BC tops WCSG Athletics Medal Table

August 10, 2011

Track and Field wrapped up at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops, and BC came out tops in the medal table.































It was truly a team performance, as 38 athletes contributed to the medal haul. Tristan Smyth won 3 golds in 200, 400, and 1500m Wheelchair. Rohan Stewart (100, 200m), Angus Taylor (Discus, Hammer), Hodson Harding (400, 4x400m), and John Pratt (800, 4x400m) were double gold medalists.

BC established 11 new WCSG records:

W200m Sabrina Nettey 23.99
W1500m Stephanie Trenholm 4:27.86
M100m Rohan Stewart 10.56
M400m Hodson Harding 47.64
M800m (prelim) Sean Keane 1:52.61
M400mH Nick Blackburn 52.89
WLong Jump Carolyn Sutherland 5.81m
MLong Jump Robert Gallaugher 7.22m
W5000mRW Katelyn Ramage 26:28.26
W4x400m Casey Atkin, Danielle Delage, 3:41.41
  Katie Reid, Devan Wiebe  
M4x400m Benjamin Ayesu-Attah, Hodson Harding, 3:12.56
  Sean Keane, John Pratt  

Complete results: http://viewserver.kamloops.ca/wcsg2011_results/Results.aspx


WCSG: More Records Fall On Hillside Track

August 10, 2011

By Wes Kibble

It was another record breaking day in Athletics at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops, BC. A total of 6 previous records were broken in a variety of events.

A new WCSG record was also set in the Men’s 400m Hurdle with Team BC member Nick BLACKBURN (Courtenay) crossing the finish line at 52.89. Heat winner Tait NYSTUEN (Regina) of Team Sask also finished .01 of a second faster than the previous record at 53.05. The old record was 53.06 and was set by Nigel Joseph of Alberta in 2007. Fellow Team Saskatchewan team member Ian MCLELLAN (Holdfast) finished at 54.90 seconds.

Team BC set a WCSG record in the Women’s 4x400m Team Relay. The team, consisting of Casey ATKIN (Sydney), Danielle DEBAGE (Victoria), Katie REID (Surrey) and Devan WEIBE (Vancouver), had a time of 3:41.41. Team Alberta also beat the record with a 3:44.33 time.

The Team BC Men’s 4×400 Relay team was not to be outdone by the women, though. They also set a new WCSG record of 3:12.56. The team consists of Benjamin AYESU-ATTAH (Coquitlam), 400m Gold medalist and new WCSG record holder Hodson HARDING (Maple Ridge), Sean KEANE (Surrey) and 800m Gold medalist and new WCSG record holder John PRATT (Victoria). With a time of 3:16.61, the Silver went to Team Manitoba, with Team Alberta was only 18/100ths of a second slower.  The old record was owned by Team Alberta at 3:14.07 in 2007.

The Ladies Heptathlon saw Team BC athlete Zarria STORM (Victoria) grab the Gold with 4658 point. Silver was given to Team Saskatchewan’s Shalane HASELHAN (Lampman) with 4105 points while her teammate Kelsey BOHACHEWSKI (Porcupine Plain) took home the Bronze with 3979 points.

Read more: http://www.2011wcsg.com/news/more-records-fall-on-hillside-track/

9 New WCSG Records In Athletics During Day 3

August 9, 2011

By Wes Kibble

Day 3 was an intense and action filled day for the Athletics events at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops, BC. The extreme heat and blazing sun did not seem to affect the athletes as there were 9 WCSG records broken on the track.

Team BC owned the podium in the Men’s 800m final! All three Team BC runners actually beat the previous record of 1:53.22 set in 2007 by Darren Mazzei of Saskatchewan. Today, John PRATT (Victoria) placed 4th in the heat race with a time of 1:55.83. However, he stepped it up for the final and took the Gold and the WCSG record by crossing the finish line at 1:52.83. Sean KEANE (Surrey), winner of the heat race, went home with the Silver at 1:52.85 and Thomas RIVA (Victoria) came in at 1:53.05.

