Vikes headline track line up for Canada Summer Games @islandsports1 #jcg2013

August 13, 2013

By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

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August 10, 2013, VICTORIA, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track program will be well represented at this year’s Canada Summer Games, hosted Aug. 2-17 in Sherbrooke, Que. Preliminary qualifications will begin on Monday, Aug. 12, while the final events will wrap up on Aug. 16.

Nine current Vikes will be competing for their respective provinces, while incoming recruit Ben Weir will also be in attendance.

Headlining the group is 21-year-old Adam Gaudes, who enters his second Canada Summer Games and is top-ranked for the men’s 800-m event. Gaudes’ personal best in the 800-m is 1:48.76 and will be representing New Brunswick.

For the women, Alberta standout Rachel Francois will compete in both the 800-m and the 4×400-m relay and has also previously competed in the 2009 Canada Games and the 2012 Western Canada Games. Francois is the two-time defending champion in the 800-m in Canadian Interuniversity Sport and in the same event ranked third in the NACAC Championships and sixth at the Canadian Olympic trials.

Also competing in the 800-m event are Cole Peterson, Thomas Riva, Grace Annear and Kendra Pomfret. Peterson, also Alberta’s athletics team captain, will join Riva in the 1500-m event.

Rounding out the cast is soon-to-be Vike Weir, competing in the 5000-m, Patrick Psotka, Ryan Cassidy and Brendon Restall.

For full information on the Canada Summer Games visit their website at:http://www.jeuxducanada2013.ca/en/

Vikes at the 2013 Canada Summer Games:

NAME EVENT PROVINCE

Ben WEIR 5000m British Columbia

Adam GAUDES 800m New Brunswick

Cole PETERSON 800m, 1500m Alberta (captain)

Thomas RIVA 800m, 1500m British Columbia

Grace ANNEAR 800m New Brunswick

Rachel FRANCOIS 800m, 4x400m Alberta

Kendra POMFRET 800m, 1500m British Columbia

Patrick PSOTKA 3000m Steeplechase British Columbia

Ryan CASSIDY 3000m Steeplechase, 5000m New Brunswick

Brendon RESTALL 400m, 4x400m British Columbia

 

Article: http://islandsportsnews.net/sportsa-z/track-and-field/1-sports/8387-vikes-headline-track-line-up-for-canada-summer-games


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


Helen Crofts wins GNAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award

June 12, 2013

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Courtesy SFU Clan – June 12, 2013

Portland, OR – Simon Fraser University track and field athlete Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) has been voted the 2012-13 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Crofts along with male winner David Downs of Seattle Pacific, will now be a candidate for the 2013 Conference Commissioners Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which will be selected this summer.

Crofts received seven of 10 first-place votes in the balloting by the conference’s athletic directors.

The award comes a week after Crofts was named the GNAC Co-Female Athlete of the Year.

She had an impressive career not only on the track, but also in the classroom at Simon Fraser, compiling a near-perfect 4.14 grade point average.

A biological science major with a concentration in Cells, Molecules and Physiology, Crofts compiled the highest grade point average among Clan athletes in 2012-13, earning the Bill DeVries Award for excellence in academics and athletics.

She accomplished all that academically while also winning two national titles and four All-American awards during the 2013 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor national championships.

Read the full article here: http://athletics.sfu.ca/news/2013/6/12/WTRACK_0612130927.aspx?path=general


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


Stefanovic and Tjernagel big winners #bchschamps

June 4, 2013

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Mihail Stefanovic of New Westminster Secondary, winner of the boys 110 metre hurdles (photo BOAZ JOSEPH/BLACK PRESS)

New Westminster News Leader – June 4, 2013 

Mihailho Stefanovic and Raquel Tjernagel of New Westminster were big winners at the B.C. high school track and field championships held in Langley last week.

Stefanovic beat out Hyack teammate Bogdan Pavel to win the boys 110-metre hurdles. He crossed the finish line in 14.99 seconds, two-tenths of a second faster than Paval.

Tjernagel captured the girls 200-metre final in 24.30 seconds beating out Zion Corrales-Nelson of Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate. In the 400 metres, the results were reversed with Corrales-Nelson winning in 54.94 and Tjernagel finishing in 55.45.

New West’s boys 4×100 metre relay team came second in 44.32, finishing behind STM (43.23). Stefanovic and Pavel were joined on the team by Ethan Strome and Simon Rokeby.

Fiull article can be found in the New Westminster News Leader here: http://www.newwestnewsleader.com/sports/210091621.html


Speedy Knights second, win boys title #bchschamps

June 4, 2013

Burnaby NewsLeader – June 4, 2013

The St. Thomas More Knights came close to knocking off the perennial provincial powerhouse for the overall title at the B.C. high school track and field championships in Langley last week.

