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

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

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

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

Law a track champ at BC Senior Games #BCSeniorsGames @TheProgress #Chilliwack

August 29, 2013

August 28, 2013

CHILLIWACK PROGRESS – Chilliwack athletes produced 33 individual and 21 team medals at the 2013 BC Senior Games, held August 20-24 in Kamloops.

Silvia Law was a big winner, reeling in five medals in track and field.

Competing in the women’s 80-84 division, she won gold in the weight throw, silver in discus and bronze in shot-put, pentathlon, javelin and hammer throw. Fellow track athlete Jim McIsaac (men’s 55-59) won silver in discus and shot-put.

Full article: http://www.theprogress.com/sports/221543881.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

‘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.

Click here for complete results.

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.



Mark Janzen

Assistant Sports Information Director, Trinity Western University


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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

Armstrong thrilled with historic medal #moscow2013 @KamThisWeek

August 21, 2013

By Marty Hastings, August 20, 2013

Kamloops This Week – Dylan Armstrong took time to reflect on his bronze-medal win in shot put at the World Track and Field Championships in Moscow before making his way across Europe.

“I celebrated with a few friends from various countries,” Armstrong told KTW from Slovakia on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

“I feel great. I am extremely happy I got a medal for Canada. It was great to add another one from worlds [silver in 2011] and I feel I made the right choices this year and listened to every detail my coach laid out for me.”

His coach, as many Kamloopsians know by now, is Anatoliy Bondarchuk, an intriguing 73-year-old fellow from the Ukraine who coaches in the Tournament Capital at the National Throws Centre.

Armstrong threw a season-best 21.34 metres to capture bronze at Luzhniki Stadium on Friday, Aug. 16.

The medal was one of five earned by Canadians in Moscow — making it the most successful showing in the country’s history at the world championships.

Armstrong said there are about eight European competitions left to attend on this year’s schedule, including two International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League events, the next one scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29, in Zurich, Switzerland.

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

The Kamloops Blazers are interested in honouring Armstrong’s accomplishments at a game this season.

With the International Olympic Committee expected to award Armstrong with retroactive bronze from the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, the WHL club will likely wait until that happens to hold a ceremony.

The last Diamond League event of the 2013 season will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on Sept. 6.

Full article: http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/sports/220377131.html

Esser claims discus gold at Canada Games #jcg2013 #athletics2013

August 21, 2013

August 21, 2013

By Kevin Rothbauer, The Citizen

Recent Frances Kelsey Secondary School graduate Agnes Esser topped the discus field at the Canada Summer Games, which wrapped up last Saturday, as she led a strong Cowichan contingent with Team BC in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Esser, who won gold and silver in the high school track and field championships in 2012 and 2013, respectively, won national gold at the Canada Games with a throw of 46.14 m, 1.54 m ahead of the silver medallist. She finished just outside the medals in shot put, placing fourth in Canada.

Mill Bay’s Jessye Brockway came home with a pair of bronze medals, placing third in para female shot put last Monday, then duplicating that result in discus the following day.

Also from the Cowichan Valley, Jamie Ashcroft finished fourth in her 100m heat and advanced to the B final, where she ended up third, placing 11th out of 23 runners in the field. Ashcroft was also part of the 4x100m relay team that placed second in its heat and fourth in the final, just missing a medal.

Cobble Hill’s Maya Munzar represented B.C. in triathlon, placing 14th in the individual event and fifth in the women’s relay.

Like Esser, Brockway, Ashcroft and Munzar are also Kelsey graduates.

Full article: http://www.canada.com/Esser+claims+discus+gold+Canada+Games/8813346/story.html

Canada Summer Games Recap – Results from Friday, August 16th #jcg2013

August 20, 2013

Friday August 16th marked the final day of competition at the Canada Summer Games. Team BC pulled out some great performances including a silver medal in both the 4x400m Relay for the Men’s and Women’s teams. 

Congratulations to all the athletes, coaches and support staff who traveled for the 2013 Canada Summer Games! 

