here: http://anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=918


Feb 2 2017 - Subway New Brunswick Indoor Championships this weekend

This weekend Oromocto is set to host the Subway New Brunswick Indoor Championships. Featuring athletes aged 14 and up, this meet is set to showcase some elite talent within the province, and even a few from abroad. Oromocto’s facility is beautiful and always features some fantastic results.

With athletes from all corners of the province and even a few from PEI. With many university and club athletes alike, not to mention the coveted provincial indoor club title is on the line. Last year the title was won by the Saint John Track and Field Club, by just 7 points so we know it will be another extremely competitive race to thetop!

Also,  if you’re a parent or a spectator who is going to be around we can still use some help in the form of volunteers.

Event info including the final schedule can be found here: http://anb.ca/Calendar/view-event.php?id=1265

If you’d like to spend some time helping out you can register to volunteer here:  https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/volunteer/2017-new-brunswick-indoor-athletics-club-championships-14/7133/


Feb 1 2017 - Andy Justason Sets National Record in Kenosha, Wisconsin

This past weekend Andy Justason , Of  set a new national heptathlon (M45-49) record by winning the US Masters Heptathlon Championships in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His score of 4581 bested the previous Canadian record of 4198. During the event, Andy set new provincial (M45-49) records in the long jump (5.50m) and in the 60m (8.16s). He also tied his own records in the 60m hurdles (9.88s) and in the pole vault (3.20m).

¨This goes to show that Andy continues to be one the top masters athletes in Canada. We can’t wait to see more great performances from Andy in 2017.¨ said Gabriel Leblanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick.

2017-04-19 - ANB Offering Summer Student Positions
2017-04-18 - Athletics New Brunswick is currently accepting resumes for the position of High Performance Coach
2017-04-12 - Coaching Better Every Season
2017-04-10 - Volunteer at Jeux de la Francophonie Canadienne
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