STM came second finishing with 82 points losing out to the Victoria school by 11 points. The Knights, however, did claim the boys title with 46 points, five more than Oak Bay.

More’s boys relay teams dominated. The 4×100 squad ran around the McLeod Athletic Park track in 43.23 seconds finishing ahead of New Westminster (44.32). In the 4×400 final, STM racked up a winning time of 3:25.83.

Read the full article in the Burnaby NewLeader here: http://www.burnabynewsleader.com/sports/210097261.html


Silver, two bronze for Gators’ Robyn Buckingham #bchschamps

June 4, 2013

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Walnut Grove’s Robyn Buckingham won silver in the heptathlon at the B.C. high school track and field championships. She later added a pair of bronze medals in the high jump and as part of the Gators’ 4×400 relay team (photo John Morrow/Black Press)

By Gary Ahuja – Langley Times – June 3, 2013

Robyn Buckingham added a pair of bronze medals over the weekend, to go along with a silver she won the week before, to wrap up a strong showing at the B.C. high school track and field championships.

The 15-year-old Grade 10 student at Walnut Grove already had a silver in the heptathlon from the multi-event championships held in Abbotsford on May 24 and 25.

She then added a bronze in the high jump and helped the Gators place third — along with Keara Graham, Dallas Tilley and Megan Notting — in the 4×400 relay.

Buckingham also had a fourth-place finish in the long jump, just missing the podium. Buckingham’s best leap was 5.17m, 0.6 behind third place.

Read the full article in the Langley Times here: http://www.langleytimes.com/sports/210011211.html


Kastelein hurdles to gold medal #bchschamps

June 4, 2013

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Langley Christian’s Eli Kastelein won gold in the men’s 400m hurdles at the B.C. high school track and field championships at McLeod Athletic Park (photo Gary Ahuja/Langley Times)

By Gary Ahuja – Langley Times – June 3, 2013

It was fitting that Eli Kastelein won his first provincial high school track and field gold medal at McLeod Athletic Park.

“It felt amazing to win and it is really nice getting to do it right here in Langley,” Kastelein said.

“I’ve spent hundreds of long days training at the McLeod track so it was nice to end off my high school career there with such a great memory.”

Kastelein, a Grade 12 student at Langley Christian, won gold in the 400m hurdles on Friday afternoon, crossing the finish line in 55.26 seconds. The time shaved almost two seconds off of his personal best.

“I knew I was capable of running a winning time, it was just a matter of doing it at the right time,” he said.


Marshall obliterates PB, wins gold #bchschamps

June 4, 2013

By Gary Ahuja – Langley Times – June 3, 2013

There is setting a new personal best and then there is what Adam Marshall accomplished, which was smashing his PB.

The 18-year-old Grade 12 student at Brookswood Secondary not only won the gold medal in the men’s 2000m steeplechase event, he obliterated his previous best time of 6:25.00.

Marshall crossed the finish line in 6:08.77 at McLeod Athletic Park on Saturday afternoon at the B.C. high school track and field championships.

Marshall’s previous best came a few weeks ago at the Fraser Valley championships, when he placed third.

But Marshall fully expected to make a better showing at provincials.

“For Fraser Valleys, I had the 800 heats and finals the same day as the steeplechase,” he explained.

“So for provincials, I scratched the 1500m (event) so that I would be able to be fresh for the steeplechase.”

And that is exactly what happened, as he won by three and a half seconds over North Surrey’s Ephraim Tadesse.

Read the full article in the Langley Times here: http://www.langleytimes.com/sports/210011961.html


Chilliwack athletes take on track and field’s best #bchschamps

June 3, 2013
By Staff Writer – Chilliwack Progress – June 3, 2013
Chilliwack athletes fought tooth-and-nail at last weekend’s BC High School Track and Field Championships, doing their best against the province’s best.

The meet was held May 31 and June 1 at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley.

Rosedale middle school’s Tasha Willing led the way, competing in three events.

Against older competition in senior girls discus, Willing was 11th with a throw of 31.34m. She competed in hammer throw, finishing seventh with a toss to 38.47m. Willing’s third event was the shot-put where she finished seventh with a mark of 9.80m.

Read the full article in the Chilliwack Progress here: http://www.theprogress.com/sports/209953121.html


Siemens superb at high school track provincials #bchschamps

June 3, 2013

By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News – June 2, 2013

Heading into the final meet of her high school track and field career, “Faith over fear” was Alex Siemens‘s mantra.

The W.J. Mouat Hawks’ Grade 12 runner has struggled at times with the weight of expectation – both from others, and from herself – since bursting onto the scene as a precocious Grade 9 star in 2009-10.

Siemens won the B.C. cross-country title and took bronze in the 3000 metres at track provincials that season, but hadn’t climbed the podium at a provincial high school meet since then, as she battled injuries and grappled with nerves.

