SFU Clan climb in National and Regional Rankings #crosscountry @SFUClan

September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013

Burnaby, BC – The Simon Fraser University women’s cross country team is ranked second in the West Region and sixth in the NCAA Division II following the most recent USTFCCCA coaches’ polls.

The polls, which occur weekly during the season, are voted on by a selected committee of coaches from across the division.

SFU has jumped one position in the regional rankings and seven positions in the national rankings since last week, one spot behind Great Northwest Athletic Conference competitors University of Alaska Anchorage in both polls.

They also rank one spot ahead of Chico State University in both polls, a West Region competitor and member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

UAA and Chico both qualified for the NCAA Division II national championship in 2012, while an injured Clan squad missed the qualifying mark by one position, finishing in sixth at the 2012 West Regionals.

The SFU women led all GNAC competitors at their opening meet of the season, finishing second overall at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, WA last weekend.

The Clan women are back in action along with their men’s program this weekend racing at the Eric Anderson Invitational on September 21 in Spokane, WA.

Full article: http://athletics.sfu.ca/news/2013/9/18/WXC_0918134245.aspx?path=general


Nice result for Woodward in Nice @NewWestNews

September 18, 2013

September 17, 2013

New Westminster News Leader – Staff Writer

NEW WEST NEWS – Krista Woodward’s throw of 52.82 metres earned her the gold medal in women’s javelin at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie in Nice, France.

Canadian athletes won 22 medals, including six gold, eight silver and eight bronze, at the games which involves competing from more than 60 French speaking countries in eight disciplines.

Burnaby’s Curtis Moss also won a silver in the men’s javelin with a  throw of 76.04 metres.

Full article: http://www.newwestnewsleader.com/sports/224089141.html

Sammons, East share top Peninsula Track award @VictoriaNews

September 18, 2013

September 17, 2013

By: Danny Daniels — Contributor

VICTORIA NEWS – Although they are separated by 60 years in age, young Ben Sammons and Masters competitor Les East have one thing in common — exceptional performances in the sport of track and field.

At the season-ending barbecue and picnic for the Peninsula Track and Field Club, Sammons, 13, and East, 74, were named as joint winners of the Inspirational Athlete Trophy for 2013.

Their names will go on the trophy to join with those from previous years, including Olympic bronze medalist Angela Chalmers, sprint champion Tom Michell and decathlete Greg Dingle.

Sammons set a career high of 38 personal best performances in both hurdles and flat races on the track, as well as in many jumping and throwing events.

East was a gold medalist in both throwing and jumping events at the BC and Canadian Masters Championships and at the B.C. Seniors Games.

Sarah Gibson, Julia Irwin and Meagan Peterson shared the Fiona Clarke (girls) award, given for performance excellence and sportsmanship, while the boys award went to Finn Battersby.

Oliver Adam, Matteo Hilton and David Johnson will have their names engraved on the Eleanor Richardson Memorial Trophy for participation, cooperation and dedication.

In the specific event categories, Conor Loughnane and Connor McCoullogh received the Runner of the Year trophies, and Julia Peterson was named Jumper of the Year.

Another Masters athlete, Carl Jensen, was given the Thrower of the Year trophy for his prowess in the Island series meets and at the Victoria Highland Games.

At opposite ends of the sport, first-timers Blake Furtado, Alyssa Jensen and Olivia Lucas were acknowledged at Outstanding Novice Athletes, while the Outstanding Masters Athlete trophy went to Anne Murfitt in recognition of her six gold medals from the Canadian Masters Championships.

Full article: http://www.vicnews.com/neighbourhoods/sidney/223693181.html

PacificSport Northern BC is running a RJT NCCP Course this weekend in #PrinceGeorge

September 18, 2013

NCCP Run, Jump, Throw – Prince George 

September 21, 2013 – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
September 22, 2013 – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Registration Fee: $75.00

Location: Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre

Contact: Kimberley Bennett (Phone: 250-960-5344 or Email: kbennett@pacificsport.com)

Register Online: http://www.pacificsportnorthernbc.com/events/nccp-run-jump-throw-0 

Burnaby Central’s new International-Standard Track complete @BurnabyNews @WandaChow

September 10, 2013


Burnaby Central track coaches Wes Stinson and Randy Kimiya are hoping to bring the school back to its glory days in track and field now that its new track and turf field are finished and ready for use (photo Mario Bartel/NewsLeader)

September 10, 2013 – By Wanda Chow (wchow@burnabynewsleader.com)

Have Track will conquer? 

