Records fall at N.B. track and field championships

SAINT JOHN — Brandon LeBlanc of Riverview High and Sydney MacDonald of Miramichi Valley were among the athletes who broke provincial records at the New Brunswick high school track and field championships Saturday at the Canada Games Stadium in Saint John.

However, only LeBlanc’s record will stand — for now.

LeBlanc broke the senior boys high school record in the 400-metre hurdles with a time of 57.55 seconds, snapping the old mark of 58.29 that was set in 2006.

LeBlanc also won the 110m hurdles and was fourth in the 800m.

MacDonald broke the senior girls 100m hurdles record by almost 0.7 seconds, but an illegal wind prevented the mark from being official. She will be targeting the record next year, when she is in Grade 12.

MacDonald also won the long jump and placed second in the high jump.

Athletics New Brunswick technical director Gabriel LeBlanc was impressed with the athletes.

“There were some amazing performances on the track and on the field at the championships this year,” he said.

“The athletes continue to outperform themselves and compete in big numbers.”

Saint John High Greyhounds won the AAA team banner.

The Bonar Law Bengals of Rexton took home the AA title and École Samuel-de-Champlain of Saint John captured the A championship.

Riverview High won the senior boys 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Saint John High took both junior boys relays.

Bonar Law captured both junior girls relays and Fredericton High won both senior girls relays.

Gabriel LeBlanc said many of the athletes who excelled on Saturday will get a chance to represent New Brunswick at upcoming events, including the Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que., and the Canadian Youth Championships in British Columbia.

Sara-Eve Noel of École secondaire Nepisiguit in Bathurst broke the junior girls record in the discus with a throw of 31.69, breaking the old mark by 33 centimetres. Noel also finished third in the shot put.

Jennifer Bell of Miramichi Valley tossed the shot put a record 11.45 m in the senior girls division. She broke the old mark by 13 centimetres. Bell also won the discus and was third in the triple jump.

Clint Steeves of J.M.A. Armstrong in Salisbury won the junior boys high jump and long jump titles. He also finished fifth in the 100m.

Other record-breakers were: Victoria LeBlanc of Saint John High in the junior girls 400m hurdles, Antoney Cormier of Saint John High in the junior boys 300m hurdles and Matthew McLaughlin of Fredericton High in the senior boys 400m.

Luisa Schwarz of École Ste-Anne in Fredericton won the junior girls 3,000m in 4:53.50, missing Genevieve Lalonde’s record by less than three seconds. Schwarz also placed second in the 1,500m.