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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

UNB will introduce a Varsity Reds track and field program in fall 2010, the first-ever such program to be based on the Saint John campus.

Like the other Varsity Reds programs based on the Fredericton campus, the track and field program will compete at the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) levels, which are the highest levels of varsity sport in Canada. Though based in Saint John, UNB students from Fredericton may also participate, reflecting a similar arrangement for Saint John students wishing to participate in Varsity Reds programs on the Fredericton campus. UNB's CIS-level presence on its two main campuses is a rare, if not unique, model in Canada.

“We have worked closely with the athletics directors on both of our campuses and members of the Saint John community to make this happen,” said John McLaughlin, outgoing president of UNB. “It's been a real partnership."   Dave Munro, director of athletics at UNBSJ, said the new program came to fruition after several months of talks with his counterpart in Fredericton, Kevin Dickie. "The idea of finding a sport or sports where both campuses can compete through the one team is very exciting," Munro said. "The fact that it's based in Saint John gives us a new credibility as a smaller campus." He added UNBSJ offered a promising base for the program as the Port City has a vibrant running community through the Saint John Track and Field Club and featured the soon-to-be refurbished Canada Games stadium on campus. Munro said the track and field club will be administrated co-operatively by both campuses and opens the door for his campus to expand onto the varsity sport scene.   Members of the Saint John Track and Field Club assisted the university in developing the program and will have a strong relationship with the varsity team as it moves forward.

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Aug 26 2009 - Awards

Club 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

Jon MacNeill
Telegraph Journal

SAINT JOHN - Alex Coffin remembers Saint John Track Club founder Walter Ellis as a man who went to great lengths to ensure each member of his club received the training they needed. That spirit of inclusion will be a central theme at the first-ever Saint John Track Club Banquet tonight at the Rockwood Golf Course clubhouse, where 10 athletes will receive awards.

"He wasn't focused too much on just one or two (elite) athletes. He always found the time for everyone in the club, no matter what their level," Coffin said.

"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

Sherbrooke QC, Team New Brunswick captured 6 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze) at the 2009 The legion Legion Canadian Youth Championships. Saint John TC’s Mitch Quigg finished 3rd in the U17 Boys Octathlon with a total of 5021 points. Mitch also set a provincial record of 5021 points in the process. This sets the stage well for Canada Games where he will compete in the decathlon.  
Sarah Taplin of Moncton won 2 medals, a Gold in the Midget Girls triple jump with a jump of 11m21 and a bronze in the long jump 5m07. Tommy McGinn (Fredericton) ran a new personal best time 2:00.82 to finish 2nd in the midget boys 800m. Lindsey Gauvin (Big River) won bronze in the Juvenile Girls Javelin with a toss of 40m80.

In the midget boys Distance Medley Relay ( 1x 400m, 2x200m & 1x800m) the NB team finished 3rd with a time of 3:50.12. The team members were Tommy Mcginn (Fredericton) , Alex Guest (Bristol), Landon Birch (Beaverdam) & SJTC’s Nick MacMackin (Quispamsis) who anchored the race with a strong 800m leg to help secure the medal.

In other SJTC news from Legion Nationals: Matt McNeil ran a strong race in the Youth 3000m and Reid Burrows ran to a personal best in the midget 3000m and was a member of the 4x100m. Nick MacMackin ran to personal bests in both the 800m and 1500m.  Shannon Morris competed in the midget Shot Put & did a personal best in the Discus. Grace Annear in her second time at Legions competed in the long jump, 400m, 4x400m relay & 800M and of course still looks forward to good performances at the Canada Games in a few weeks.   Another NB team member, Samantha MacDonald set a new provincial record in the Juvenile Heptathlon (finishing 4th) with a point total of 3860.     Congratulations to all the athletes. Full results:

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.

Ben Fowler – 1st in the 100m, High Jump, Long Jump,
Cole Healey – 1st in the 400m,
Joshua Shanks – 1st in the 1500m, 3000m Mitch Quigg – 1st in Long Jump, Javelin,
Isabelle Nickerson – 1st in the 400m

  Also competing were Grace Annear, Shannon Morris, Matt McNeil, Reid Burrows, Rachelle McDonald, Dallas Casey, Alex Peabody, James Parks & Mike Campbell.

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

2017-06-06 - SJTC Throws Clinic
2017-04-13 - Important Notice about Jason Reindl
2017-03-18 - Spring/Summer Program 2017
2016-09-20 - JD Irving Invitational Cross Country - Middle & High School Meet
2016-05-27 - Caleb Jones Retires from Competition

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