BURNABY NEWS LEADER – With a new international-standard track completed right outside its doors, Burnaby Central secondary is hoping to return to its glory days of track and field.

Under the guidance of legendary head coach Ken Taylor, Central came in first place at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships a record 15 times. The school has placed in the top three 30 times since 1967.

But the last time Central cracked the top three was in 2005. In the last few years, that hasn’t been surprising.

After all, how’s a track-and-field powerhouse supposed to train without a track and field?

The previous facility was a casualty of the project to build a new Central school, starting in 2009.

“One of the first things they did to start construction, before they even touched the building, was they dismantled three-quarters of the field,” said Central teacher and track-and-field head coach Randy Kamiya.

The last few years, “out of the way” was a common refrain heard in the school  during the spring as dozens of students practised their baton hand-offs and sprints in the hallways.

While Kamiya describes that experience as “hilarious,” he noted that meant the runners rarely got to practise while wearing their spikes, leaving them much less prepared for races than they’d like.

Often the students would trek over to nearby Gilpin elementary to practise discus or shotput on their field, and used the pea gravel in the playground area for high jump and long-jump training.

With the new facility ready for use, Kamiya has high hopes for future track-and-field seasons.

“We have hands down the best track facility in Burnaby.”

The facility will not only make it easier to teach students the finer points of athletics events, it should go a long way to recruit Central kids for the team, said Central track coach Wes Stinson. When the entire facility was gone, the team dwindled to about 30 members, compared to the 65 or so that joined last spring when runners were at least able to train on the infield.

And if, by chance, a meet is held at the new facility under the watchful eye of certified officials, any world records set will count towards the record books.

That’s because the eight-lane, rubberized-surface track has been built to international standards, oriented north-south like all other such tracks to account for winds.

The $5.9-million facility, including the track, artificial-turf infield and lights, was cost-shared between Burnaby city hall, which contributed $2.9 million, Burnaby school district ($2 million) and the federal government ($1 million).

When Central isn’t using it outside school hours, it’s open for bookings from the general public, said Burnaby parks and recreation director Dave Ellenwood.

He expects it to be just as popular with recreational runners and walkers as the new track at Confederation Park has proven to be. The artificial-turf infield will be home to   Burnaby girls soccer.

Track-and-field clubs like the Burnaby Striders are anxious to return to Central and Fortius Sport & Health has contacted Burnaby’s parks department about bringing the elite athletes it works with to train at Central, Ellenwood said.

Burnaby is centrally located for elite athletes living in the Lower Mainland and Central itself is aptly named, he said, noting giving youth the chance to watch elite athletes train right outside their school is likely to “facilitate development of homegrown athletes.”

Full article: http://www.burnabynewsleader.com/news/223143221.html

Armstrong places third overall on Diamond League circuit @KamThisWeek

September 10, 2013

September 10, 2013

KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK – Dylan Armstrong finished tied for third in the overall 2013 Diamond League shot-put standings after the last event on the circuit was held in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday, Sept. 6.

He placed fourth on Friday with a toss of 20.76 metres.

Ryan Whiting of the U.S. threw 21.45 metres to win gold and lock up first place in the overall standings.

Full article: http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/sports/223129961.html

VIDEO: Liam Lindsay athlete spotlight #CowichanValley #LongJump #TripleJump

September 10, 2013

By Don Bodger – September 8, 2013 

COWICHAN NEWS LEADER PICTORIAL – Liam Lindsay jumped into the track and field circuit in a big way in 2013. Lindsay, 17, a Grade 12 Cowichan Secondary School student, just missed a medal in fourth place for the triple jump at the Legion national youth meet and finished 10th in the long jump.

“It was different and it was one of the biggest things I’ve ever done,’’ he said of the meet last month in Langley. “There’s also a certain amount of pressure representing Team B.C., but I think overall it was a great experience.’’

Nursing a leg injury along the way created an extra challenge.

“Triple jump, it was tough being able to train but being able to stay healthy as well,’’ Lindsay said. “I had some coaches helping me do that and worked my way through it and did as best as I could.’’

Lindsay’s personal best in the triple jump is 13.28 metres from the Team B.C. qualifying meet in Kamloops this year.

His 6.25 metre personal best in the long jump came during the provincial high school meet in Langley.

“I’m looking to start training full seasons starting in September and do some ground work and strength training before we move on to technique later in the season,’’ Lindsay said.