The 17-year-old rectified that situation in a big way at Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park on the weekend, winning a trio of medals – silver in the 3000m (10:01.11), bronze in the 1500m (4:38.71), and silver with the Mouat 4x400m relay team (4:05.43) which also featured Callum Pilgrim, Hailey Gibson and Amanda Thompson.

Read the full article in the Abbotsford News here: http://www.abbynews.com/sports/209866481.html


Two silver medals ‘a good meet’ for Tadesse #bchschamps

June 3, 2013

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Ephraim Tadesse (388) ran to silver medals in the 1,500m and 2,000m steeplechase at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships in Langley (photo BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER)

By Rick Kupchuk – Surrey North Delta Leader – June 3, 2013

Long distance runner Ephraim Tadesse of North Surrey Secondary won a pair of silver medals at last weekend’s B.C. High School Track and FIeld Championships, finishing as the runner-up in both the boys 2,000m steeplechase and the 1,500m race.

He completed the steeplechase in 6:11.12, 2.25 seconds off the pace. He was bumped up into the runner-up position in the 1,500m race after crossing the line in third place. His time of 3:57.28 was good for the silver medal, after a competitor was disqualified for interference.

Read the full article in the Surrey Leader here: http://www.surreyleader.com/sports/209982211.html


A pair of gold medals for Covington #bchschamps

June 3, 2013
By Rick Kupchuk – Surrey North Delta Leader – June 3, 2013

Asianna Covington, a Surrey resident attending Little Flower Academy in Vancouver,made three trips to the podium at last weekend’s B.C. High School Track and Field Championships in Langley.

Covington had little trouble winning in the shotput with a throw of 48.2m, 1.13m further then the second place thrower. Prabhjit Dosanjh of Delview was one position out of the medals, placing fourth at 36.48m.

Covington also won the gold medal in the hammer throw, easily outdistancing the runner-up with her toss of 53.83m, more than five metres further than the silver medalist.

She added a third medal in the shot put, her effort of 12.83m earning the silver medal. Avneet Nijjar of Queen Elizabeth Secondary placed fourth, her best throw of 11.2m just 24 centimetres shy of a medal.

Read the full article in the Surrey Leader here: http://www.surreyleader.com/sports/209982521.html


Gold, bronze for Ingvaldson #bchschamps

June 3, 2013

By Rick Kupchuk – Surrey North Delta Leader – June 3, 2013

Two athletes combined for five medals, lifting Lord Tweedmuir Secondary to 10th in the team standings at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships in Langley.

Ben Ingvaldson, 16, won a gold medal, and he and teammate Jasmine Grant each collected a pair of bronze medals. Along with a fifth-place performance from the school’s 4x100m relay team, Lord Tweedsmuir totaled 38 points at the two-day meet, tying for 10th place with Langley Secondary.

Ingvaldson won his gold medal in the boys shotput, with a throw of 15.64m that was almost a full metre better than the runner-up. Chitraj Dosanjh of Delview Secondary placed fifth at 13.57m.

Ingvadlson was also the bronze medalist in the hammer throw and discus. His best effort was 51.93 metres in the hammer, while his throw of 45.26m in the discus edged the fourth-place athlete by eight centimetres.

Jasmine Grant won her bronze medals with two personal best times, bouncing back from a Grade 11 year that saw her performance slowed by illness.

Read full article in the Surrey North Delta Leader here: http://www.surreyleader.com/sports/209981891.html


Tweedsmuir, Marriott athletes excel at track provincials #bchschamps

June 3, 2013

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Earl Marriott’s Ally Ginther (#142) looks back at a fallen runner as she leads the senior girls 1,500-m at BC High School Track and Field Championships Saturday in Langley (Bob Friesen photo)

By Nick Greenizan – Peace Arch News – June 3, 2013

Earl Marriott’s Kathryn Van Ryswyk won gold twice, and a pair of Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary athletes combined for five medals as the two schools both placed inside the top 10 at BC High School Track and Field Championships over two days in Langley last week.

On Friday, Van Ryswyk took top spot in the senior girls pole vault, clearing the bar at 3.45 m – besting the second-place competitor by 35 cm. Van Ryswyk, was the defending champion in the event, having won gold last year with a mark of 3.1 m.

A day later, the EMS senior scored her second gold medal of the event, winning the senior girls 100-m hurdles in 14.45 seconds, eight-tenths of a second quicker than Tumber Ridge’s Laura Sharman, who claimed silver.

Tweedsmuir, meanwhile, was led by Ben Ingvaldson, who won a gold and two bronze medals, and runner Jasmine Grant, who also had a pair of bronze-medal finishes.

Along with a fifth-place performance from the school’s 4x100m relay team, Lord Tweedsmuir totaled 38 points at the two-day meet, tying for 10th place with Langley Secondary. Earl Marriott was ninth overall, with 45 total points.

