Sprinter wins gold at Legion track and field nationals #LegionNationals @BurnabyNOW_News

August 16, 2013

By Tom Berridge – August 14, 2013

BURNABY NOW NEWS – Burnaby sprinter Zion Corrales-Nelson took home three gold medals from the 2013 Legion Canadian youth track and field championships in Langley last weekend.

The junior St. Thomas More student won both the under-16 girls’ 100 and 200 metre sprints, while also anchoring Team B.C.’s 4x100m relay team to gold in the open event at McLeod Park in Langley.

Corrales-Nelson was favoured in the 100m dash and won in a time of 12.12 seconds, over runner-up Gracia Muamba of Alberta.

The Burnaby Strider club runner added the 200m gold to her mantel with a race-winning time of 24.53 over silver medallist Kyra Constantine of Ontario.

In the relay, New Westminster’s Nina Schultz shared the gold with Corrales-Nelson as B.C. won easily, breaking the tape at 47.69, nearly three seconds ahead of second-place Alberta.

In the under-18 division, New Westminster’s Mihailo Stefanovic won both hurdle events, placing first in the 110 and 300m races.

In the hurdle sprint, Stefanovic clocked a winning time of 14.49, while schoolmate and New West Spartans club runner, Bogdan Pavel, placed third two-tenths of a second behind.

In the 300m, Stefanovic beat Matthew Bedard of Ottawa by more than twotenths of a second, clocking a gold-medal time of 38.31 in the race.

Stefanovic also teamed with Ethan Strome of New Westminster for a fifthplace finish in the 4x400m relay.

Stefanovic and Strome also competed for B.C. in the 4x100m relay, but the team did not finish in the open final.

Burnaby’s Ahmad Nizamani helped the Vancouver Thunderbirds club to a fifth place in the u-18 boys’ 4x100m club relay event.

File Photo, Burnaby Now / Track star: Zion Corrales-Nelson of Burnaby, seen here at the B.C. high school championships, won three gold medals at the Legion national meet in Langley last weekend.

Full article: http://www.burnabynow.com/sports/sprinter-wins-gold-at-legion-track-and-field-nationals-1.586883

Savage leaps to gold medal at Legion Championships #LegionNationals

August 15, 2013

By Gary Ahuja – August 14, 2013

LANGLEY TIMES – It wasn’t an easy task to get to the Legion Canadian track and field championships, but Alexander Savage ended up right where he wanted: atop the podium with a gold medal draped around his neck.

The 15-year-old from Langley leaped a personal best 6.66m — bettering his previous mark by 35cm — to take gold in the midget (16 and under) long jump at McLeod Park over the weekend.

Not bad for an athlete who had to be convinced by his father, Mike, to pay the entry fee and give it a shot at the Legion championships.

“He told me I had put so much time into it, I should go do,” Savage recalled.

Savage’s hesitance to enter stemmed from the fact he had gone to Kamloops last month with the intention of earning his way onto the Team B.C. roster — which would have waived his entry fee for the Legion championships.

To earn a spot, Savage needed to finish top-two in his event, and he thought he had with a leap of 6.00m.

But when the roster was later announced, the teen found out his best jump had been deemed illegal and voided.

Savage said he was shocked at what had transpired but finally agreed to pay the entry fee and compete on his own. He trains with the South Fraser Track and Field Club and coach Robert Esmie although it was just Savage and his father working on his long jump out at McLeod.

He also credited Flip City Gymnastics owner Rusty Pearce, who helped him working on his jumping technique and getting used to rotating his arms while he was in the air and keeping his balance.

And it all came together on Sunday, the final day of the Legion championships.

Jumping with what he called “a little chip on my shoulder”, Savage won the gold with a leap of 6.66m. The silver medal went to Team Quebec’s Ivan Nyemeck (6.57m) while Team Manitoba/Northwest Ontario’s Thomas Walser (5.99m) won bronze.

“I performed well; I was happy (with my jump),” Savage said. “It felt great.”

Savage is a newcomer to the sport, only taking up track and field seriously, this past May.

He also plays basketball with the Walnut Grove Gators junior boys’ team.

Entering Grade 10 next month at Walnut Grove, Savage plans to pursue both sports to see where they will take him.

Article: http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/219673871.html

Kamloops athletes perform well at Legion Youth National Track and Field Championships #LegionNationals

August 14, 2013

KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK – August 13, 2013

Four Kamloops Track and Field Club athletes had notable performances at the Legion Youth National Track and Field Championships, which wrapped up in Langley on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Kendall Fitzgerald won silver in the midget girls’ 1,500m steeplechase and placed third in the 2,000m race.

Fitzgerald has the fastest midget girls’ 2,000m time this year in B.C.