VIDEO INTERVIEW: http://www.cowichannewsleader.com/sports/222880381.html

Vancouver Thunderbirds announce Derrick Johnston as Head Coach Power/Speed @VanThunderbirds @_trackcoach

September 9, 2013

September 6, 2013 

The Vancouver Thunderbirds are pleased to announce the appointment of Derrick Johnston as the Head Coach Power/Speed effective immediately.

He will be replacing James Buhlman who has been with the club for the past two years and now will be pursuing other goals.

Derrick has been coaching track and field since 2000, starting out at the high school level in London, ON.  After moving to Calgary in 2006, he became the head power and speed coach with CALTAF.  Under his guidance, 2 athletes represented Canada at international competitions, one winning a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games.  A brief move back to London in 2011 found him coaching at Western University, where he helped them win their first Men’s CIS Championship in school history. For the past season he was the head sprints coach at UBC, and had great success with a young team.  His most recent accomplishment is being a member of the coaching staff for Team Canada at the 2013 Pan Am Jr Championships, where Canada won a record-breaking 19 medals.  

James will be working with Derrick to facilitate an orderly transition of his affairs, and in this connection there will be a short information meeting to be held at St George’s Junior School gymnasium on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 for all power/speed athletes and any interested parents.

For more information please contact the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club: tbirdtrackandfield(AT)gmail.com

NorWesters sail to gold at Youth Track Nationals #LegionNationals @NorthShoreNews

September 9, 2013


Emma Rastad of the NorWesters Track and Field Club leaps into first place in U16 long jump at the Legion National Youth Championships held in August in Langley. (Photograph by: supplied)

September 4, 2013 – by Andy Prest 

NORTH SHORE NEWS – A pair of long jumpers led the way as four athletes from the North Shore’s NorWesters Track and Field Club took home medals at the Legion National Youth Championships held last month in Langley.

Emma Rastad won gold in the girls U16 long jump with a leap of 5.61 metres while Diana Voloshin claimed the girls U18 long jump with a 5.56 m attempt.

James Elson won a pair of medals, finishing second in boys U18 high jump after clearing 2.01 m and earning bronze in triple jump with a leap of 13.42 m. Nima Parsakish rounded out the medal haul with a silver medal showing in the boys U16 1,500-m racewalk, clocking a time of 9:41.47. Kate Weaver placed fourth in girls U18 heptathlon.

Full article: http://www.nsnews.com/norwesters-sail-to-gold-at-youth-track-nationals-1.611590

Martinson to guide blind runner @VictoriaMarathn @PGCitizen

September 6, 2013

September 4, 2013 – By Sheri Lamb 

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN – He’s competed internationally as a middle-distance runner but now Geoff Martinson is tackling a new challenge.

The 27-year-old, who finished third in the men’s 1,500m race at the Canadian Olympic trials but didn’t meet the Canadian standard to compete at the 2012 Games in London, will run his first full marathon on Oct. 13 at the Good Life Fitness Victoria Marathon. But the 42 kilometres wasn’t enough of a challenge for Martinson so he agreed to guide a visually impaired elite runner from the United States attempting to earn a medal.

“That’s a long way to go for a guy who usually runs four-minute races,” said Martinson. “Going and running for almost three hours is a big difference, but it’s so neat to be able to help someone out. I’d like to think maybe I can help her medal out of the females in the overall and if we run well I’ll end up being top 10 for the guys.”

Martinson will guide Amy McDonaugh, a mother of three from Irmo, South Carolina and a veteran of many marathons, including the 2013 Boston Marathon. McDonaugh’s best marathon time is two hours, 49 minutes and 28 seconds (2:49.28), which she clocked in 2011 at the California International Marathon.

When he was first approached about attempting to run the marathon, Martinson declined, not interested in running a three-hour race, but when the elite coordinator for the Victoria marathon contacted him about a month ago with the proposal of acting as a guide, Martinson changed his tune.

So far the only contact between Martinson and McDonaugh has come via email, but they’ll get together to map out a race strategy when she arrives in Victoria prior to the race.

In Victoria, Martinson will run alongside McDonaugh and guide her around potholes and let her know when a turn is coming up or if other runners are ahead of her.

Martinson said he’s a bit nervous, knowing she’s an elite athlete looking to try and win, but he’s done several half marathons in the last year and his fitness is good.

