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May 30 2009 - Eileen Creamer, Telegraph Journal
SAINT JOHN - Walker Blizzard has faced charging linebackers and blitzing safeties as an offensive star on the St. Malachy's High School football team. But there's something daunting about his first regional high school track meet.From left, Daniel Hanson, David Slipp, Erin Kelly, Matt Hanson and Walker Blizzard prepare to run at the Canada Games Stadium. Erin Kelly of St. Mac's is a member of the Saint John Track Club and owner of three District 8 middle school records and one provincial middle school record.
As a first-year student at St. Mac's, Erin Kelly feels no such trepidation. She's a longtime member of the Saint John Track Club and owns three District 8 middle school records and one provincial middle school record.
They'll join about 350 athletes from 17 schools today at the South-West regional track and field meet at Camp Gagetown in Oromocto, with the top eight in each discipline advancing to the provincial championships next Saturday in Oromocto.
"Everyone has been working really hard at practice and I just hope for some good times and tough competition," said Kelly, who will compete in the 200-metre and 400-m runs as well as discus.
In 2006, Kelly recorded record runs for District 8 in the 200-m with a time of 30:31, the 400-m with a time of 1:06.64 and also the 800-m with a time of 2:49.64. In 2008 she set a provincial record for middle school in the 400-m with a time of 1:04.52.
Blizzard, St. Mac's male athlete of the year, will compete in the 100-m, high jump and long jump.
"I don't really know what to expect, I'm new to this," said Blizzard.
Today could mark the last time he competes at the high school level, but Blizzard is hoping to postpone that by a week.
"Making provincials would be a great way to end my season," he said.
St. Malachy's coach Warren Coombs said it's difficult to predict who will advance to the provincials, as regionals are the first New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association meet of the year.
"The whole team has been working extremely hard during practice but we are still expecting some stiff competition," Coombs said. "We all hope to do well and everyone on this team has the promise to move on."
The North East regional is being held at the Anna Malenfant Track in Dieppe today.
May 27 2009 - District 6 Middle School Champs – May 27
Congratulations to club athletes for their performances in the recent District 6 middle school event. The District champion was Harry Miller Middle School. Club members competing and their results are shown below. Hanna Buck: Grade 7 girls – 4th 100m, 5th 200m Brenna Kettlewell: Grade 6 girls – 2nd 800m, 1st Long Jump, 1st Triple Jump Liam Kettlewell: Grade 8 Boys – 3rd 100m, 2nd 200m Nick MacMackin: Grade 8 Boys – 1st 400m, 800m (District Records in both) Both girls were members of top 3 relay teams in the 4 x 100m and Sprint medley. Liam and Nick were on teams in both relay events that won the district races and set new district records.
May 24 2009 - Jeux Regionaux: Dieppe
Four SJTC members had a very successful competition at today's Jeux Regionale in Dieppe. They will all be traveling to the Jeux d'Acadie on June 26 - 28 and representing South East (District 1). Congratulations to the following athletes:
Pierre Dumouchel - 1st place in both the 600 and 1200
Sophie Tremblay - 1st in high jump and shot put
Paul Tremblay - 1st in javelin
Anthony Cormier - 1st in 60, 150 and long jump
May 13 2009 - Track & Field Event Clinics & Meets
Where: Canada Games Stadium, UNBSJ
When: May 21st, May 28th, June 1st
These clinics will be lead by area/provincial coaches and are for athletes currently in High School & Middle School. The goal is to develop improved skills in technical track and field events. Those attending the clinics should be planning to train for the event and compete in it at school competitions and/or other meets.
May 21 (5:30-7:00)
May 28 (5:30-7:00)
June 1 (5:30-7:00)
Long Jump/Triple Jump
Registration fees: (Advance registration is required 48 hours prior to the clinic date)
· SJ Track Club Members - no charge · Non-Members - $5
Each clinic will have a maximum registration to provide a quality training opportunity.
This maximum will be based on the event and at the request of the instructor/coach.
To Register Contact: Alex Coffin, Saint John Track Club (506) 848-4322 (w) or by email Marathoncanada@live.com
May 10 2009 - Busy Weekend for Local SJTC Athletes:
ASEA Meet (Dieppe): Five athletes went to Dieppe for an early season meet this past weekend. There were some great results for this point in the season including a number of personal bests. Grace Annear competed in the 400m, 800m leading the field with a strong 63.33 and 2:34.34 respectively. She also showed some good early form in the long jump with a jump of 4.51m. On the boys side there were a number of outstanding results. Pierre Dumouchel won both the 400m and 800m, running to a personal best of 2:30.40 in the 800. Anthony Cormier ran to a win and personal best in the 200m at a time of 28.95. He also had an outstanding long jump of 4.33m for another personal best and showed strength in his 100m and 400m races. Josh Shanks also posted strong results with a close second place finish in the 800m, set a personal best of 4:59.82 in the 1500m and competed in the shot put. Dallas Casey also put in a solid day of running with strong performances in the 200m, 400m and 800m. Full results Fredericton Scotiabank Marathon: The club was also well represented at this event with Coach Alex Coffin leading the way capturing a win in the full marathon with a time of 2:47:33. Matt McNeil also showed great speed in the 5km race with a second place finish in a personal best time of 16:30. Also competing were Coaches Bill MacMackin in the 1/2 Marathon in a time of 1:36:29, Dave Sheils in the Full Marathin in a time of just over 3:30 and Alexandra Sullivan in the Full Marathon in a time of 5:02:27 Full results
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