Ingvaldson won his gold medal in the senior boys shotput, with a throw of 15.64-m.

Ingvaldson was also the bronze medalist in the hammer throw and discus. His best effort was 51.93-m toss in the hammer, while his throw of 45.26-m in the discus edged the fourth-place athlete by eight centimetres.

Grant won her bronze medals with two personal best times, bouncing back from a Grade 11 year that saw her performance slowed by illness.

Read the full article in The Peace Arch News here: http://www.peacearchnews.com/sports/209968101.html


Helen Crofts named USTFCCCA West Region Female Track Athlete of the Year

May 22, 2013

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May 20, 2013 – New Orleans, LA – Simon Fraser University track and field runner Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) has been named the west region female track athlete of the year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The senior is the Division II leader at 800-metre heading into the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championship with a time of 2:04.53 to lead by more than three seconds.

It is also the sixth ranked time in the event in Division II history.

In addition, Crofts is also ranked seventh in the 1500-metre posting a time 4:26.85 and 10th in the 400-metre with a time of 54.46.

She won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship in both events and is also a member of the Clan’s NCAA Division II eighth seeded 4×400-metre relay team.

Crofts and the Clan will travel to Pueblo, CO this week for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championship beginning on Wednesday.

Article: http://athletics.sfu.ca/news/2013/5/20/WTRACK_0520133338.aspx?path=general


UBC’s NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Previews

May 22, 2013

BY: Devin Rajala (gothunderbirds.ca) 

VANCOUVER – A group of nine UBC Thunderbirds men and 17 women are in Marion, Indiana for the  NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meet runs May 23-25 on the on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University.
UBC Men’s Preview – http://gothunderbirds.ca/news/2013/5/21/TRACK_0521135621.aspx
UBC Women’s Preview – http://gothunderbirds.ca/news/2013/5/21/TRACK_0521133213.aspx
Live Streaming – http://www.wiwutv.com/naiatrack/

South Surrey athletes shine at Fraser Valley Track Championships

May 22, 2013
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Lord Tweedsmuir’s Jasmine Grant (left) stays a few strides ahead of Earl Marriott’s Kathryn van Ryswyk during a relay last week. Dan Kinvig photo
By Nick Greenizan – Peace Arch News
Published: May 21, 2013 

Athletes from South Surrey and Cloverdale schools spent plenty of time on the podium last week, at Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships in Abbotsford.

Leading the procession to the podium were a handful of Semiahmoo Totems – Chelsea Ribiero won gold in the girls 1,500-m steeplechase and took home silver in the junior girls 3,000-m run, while her Semi teammate Dominika Paige won bronze in the 1,500-m steeplechase.

Read full article: http://www.peacearchnews.com/sports/208399531.html


Six Simon Fraser University Clan Track & Field athletes named to USTFCCCA All-Region Team

May 17, 2013

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New Orleans, LA – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has named All-Region honorees for the 2012-13 Division II outdoor track & field season and six Simon Fraser University track and field athletes have earned a spot.

The top five from each region in individual events and each member of a relay ranked in the region’s top three have earned the All-Region distinction for this season.

Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) earned the recognition for top five finishes in four different events while Lindsey Butterworth (North Vancouver, BC) place in the top five in two as did Sarah Sawatzky (Chilliwack, BC).

Meanwhile Chantel Desch (Abbotsford, BC) earned a spot for as a member of the Clan’s 4×400-metre relay team as did Michaela Kane (Robert’s Creek, BC) while Jade Richardson (Nanaimo, BC) was named to the team after a GNAC Championship performance in the discus.

Full article: http://athletics.sfu.ca/news/2013/5/17/WTRACK_0517132010.aspx?path=general


Rostam Turner to join brother with U of T Blues

May 10, 2013

Kelowna Capital News – May 10, 2013 – With the likes of Olympic medalist Dave Steen and former Canadian decathlon champ Mike Smith among the school’s alumni, Rostam Turner will soon join a track and field program with a winning tradition.

Add in the fact that his older brother and fellow decathlete, James, is already a member of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and Turner’s post-secondary choice was an easy one to make.

“They have a great program there and a great coach in Andy Higgins, so that will help a lot,” said Rostam Turner, who committed to U of T last fall. “It’ll be good to be together with (James) on the same team and at the same school. We’ve always helped each other out for training and things like that, so I think it’s going to work out. He knows the campus and the team and all that, so he’ll be able help ease me into things.”

Kelowna’s Turner brothers are among the best multi-event athletes ever to come out of the Okanagan. James won the Canadian junior decathlon (10 events) title in both 2011 and 2012, while Rostam struck gold in the octathlon at the Canadian youth track championships last summer in PEI.

Read full article: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/sports/206652651.html