McDonaugh likely won’t have to worry about out pacing Martinson, but she’ll be ready if something goes wrong. She runs alone at home in South Carolina and during the Boston Marathon the guide she was supposed to run the first 10 kilometres with bailed after four kilometres because she was too fast for him, according to a June 11 article by David Block on the Runner’s World website. McDonaugh had no problems running the final six kilometres alone until meeting up with her next guide. She finished the Boston Marathon in 2:52.05 and plans to return in 2014.

McDonaugh is totally blind in her right eye and has limited vision in her left eye. To understand how McDonaugh sees, place an empty paper towel roll up to your left eye and cover your right eye with your hand.

For the first 10 years of her life, McDonaugh had 20/20 vision and a normal life, but a trip to the dentist changed her future forever. According to Block’s article, the dentists found she had an abnormal tangle of blood vessels in her right cheek, which caused a lot of bleeding. Doctors gave her shots of alcohol and silicone in her cheek, but that made the situation worse, as the liquid travelled, tearing nerves in her tongue and and eyes. She underwent 18 surgeries in the next 18 months.

McDonaugh took up running nine years ago after the birth of her third child to help her cope with being overweight and depressed. She won several races in South Carolina and the publicity drew the attention of the United States Association of Blind Athletes, who invited her to compete with other top runners.

Full article: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/article/20130904/PRINCEGEORGE0201/309049982/-1/princegeorge02/martinson-to-guide-blind-runner

2013 BC Seniors Games Re-cap: #Kamloops – August 20-24, 2013

September 4, 2013

The 26th annual BC Seniors Games were hosted by Kamloops, from August 20-24.  The 2013 Games included 25 sports which were held in various venues around the city.  Track and field was held at Hillside Stadium on the campus of Thompson Rivers University.  The 10Km run and 10Km walk were held on MacArthur Island on the North Shore.  A strong contingent of 221 athletes over the age of 55 registered to compete in track and field.  The weather conditions were great with hot, sunny conditions for the first two days and then the weather cooled off for the last two days.  

The schedule was changed slightly from earlier years, with track events scheduled all day Wednesday and with no track events scheduled on Saturday morning.  More time was given for the throwing events and this allowed the throwing events to run much smoother than the year before.  A few athletes had conflicts with scheduling but mainly because the athlete entered numerous (jumping throwing and track) events.  Hurdles events, sprint and intermediate, were included for the first time.  The events in the men’s pentathlon were changed to include the 200m and discus, replacing the 100m and shot put.  With the changes, the mens’ pentathlon now conforms to WMA, CMA and BCA standards.  

Overall, the track and field meet was very successful.  The athletes commented about the “first-class” facilities and wished that their own communities could have something similar.  The Kamloops Track and Field Club, their organizers, officials and volunteers did an excellent job.  There were also about a dozen officials from BC Athletics who travelled to Kamloops to assist.

The athletes responded by setting many records; 61 BC Seniors Games, 24 BC Athletics, 10 Canadian and 3 World records.  All three world records were set by 76 year-old Christa Bortignon who competes in the 75-79 age category.  She set new world standards in the 100M (15.82), 400M (1:19.53) and 80M Hurdles (17.44).  The old world records were 15.91, 1:22.39 and 17.71.  Christa has now broken outdoor world records in 6 different events this year.

Ninety-year-old Harry Thompson broke 2 Canadian records in the M90 200M (51.88) and 800M (5:07.40).  This gives Harry five Canadian outdoor records this year.  Bakhshish Dhillon broke the M75 Canadian record in the Weight pentathlon (3455 points) and BC records in the Hammer (34.97m) and Weight (13.83m).  Cheryl Closkey broke the Canadian record in the W65 Weight (11.68m) and a BC record in the Weight pentathlon.  Victor Njume now holds Canadian javelin records in 3 different age groups after breaking the M70 Javelin record (44.30m).  Barry Adams ran an excellent 1500m on his way to breaking the M70 Canadian record in the Pentathlon (2919 points).  The team of Urith Hayley, Lori Graham, Elaine Whidden and Marie Johnson broke the Canadian W55 4x100M record (1:05.53).

BC records were broken by Kathy Brand in the W70 Hammer (25.80m) and Weight (9.76m), Margaret Rhebergen W55 Triple jump (8.51m), Betsy Rollins W60 Triple jump (7.85m), Daphne Sullivan W60 Sprint hurdles (17.14), Lynn Thompson M70 Sprint hurdles (18.98), Keith Taylor M80 High jump (1.15m), Joe Giegerich M80 Pole vault (1.82m), Karl Drahorad M85 Javelin (18.70m), Marg Radcliff W70 Weight pentathlon (3246 points) and Ken Townsend M65 Weight pentathlon (3146 points).

