Athletics records broken at Gagetown meet

OROMOCTO — Wheelchair racer Veronica Coombes of Shediac Cape broke three New Brunswick records at the 13th annual Gagetown Invitational Saturday at the CFB Gagetown indoor track.

Coombes, a member of Athlétisme Sud-Est/South-East Athletics, broke the T54 provincial marks in the 60, 200 and 400-metre events. She shattered the 200-metre record by 1.45 seconds.

The meet attracted 180 competitors, who set 15 new provincial records.

Jason Bouchard of Oromocto broke his own senior men’s 200m record in a time of 22.57, the fastest time ever recorded by a New Brunswicker.

Aaron LeBlanc of Memramcook, also a member of ASEA, broke his own record in the junior men’s weight throw. His throw of 14.75 metres with 25 pounds of weight was more than 70 centimetres further than the previous mark.

Jessika Lepage of Atholvolle broke the midget girls shot put record by throwing the three-kilogram shot 10.60 metres.

Meanwhile, Athletics New Brunswick honoured its best at a year-end awards gala Saturday and Moncton’s Geneviève Lalonde captured two prizes.

Lalonde was named the senior female athlete of the year and the cross-country female athlete of the year.

Riverview’s Michael LeBlanc was selected senior male athlete of the year while Barry Britt of Hampton was named cross-country male athlete of the year.

Other winners were: Samantha Taylor of Canterbury (female bantam), Cole Healey of Saint John (male bantam), Victoria LeBlanc of Saint John (female midget), Colin Belliveau of Bouctouche (male midget), Katie Robinson of Saint John (female youth), Nick MacMackin of Quispamsis (male youth), Sarah Taplin of Moncton (female junior), Ryan Cassidy of Grande-Digue (male junior and junior cross-country), Shayne Dobson of Campbellton (para), Paul Gauthier of Rothesay (master), Grace Annear of Hampton (female cross-country), Alex Coffin and Bill MacMackin of Quispamsis (coaches of the year), Carl Cummings of Beaverdam (official) and Ron LeBlanc of Dieppe (volunteer).