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

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