There are too many BC Seniors Games records to mention all of them.  However, Marek Glowacki, Harry Thompson and Christa Bortignon each set 5 new BC Seniors Games records.  

Olga Kotelko who turns 95 next year, won 11 gold medals.  Harnek Toor M65, also won 11 medals but only 4 of those were gold.

Next year the Games will be hosted by Langley from September 9-13.


Two records broken at Maude Hunter’s Pub BC 10000m Championships @VicRunSeries

September 3, 2013

Victoria, BC – Saturday, Augusts 31st Two age-group records were broken at The Q’s Victoria Run Series’ final track meet of the 2013 season. The event took place at the University of Victoria’s Centennial stadium.

Marilyn Arsenault of Victoria won the women’s 10000m event at the Maude Hunter’s Pub BC 10000m Championships by running to a Canadian age-group record time of 34:18.21. This is Arsenault’s second Canadian age-group record, as she bettered her time from the same event from 2012, where she ran 34:22. Arsenault was using the race as a fitness indicator towards her effort to compete in the Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon. Her goal will be to run under 2:40 and perhaps attain the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games standard.

Two-time Olympian, Bruce Deacon, also of Victoria took the BC 45-49 age-group record for the distance, finishing in 31:55.92. Deacon finished second to two-time Canadian Marathon champion Jim Finlayson. Finlayson crossed the line in 31:31.12. Third went to former University of Victoria Vike, Craig Odermatt who finished in 32:20.60.

The first three finishers – the gold, silver and bronze medallists – in the men’s race are all master-age athletes (over 40), while Marilyn Arsenault is also a master.

There were three races on the evening’s schedule including two 5000 metre events. The first 5000m race started at 6:30 PM and was won by two athletes who compete in the 60-69 age-category, Frank Towler and Martha McNeely won the men’s and women’s division. Towler ran 21:44.99 and McNeely finished in 26:54.70. 

In the second 5000m event of the night, Chris Galley won the men’s race in the time of 17:01.74, while Courtney Cameron won in 19:56.19.  Results are located at http://www.victoriarunseries.com.

The Q’s Victoria Run Series includes five track meets, plus two road races for the 2013 season. The final race on the schedule is the Synergy Shuffle, happening Sunday, September 15th at 11:00 AM. The Synergy Shuffle includes three distances to compete in, 10, 20 or 30kms. The races start on Lochside Trail at Island View Road, next to Michell’s Farm Market.

The final event of the 2013 season is the season wrap-up silent auction and awards party that takes place at the Sticky Wicket’s Maple Room in the Strathcona Hotel.

Proceeds from the series go to the Mustard Seed Food Bank. 


Contact: Christopher Kelsall, Series Director

The Q’s Victoria Run Series




KSS’s Riva on track for good things @ParksvilleNews #Interview #jcg2013

August 29, 2013



Oceanside’s Thomas Riva, above on the podium in Quebec at the Canada Summer Games after receiving his gold medal for finishing first in the 1,500m event, also mined silver in the 800m (Submitted photo by François Nadeau)

August 29, 2013 – By James Clarke 

PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH NEWS – Further to our story last week on Qualicum Beach standout Thomas Riva, who made history in these parts recently when he garnered gold and silver medals at the Canada Summer Games, The NEWS caught up with the dedicated athlete to get his take on raising the bar.

Played Aug. 2-17 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, the national showcase, held every four years, featured over 1,200 athletes competing in 17 sports.

“It was great — the city of Sherbrooke did a fantastic job hosting it, and it was kinda cool to be around so many different types of athletes,” Riva, 21, recounted from Victoria when we finally caught up with him.

“Oh yeah — I definitely wanted to medal,” he answered quickly when asked if he had any expectations heading into the games, adding “I thought the 800m was my better event, but I thought I definitely had a good shot in the 1,500 final as well.”

As it turned out it was the 1,500m event in which he won gold (with a personal best time of 3.45:87), and his silver came in the 800m (1:48.91), an event in which he is currently ranked fourth in Canada.

The 1,500m race was decided on the home stretch when he pulled away in the last 100 meters, knocking a full four seconds off his previous best time.

“It was close but I just kicked it into high gear. It was pretty sweet,” he chuckled.