Braden Derker won silver in pole vault and Alex Smith placed fifth. Both athletes are coached by Ryan Jensen.

Bryce Turner placed seventh in the midget boys’ 1,500m steeplechase and 12th in the 2,000m race.

Turner and Fitzgerald are coached by Bruno Mazzotta.

Article: http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/sports/219438231.html

Canada Summer Games update – 5 BRONZE medals for BC Team Athletics #jcg2013 #2013athletics

August 14, 2013

August 14, 2013

Today marks the half-way point in the Athletics competition at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. Moving in to the final 2 days of competition (Thurs and Fri),  Team BC Athletics has already captured 5 BRONZE medals! Congratulations to everyone thus far and continued luck for the duration of the competition.

Team BC Athletics Medals:

BRONZE               Justin Kent, 3000m Steeplechase Male

BRONZE               Regan Leanne Yee, 2000m Steeplechase Female

BRONZE               Rostam Turner, Decathlon Male

BRONZE               Jessye Marika Brockway, Para Discus Female

BRONZE               Jessye Marika Brockway, Para Shot Put Female

More Team BC athletes in action during the first two days of competition:

Serena Mercedes Graf, Shot Put Female – 9th

Andrew Davis, Shot Put Para Male – 4th

Colin Edward Morrow, Shot Put Para Male – 6th

Patrick William John Psotka, 3000m Steeplechase Male – 4th

Fiona Benson, 2000m Steeplechase Female – 7th

Visit the Canada Games website to see the full schedule for Thursday and Friday!


Voth leads TWU Spartans at Coquitlam Cheetahs meet

June 13, 2013

Last weekend’s meet served as trials for the 2013 Canada Summer Games 

LANGLEY ADVANCE – JUNE 13, 2013 – Trinity Western University track athlete Chris Voth had the race of his life in the 5000m to lead the Spartans at the Coquitlam Cheetahs Annual Jesse Bent Memorial Meet.

The Abbotsford native finished first with a time of 14: 46.10 at Coquitlam’s Percy Perry Stadium on Sunday.

Voth led a Spartans contingent that was competing in its third meet in the Lower Mainland in just over a week as part of an effort to push for an outdoor aspect to the Canada West and CIS competition schedule.

The University of Alberta and the University of Victoria also competed in this week’s three-event series.

This past weekend’s meet was also the Canada Games trials for Team B.C.

It’s expected the team will officially be announced sometime this week.

While there were plenty of quality performances from current Spartans, it was future Spartan Regan Yee who made waves by winning the 2000m steeplechase, and beating the Spartans’ Fiona Benson with a time of 7: 00.20.

Benson finished second in 7: 01.91.

Also of note was the performance of Canadian Paralympian Dustin Walsh, who broke the T11 Canadian 400m record with a time of 53 seconds.

Walsh, who was also the previous record-holder, bettered his old mark of 53.05.

Spartans track athlete and Langley resident Dylan Williamson is Walsh’s guide runner.

Read more:http://www.langleyadvance.com/Voth+leads+Spartans+Coquitlam+Cheetahs+meet/8519103/story.html#ixzz2W73ufD9i

CSI Victoria: Sport Performance Speaker Series – June 12 at 530 pm

June 7, 2013



The Sport Performance Speaker Series in Victoria returns on June 12 with a presentation by Dr Trent Stellingwerff –

Recovery Strategies for Peak Performance:  Nurition / Compression / Sleep

Register today for FREE – http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6825793131#

Helen Crofts named GNAC Female Co-Athlete of the Year

June 6, 2013

Portland, OR – Simon Fraser University track athlete Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Female Co-Athlete of the Year along with Seattle Pacific’s Ali Worthen.

The award is voted on by the conference’s 10 athletic directors, who rank their top three choices for the award. Crofts and Worthen each received 18 ballot points in the voting process.

Crofts won two national titles and earned four All-American awards in the 2013 NCAA indoor and outdoor national championships.

At the indoor meet in March in Birmingham, AL, she won the 800-metre in a meet-record time of 2:05.96 and also led SFU to a third-place finish in the distance medley relay (11:37.62) and an eighth-place finish in the 4×400 relay (3:47.14).

She completed a sweep of the 800-metre titles at the outdoor meet in May at Pueblo, CO, finishing first in a time of 2:08.18.

A week prior to the outdoor national meet, she finished ninth in the USA Track & Field High Performance Distance Classic at Occidental.  Her time of 2:02.10 was not only a GNAC record but also was the third fastest time by a collegiate athlete this spring at all levels.

Read the full article here: http://athletics.sfu.ca/news/2013/6/6/WTRACK_0606133015.aspx?path=general