Team BC member Sabrina NETTEY (Surrey) set another WCSG record with a 23.99 second run in the Women’s 200m final. Nettey, who also won Silver medals in the 100m and 4x100m races this week, beat a 24.28 record time that was set by Alberta’s Amon Nelson in 2007. Current Team Alberta runner Leah WALKEDEN (Ardrossan) was also fast enough to beat the record at 24.23, but was not the first across the finish line. Nettey’s Team BC teammate Katie REID (Surrey) came in at 24.41. Reid ran with Nettey in the 4x100m for the Silver.

In the Men’s 200m final, Team BC runner Rohan STEWART (Burnaby) was .01 of a second from breaking the WCSG record. Stewart’s time of 21.57 was not quite fast enough to beat 21.56 set by Albertan Sam Effah in 2007. Fellow Team BC mate Andrew NATHAN (Richmond) ran 21.60 for Silver while Shane OHRT finished at 21.66. Stewart and Nathan finished in the same order in the Men’s 100m.

In Men’s Long Jump, Team BC athlete Robert GALLAUGHER (Surrey) brought home the Gold with a 7.22m jump. Team Alberta jumper Stephen MCPHEE (Edmonton) was right behind with 7.12m while Team Saskatchewan’s Jeremy ECKERT (Regina) at 6.78m.

Team BC took the top two spots in the Men’s Javelin. 2011 Junior Canadian Champion Cody PARKER (Comox) out threw teammate James TURNER (Kelowna) 63.66 to 57.24. Team Manitoba athlete Maxim Cote (Cut Knife) threw 53.85 for the Bronze.

For the Male 1500m Wheelchair race, Team BC Tristan SMYTH (Maple Ridge) took the Gold home with a time of 3:54.22. Smyth also won the Gold medal in the 200m and 400m events. Team Saskatchewan’s Julian NAHACHWESKY (Saskatoon) picked up the Silver with 4:22.46 while Eddy SOLLA (Chilliwack) grabbed Bronze with a time of 4:27.24.

Team BC athlete Katelynn RAMAGE (Nanaimo) won Gold in the Female 5km Walk, also setting a new WCSG record. The race almost never happened, but Katelynn and coach Allen JOHNSTON (Nanaimo) were determined that she would get to race, so they worked with two athletes from the Northwest Territories, giving them two coaching sessions on technique. The two NWT competitors , Alea STOCKTON (Yellowknife) and Julianna NEUDORF (Yellowknife) came in second and third respectively.

Read more: http://www.2011wcsg.com/news/9-new-wcsg-records-in-athletics-during-day-3/

Western Canada Summer Games – Two New Games Records In The 400M Races

August 8, 2011

By Wes Kibble

Both the 400m male and female races saw new records. Team Alberta athlete Rachel FRANCOIS (St. Alberta) crushed the ladies record by 0.66 of a second with a 55.01 second time. British Columbia took the rest of the podium with Devin WIEBE (Vancouver)  at 55.72 and Casey ATKIN (Sydney) with a 56.39 time.

In the male 400m race, Team BC and Team Alberta swapped places on the podium. Team BC member Hodson HARDING (Maple Ridge) set a new WCSG record at 47.64. Fellow BC teammate Benjamin Ayesu-Attah took the silver with 48.08 while Team Alberta athlete Mitchell HOME (Edmonton) brought home that bronze with a 48.29.

Team BC member Carolyn SUTHERLAND (Langley) made her last jump of the day count as she took the gold in the Female Long Jump with a distance of 5.81m. Team Alberta athlete Rachel MACHIN (Calgary), who also took the gold in the 100m Hurdles, went home with the Silver after jumping 5.65m. Team Sask member Shalane HASELHAN (Lampman) jumped 5.50 for the Bronze medal.

The Male Wheelchair 200m featured Team BC’s Tristan SMYTH (Maple Ridge) take home the gold with a time of 31.49. Team Saskatchewan athlete Julian NAHACHEWSKY (Saskatoon) followed in second place with a 33.73 time. They also finished in the same order for the 400m race. Team SK had another member on the podium as Braden CLOSE (Kindersly) crossed the line at 34.85.

Read more: http://www.2011wcsg.com/news/two-new-games-records-in-the-400m-races/