Riva, a Kwalikum Secondary grad and the younger of two siblings, honed his skills with Oceanside Track & Field for about eight years.

“I pretty much grew up with the sport,” he said.

The Canada Summer Games capped off a season — his third with UVic — that started indoors back in January. Riva is part of a UVic Thunderbirds track and field team of around 18 young men and women.

“It was a really good stepping stone for competing in multi-sport games and for representing Canada,” he said.

Riva, an engineering major, will now get a few weeks off to recharge the batteries before starting cross country in September.

Contacted via email (from Europe), UVic cross country/track head coach Brent Fougner had great things to say about his Oceanside standout.

“Thomas has a great work ethic and his determination to excel combined with natural talents make him a pleasure to coach,” said Fougner, who was a track coach for Team Canada at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and is an eight-time CIS Coach of the Year heading into his 25th season leading UVic’s middle distance program.

He added, “Thomas came to UVic from a very successful youth program in the Parksville Qualicum area where knowledgable coaches guided him, developing his speed and running technique. Thomas’s unassuming and humbling nature is necessary in a successful runner where hours of running each week, most of the time alone, is not a sport for the prima donnas.

“His recent success this past year has come from his ability to gain self confidence in his races, allowing his competitiveness to take over,” said Fougner, who added, “Thomas has all the tools to go a long way in the sport.”


Two other OTFC graduates have competed at the Canada Summer Games:

Olympic high jumper Mike Mason from Nanoose Bay is the only other OTFCer to medal — gold in 2005 in Regina.

Parksville’s Alycia Butterworth, currently attending the University of Idaho on a track and cross country scholarship, competed in the 2009 games in Charlottetown, placing fifth in steeplechase.

Full article: http://www.pqbnews.com/sports/221660051.html

Tight race for Peninsula runner @WhiteRockNews

August 29, 2013

August, 28, 2013 – By Sarah Massah

PEACE ARCH NEWS – Ocean Athletics club member and South Surrey resident Deon Clifford was half a second away from nabbing a medal at the Pan-American Junior Championships held in Medellin, Colombia last weekend.

The 18-year-old clocked a time of 9:25:87 in the men’s final 3000-m steeplechase Saturday, just .30 seconds behind Colombia’s Nelson Andres Blanco, who came in third.

According to Jim Clifford, Deon’s father and a coach at Ocean Athletics, the Peninsula runner followed a conservative race strategy because of the high altitude of the venue, going out near the back of the pack for the first few laps and slowly working his way through the runners.

With 500 metres to go, Clifford was in third place, picking up the pace as he neared home.

Despite the final push, Clifford was unable to match the speed of gold medal winner Yuber Echeverry (9:16:37) and Canadian Antoine Thibeault (9:17:09) who took home silver.

In the final lap, Clifford ended up in a close race with Blanco, who took home bronze with a time of 9:25:57.

According to Jim, Clifford was pleased with his effort, but could not find the energy on the last lap when he felt the effects of the thin air.

“He just felt the altitude effect, felt pretty weak and struggled over the last lap and the other Colombian caught up to him,” Jim said. “It was pretty exciting, pretty darn close.”

Clifford will now prepare for the Canadian Cross-Country Championships slated for Nov. 30 in Vancouver.

Full article: http://www.peacearchnews.com/sports/221523501.html

Another Diamond League Medal for Armstrong @KamThisWeek #DiamondLeague

August 29, 2013

August 28, 2013

KAMLOOPS FREE PRESS – Dylan Armstrong claimed bronze in shot put at a Diamond League event in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

The Kamloops product threw 21.13 metres.

Ryan Whiting of the U.S. won with a 22.03-metre toss and David Storl of Germany was second, throwing 21.19 metres.

The meet was the second last on the Diamond League circuit, a series of events sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Armstrong will compete in the last event of the series in Brussels on Sept. 6.

After the season is over, Armstrong said he will, “take a little time off and catch up with the business side of things, then get back to the grind.”

Article: http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/sports/221528911.html

Seniors golden at games #BCSeniorsGames @pgfreepress #PrinceGeorge

August 29, 2013

August 29, 2013

PRINCE GEORGE FREE PRESS – Prince George Track and Field Club (PGTFC) members did most of the local gold mining at the BC Seniors Games, held last week in Kamloops.

Prince George athletes picked up 30 golds over the five days, with 20 of them coming in track and field. The Zone 9 North Central team, which includes Prince George, won 124 medals in total, including 52 gold, 43 silver and 29 bronze.

