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Aug 31 2009 - Congratulations to our Canada Games Athletes: We are proud of you.
Barry Britt - PB in the 5000m Mitch Quigg - PB in the Decathlon
Caleb Jones - An Awesome Summer! Grace Annear - Provincial Record Relay
Aug 30 2009 - UNB will introduce a Varsity Reds track and field program
New CIS-Level Track and Field Team to be Based at UNB Saint John
Aug 26 2009 - Awards
The following are members of the Saint John Track Club who are receiving awards at the club's first banquet, held in honour of club founder Walter Ellis.
11 and under category - Emilee Hoellwarth & Cole Healey
12-13 category - Ben Fowler & Danielle French
14-15 category - Nick MacMackin & Shannon Morris
16-17 category - Grace Annear & Mitch Quigg
18 and up - Rachelle McDonald & Caleb Jones
Aug 24 2009 - Telegraph Journal
"Walter was very inclusive, so we wanted the banquet to be that way as well by not just giving out one or two awards, to honour how (Ellis) was."
Ellis formed the Port City's only track club in 1976 while teaching English at St. Malachy's High School. He started various sport clubs at St. Mac's, including the track and rugby programs, just one tiny piece of Ellis's rich legacy that's being honoured tonight at 6 p.m. The banquet will include a small presentation from Sue Ellis Loparco, Walter's daughter, and features special guests Eric Gillis, a Beijing athletics Olympian, and masters marathon record-holder Denise Robson.
Coffin, who trained under Ellis during his high school years, recalls Ellis as a dedicated coach who fought for his pupils. He said during the 1980s when access to indoor training facilities was very competitive, Ellis would always make sure his runners had somewhere to practice. "He knew how to get his way for the kids," Coffin said.
Loparco, the primary speaker at the banquet, grew up under her father's wing and followed Ellis from track meet to training session until she naturally progressed into a coach herself. The Forest Hills teacher plans to use the opportunity tonight to share a part of her father's life which truly reflects his iron-will and dedication.
"One of the big things that a lot of people don't know about dad was that he had kidney disease," Loparco said of her father who died in 1995. "He was very sick for 30 years, but he still did all these things."
Ellis was diagnosed in 1968 and was one of the first New Brunswickers to be put on home dialysis. Loparco said three times a week, after spending all day teaching and all evening coaching, her father would return home where his wife, Judy, who was a nurse, would hook Ellis up to a dialysis machine for 16-18 hours at a time.
"That wasn't something that was never known because he was so active."
Aug 10 2009 - Mitch Quigg Wins Bronze in the Octathlon / Team NB wins 6 medals at Legion Nationals
Aug 3 2009 - 2009 Hershey North American Final – Nick MacMackin Wins 800m – August 1, 2009
SJTC & New Brunswick athletes had outstanding performances at this year’s Hershey Final. Nick MacMackin was the winner of the 13-14 Boys 800m with a time of 2:06.12 with a strong kick over the final 300 meters. This is the first time that an NB athlete has won a gold medal at the North American Final. Way to go Nick. In the relays, the boys 11-12 4x100 team of Anthony Cormier, Alec Alston, Jack Berkshire and Andrew Leblanc placed 6th in a time of 57.03 which was a two place improvement over last year. Leah Macauley of Fredericton placed 3rd in the 13-14 girls 800m with a provincial record with a personal best time of 2:21.98 in her first visit to Hershey. Another first time North American Final attendee, Amy Lynn Grant of Beresford placed 3rd in the 13-14 girls 100m with a time of 13.09 continuing her very strong results this season. The girls 11-12 4x100 relay of MacKenzie Amos, Alexondra Kiely, Alyson Colpitts and Cassidy Richards placed 9th. These results are some the best for NB athletes ever at the North American Final. Congratulations to all of them. Link to complete results and podium photos
Aug 3 2009 - Atlantic Outdoor Championships
Almost 400 athletes gathered for the Atlantics in Oromocto including all four provinces Canada Games Teams and many Legion team qualifiers. 15 SJTC athletes competed in this final regular season meet in pursuit of some good results to round out their season. The following athletes were Atlantic Champions (!!) from our club especially multiple event winners Ben fowler, Mitch Quigg and Josh Shanks.
Aug 2 2009 - Pan American Junior Championships - NB Athlete Results
span style="COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 8pt">SJTC Athletes had excellent performances at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. Caleb Jones tied for 4th in the javelin with a strong throw of 63.73 m as a follow up to his gold medal at the Canadian Juniors. Caleb has also been selected as part of the Canada-New Brunswick Athletics Team at the Jeux de la Francophonie that will take place from September 27th to October 6th, 2009 in Beyrouth, Libanon. Barry placed 8th in the 5000m with a time of 15:17.56. This was the first National Track Team opportunity for these athletes. Congratulation to both of them!! Complete results
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