Friday August 16 Medals: 

SILVER                  Thomas Riva, 800m Male

SILVER                  Emma Kimoto, High Jump Female

SILVER                  Tiffany Matteazzi, Javelin Female

SILVER                  4×400 Relay Male

(Hodson Harding, Ben Ayesu-Attah, Adam Paul-Morris, Brendon Restall)

SILVER                  4×400 Relay Female

(Sarah Ann Sawatsky, Devan Wiebe, Raquel Tjernagel, Casey Atkin)

BRONZE               Rob Gallaugher, Long Jump Male


August 16th Results Round-up:

Chad Roman Payne, 200m Male – 6th

Keefer Joyce, 200m Male – 7th

Whitney Krista Rowe, 200m Female – 7th

Esinam Abena Ayesu-Attah, 200m Female – 10th

Matthew Williams, 200m Special Olympics Male – 11th

Jake Hooper, 200m Special Olympics Male – 18th

Laura Strauss, 200m Special Olympics Female – 5th

April Armstrong, 200m Special Olympics Female – 10th

Adam Paul-Morris, 800m Male – 5th

Devan Wiebe, 800m Female – 6th

Kendra Pomfret, 800m Female – 15th

Chris Nicholas Voth, 5000m Male – 4th

Ben Weir, 5000m Male – 5th

Fiona Benson, 5000m Female – 12th

Kathryn van Ryswyk, 100mHurdles Female – 4th

Aisha Klippenstein, 100mHurdles Female – 7th

Eddy Solla, 200m wheelchair Para Male – 7th

Djami Diallo, 200m wheelchair Para Female – 4th

Ahmad Nizamani, Long Jump Male – 7th

Aleisha Cobb, Long Jump Female – 5th

Carolyn Sutherland, Long Jump Female – 7th          

Riley Albert Leonard van Ryswyk, Pole Vault Male – 4th

Andrew Davis, Discus Para Male – 5th

Colin Edward Morrow, Discus Para Male – 6th

Olivia Gabrielle Merritt, Javelin Female – 8th

Danielle Delage, Heptathlon – 4th

Zarria Storm McKearney, Heptathlon – 6th   


Dylan Armstrong wins world championships bronze @AthleticsCanada #moscow2013

August 16, 2013


Moscow – Another day and another medal for Canada at the 2013 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championship in Moscow, Russia. Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., won bronze in the shot put with a seasonal best of 21.34-metres. Armstrong’s medal is Canada’s fourth in Moscow, tying Canada’s best all-time performance at the IAAF World Championships. 

Other Canadian day seven highlights included Nate Brannen of Cambridge, Ont., qualifying for the 1500-metres final and Angela Whyte of Edmonton, Alta., and Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., advancing to the semi-finals of the 100-metre hurdles. 

Going into the fifth round of throws in the shot put final Armstrong sat in fourth place with a seasonal best of 21.10-metres achieved in the second round. His fifth throw, another seasonal best, this time measuring 21.34-metres propelled him into the bronze medal position. “I just feel amazing, my coach and I worked really hard, I made some really good choices this year. He’s been a huge part of my career and success and I can’t thank him enough. Without him none of this would be possible, and without all of my supporters in Kamloops. I worked really hard for this, I’m really happy.”

Dylan on his medal tying Canada’s best ever showing at the World Championships, “It’s another medal for Canada, it shows that when you have the right coaches in place, the right support and the funding behind it that it’s going to payoff. You have to invest in sport, results don’t come for free.” This is Dylan’s third World Championship medal after winning indoor bronze in 2010 and outdoor silver in 2011.

Nate Brannen placed seventh in a seasonal best of 3:36.59 in the second semi-final of the 1500-metres to advance to Sunday’s final. “I felt really good until like the last 50-metres. With 400-metres to go I thought I could blast in but I got stuck out between lanes two and three. Going down the homestretch I knew I was top seven so I just cruised it in. Hopefully I saved enough for the final.”

Angela Whyte and Jessica Zelinka both qualified for tomorrow’s semi-finals in the 100-metre hurdles. Whyte won heat one in a time of 12.93 seconds to auto-qualify, “Super relieved that it’s over. I couldn’t sleep last night. I always take this round by round, got through to the next one so I’m happy. It’s going to be really tough in the semis; I will do the best I can. I don’t care about the time in the semis, just want to place well and get through to the final.”

Zelinka also auto-qualified by placing fourth in heat three in 13.15 seconds, “It’s been awhile since I raced, I felt like I was in slow motion, just jogging through. It was good to get that in and get it out of the way. Going to put it all out there tomorrow. I’ve been training on my own a lot this year; it’s like I forgot what it was like to race. I’m glad it’s out of the way.”