The North Central zone placed seventh in team standings, with Fraser Valley leading the way.

Tom Ukonmaanaho led the way for Prince George, winning six medals in track and field, including four gold. He topped the charts in the men 65-year-old 100 metres, 100 metre hurdles, high jump and pole vault.

Two other PGTFC members won three golds each. Suzanne Sharp won the women 55-59 800m, 10k road race and 5k power walk, while Keith Taylor won the men 80-84 10k road walk, 5k power walk and high jump. Arna Kristian doubled up in the women 75-79 division, winning the hammer throw and pentathlon, with David McGraw also winning a pair of golds in the men 70-74 100m and 200m.

Club president Brian Martinson took the spot in the men 55-59 800 and 1500.

Other gold medals were claimed by Cris MacDonald (women 70-74 triple jump), Ewing McLaren (men 85-89 pentathlon), Linda Meise (women 60-64 high jump), and Dick Voneugen (men 80-84 2k optional power walk).

Full article: http://www.pgfreepress.com/sports/221555651.html

‘I just wanted a medal’ @LangleyTimes @Geeorrgiaa

August 28, 2013


Langley’s Georgia Ellenwood clears the high jump bar during the Pan American junior track and field championships in Colombia on Aug. 24 and 25. Ellenwood won the bronze medal in the heptathlon (photo Liga De Atletismo De-Antioquia)

By Gary Ahuja – August 27, 2013

LANGLEY TIMES – For Georgia Ellenwood, it was all about the medal.

“I remember thinking I didn’t even care about a PB (personal best), I just wanted a medal,” she said.

And it was mission accomplished for the 18-year-old as Ellenwood captured the bronze medal in the heptathlon over the weekend at the Pan-American junior championships in Medellin, Colombia.

The championships are for track and field athletes ages 19 and under.

She did manage a personal best, scoring 5,493 points, which was 32 points better than her previous best.

Her latest score also ranks her 10th in the world junior rankings and third on the all-time Canadian junior list.

The gold and silver went to Cuba’s Yusleidys Mendieta Valasquez and the United States’ Kendell Williams, who scored 5,627 points and 5,572 points, respectively.

“It was kind of surreal,” Ellenwood said.

“I was standing on the podium, thinking this is the first time I have been up here (at an international event) in front of all these people.

“And looking at the athletes next to me, I was thinking these girls are what I used to look up to and now I am standing right next to them.

“That was a really cool experience.”

This was Ellenwood’s third time representing Canada.

In 2011, she attended the world youth championships in Lille, France and then last year she was at the world junior championships in Barcelona, Spain.

“Both times I didn’t even come top 10, so this was a big move,” she said.

Ellenwood was ranked third or fourth heading into the competition.

“I knew I could medal (but) everyone is just so tight in the heptathlon, it could go any way,” she said.

“I just knew I had to keep consistent and keep on medal pace and on PB pace.”

Heading into the final event of the seven-event heptathlon, Ellenwood was sitting third.

She had finished second in the long jump (5.81m) and third in the javelin (35.61m). She also tied for third in both the 100m (14.43) and the high jump (1.74m). And she was sixth in both the shot put (10.44m) and the 200m (24.87).

All that remained was the 800m, but the competitor who was directly behind Ellenwood, Argentina’s Fiorela Chiappe, is a strong 800m runner. Ellenwood knew that if she could just keep within three seconds of her counterpart, the bronze medal was hers.

“I just stuck to her the whole race,” she explained. “By the last 50m, she started pulling ahead … I just had to stay with her as much as I could.

“At the end, I knew that I had.”

Chiappe was first to cross the finish line among the eight competitors, but Ellenwood was just over a second behind.

Ellenwood said she was at first tired immediately following the race, but that soon subsided and was replaced with relief, and finally excitement to stand on the podium.

“This probably  ranks as my highest accomplishment yet,” she said. “This is my first international (event) I have placed that highly in. My next goal will probably be next year’s world junior championships.”

She is no stranger to winning medals, both at the provincial level and national level.

This past June, she set a new record in becoming the first athlete to capture four consecutive B.C. high school track and field provincial heptathlon titles. For her high school career at Langley Secondary, Ellenwood won 10 gold and three silver.

The long-time member of the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club also earned herself a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin, where she will compete for the Badgers at the NCAA Division 1 level.