The women’s 4×400-metres finished fifth in heat 3 in a seasonal best of 3:31.09, they did not qualify for the final. Leadoff Alicia Brown of Ottawa, Ont. “Much happier with my performance today then my individual 400-metres.” Brown handed the baton to Sarah Wells of Unionville, Ont. “The four of us have never run together, we wanted to go out there, do our best and show that Canada belongs. We ran a seasonal best, we’re proud of that, but there’s definitely room to improve.” Wells handed off to Noelle Montcalm of Windsor, Ont. “I felt pretty good, didn’t want to go out too hard. Running the 400-metre hurdles is definitely a different rhythm than this. I wanted to maintain my position or gain on the girls ahead of me.” Montcalm handed the baton to anchor Jenna Martin of Bridgewater, N.S. “I got a little excited and tried to catch the girls in front of me right away. I tried my best, that’s all I can ask for and it was fun running with these ladies.”

Tremaine Harris of Markham, Ont., placed fifth in heat two of the first round of the men’s 200-metres in a time of 20.68 seconds. “The plan was to run as hard as I can to make the semi-final. I competed to the best of my ability, hopefully I can get into the semi-final on time and prove that I can run a lot faster then that.” Harris did not qualify on time. “It sucks to run the way I did after training so hard the whole year.”

Krista Woodward of Vancouver, B.C., finished eight in Group A of the women’s javelin qualifying with a best toss of 58.86-metres. She did not qualify for the final. “I felt pretty good, hit my first throw well. I knew though that it wouldn’t be enough to get me into the final, I had to really go for it on the next two throws and kind of overthrew them. I needed 60-metres and I didn’t get it.”



Canada Summer Games Results from Thursday’s competition #jcg2013 #2013athletics

August 16, 2013

Today marks the last day of Athletics competition at the Canada Summer Games. Follow the competition, visit the: CANADA GAMES WEBSITE 

Looking back at Thursday August 15, some highlights from yesterday’s finals include Team BC’s 1-2 in the men’s 1500m race, with Thomas Riva and Luc Bruchet earning the gold and silver respectively.

The throws competitors took to the field earning 2 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. Agnes Esser won gold in the women’s discus competition, Adam Keenan won gold in the men’s hammer, and Sam Kennedy finished with silver in the women’s hammer just ahead of BC Teammate Lauren Stuart who earned the bronze.

Wheelchair Para athlete Tristan Smyth finished yesterday with a gold medal in the men’s 1500m wheelchair Para race and a silver medal in the men’s 400m wheelchair Para race.

Thursday August 15 Athletics Medals:

GOLD             Thomas Riva, 1500m Male

GOLD             Tristan Smyth, 1500m wheelchair Para Male

GOLD             Django Lovett, High Jump Male

GOLD             Agnes Esser, Discus Female

GOLD             Adam Keenan, Hammer Male

SILVER           Ben Ayesu-Attah, 400m Male

SILVER           Luc Bruchet, 1500m Male

SILVER           Tristan Smyth, 400m wheelchair Para Male

SILVER           Sam Kennedy, Hammer Female

BRONZE        Lauren Stuart, Hammer Female

Thursday August 15 Results Round-up:

Keefer Joyce, 100m Male – 4th

Whitney Krista Rowe, 100m Female – 8th

Jamie Jean Ashcroft, 100m Female – 11th

Jake Hooper, 100m Special Olympics Male – 7th

Matthew Williams, 100m Special Olympics Male – 12th

Laura Strauss, 100m Special Olympics Female – 6th

April Armstrong, 100m Special Olympics Female – 9th

Brendan Restall, 400m Male – 6

Raquel Natasha Sophia Tjernagel, 400m Female – 6th

Casey Atkin, 400m Female – 7th

Lindsey Michelle Butterworth, 1500m Female – 7th

Kendra Pomfret, 1500m Female – 13th

Seb Adugalski, 400m Hurdles Male – 10th

Meghan Palesch, 400m Hurdles Female – 4th

Sarah Ann Sawatzky, 400m Hurdles Female – 8th

Djami Diallo, 400m wheelchair Para Female – 4th

Eddy Solla, 1500m wheelchair Para Male – 7th

Djami Diallo, 1500m wheelchair Para Female – 4th

Team BC, 4x100m Male – 8th

Team BC, 4x100m Female – 4th

Vlad Moldavanov, Triple Jump Male – 8th

Julia Hawkins, Triple Jump Female – 11th

Kathryn van Ryswyk, Pole Vault Female – 4th

Tyler Geoffrey Kostiuk, Javelin Male – 6th

Mason James Kereszti, Javelin Male – 7th


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