When Ellenwood spoke to The Times on Tuesday morning, she was tired from a busy travel schedule. She had gone from Langley to Toronto and then to Colombia and back again and was now busy packing for her impending move to Madison, Wisc. for her freshman year of university.

Ellenwood was scheduled to leave yesterday (Wednesday) morning.


George and Yee represent Canada at Pan American Junior Champs

Two members of the Trinity Western Spartans track and field team were also at the Pan American junior championships as part of Team Canada.

And second-year Spartan sprinter Nathan George of Coquitlam helped the Canadian 4×400 relay team take bronze. George ran the opening leg.

Meanwhile, incoming Trinity Western athlete Regan Yee of South Hazelton, B.C. finished seventh tin the 3000m steeplechase in Colombia.

Full article: http://www.langleytimes.com/sports/221403381.html

George helps Canada to Bronze at Pan American Juniors @TWUSpartans

August 28, 2013

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Second-year Trinity Western sprinter Nathan George (Coquitlam, B.C.) will be coming home from the 2013 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships with a little heavier luggage as he returns from Medellin, Colombia with a bronze medal after helping Canada to a third place finish in the 4x400m relay this past weekend.

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George ran the opening leg for a Canadian quartet that crossed the finish line in 3:07.61 to capture one of Canada’s 19 medals at the event. The USA earned gold in 3:06.57 and Brazil came in second in 3:06.94.

Individually, George, after qualifying for the 400m final with a time of 48.23 in the semifinal, finished seventh overall in the final with a time of 48.26. Canadian Brandon McBride, who anchored the 4x400m relay team, earned gold with a time of 45.89.

Meanwhile, incoming Spartan Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.), who won the 2000m steeplechase at the Canadian junior championships in July, finished seventh in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 11:13.61. Her time had her just one tenth of a second behind the fifth place finisher and just over a second behind the fourth place finisher. The winner finished in 10:28.94.

The Spartans cross country teams open their season Aug. 31 when they compete in the Lake Padden Relays in Bellingham, Wash.

The track and field teams open their season Jan. 12 at the University of Washington Preview.



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Summer Games takes athletes to next level #jcg2013 #2013athletics

August 27, 2013

By Don Bodger, August 27, 2013

COWICHAN NEWS LEADER PICTORIAL – Canada Summer Games competition in Sherbrooke, Quebec proved productive for four athletes from the valley.

Agnes Esser, the valley’s No. 3 Youth Athlete of the Year for 2012 and Frances Kelsey Secondary grad in June, made a strong showing in female throwing events.

Esser won a gold medal for the discus with a toss of 46.16 metres that was way ahead of the 44.62 mark recorded by runner-up Kelly Kirstin Gribbons of Ontario.

Esser had a personal best in the event of 49.75 during the season.

She also just missed a medal in the shot put, placing fourth at 13.71.

Jamie Ashcroft, a Kelsey grad in 2012, finished 11th overall in the women’s 100 metre sprint with a time of 12.75.

Ashcroft has posted a personal best in the event of 12.09, which is just back of the winner’s 12.02 clocking.

Para female track events resulted in bronze medals in the shot put and discus for Jessye Brockway.

Full article: http://www.cowichannewsleader.com/sports/221237851.html

Riva takes the 1,500m event #jcg2013 #athletics2013

August 26, 2013


Oceanside’s Thomas Riva in action at the Canada Summer Games in Quebec at the Canada Summer Games after receiving his gold medal for finishing first in the 1,500m event and silver in the 800m (François Nadeau photo)

By James Clarke – August 22, 2013

PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH NEWS – Oceanside standout Thomas Riva is back from the Canada Summer Games where he capped off his season by taking gold in the 1,500m event and silver in the 800m.

Simply put, “Thomas had an outstanding meet,” confirmed Oceanside Track and Field coach Kim Longmuir.

Played out Aug. 2-17, the 2013 Canada Summer Games were held in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where more than 1,200 of our country’s best competed in 17 sports.

Riva wasn’t available for comment, but the Kwalikum Secondary School grad was in great form at the Games where he was competing in Athletics, and was a force in the 1,500m when he lopped three seconds off his personal best time for the win at 3.45:87.

In the 800m final last Friday he finished second in a time of 1:48.91. He’s currently ranked fourth in Canada in the 800m.

In both events he qualified for the finals out of a field of 22.

Thomas, 21, is heading into his fourth year at UVic where he’s majoring in engineering.

Full article: http://www.pqbnews.com/sports/220687701.html