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Mar 26 2012 - Masters Championships results in Major Equipment upgrades!
The Local Organizing Committee of Saint John 2012, the North American Masters Track and Field Championships want to thank our partners. With their help we have acheived over $100,000 in track equipment and facility upgrades for the Canada Games Stadium. This investment has allowed us to upgrade our pole vault, throws implements, high jump equipment and add improved throws areas. It will also allow us to add improvements to our photo finish equipment, PA systems and seating areas of the stadium. Their support has ensured this summer's championships will be first class. Thank you!
Mar 22 2012 - Interested in Speedskating?
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Mar 18 2012 - Sunday Practice - Outdoors.
We have just been notified that due to a Basketball tournament we cannot use the Harry Miller Gym on Sunday.
The weather is supposed to be awesome so Alex and I have decided to hold an outdoor practice.
So please come to Harry Miller at our usual time. Come dressed and prepared to run/workout outside.
We will have a fun practice in the great outdoors.
Mar 17 2012 - NACAC Cross Country Champs
Congrats to Ryan Cassidy and Barry Britt for their performance today in Trinidad at the NACAC Cross country Championships . Ryan was 8th in the 6km junior race in a time of 19:09.57 (3rd Canadian) and Barry was 6th overall in the 8km Senior Race in 24:54.21 (2nd Canadian) Both helped team Canada finish 2nd in the team scores. Congrats Barry and Ryan!
Mar 12 2012 - Coffin sets national masters track record
Coffin sets national masters track record12 Mar 2012 11:55AM
TORONTO – Alex Coffin set a new meet record for the 3,000-metre event on Saturday in the 40 and over category at the Canadian Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships when he scorched the track in a time of nine minutes and 25 seconds.
“The first kilometre was very fast with Predrag Mladenovic leading the way and the three of us following close behind,” Coffin said in an email. “I allowed for a bit of a gap to develop in the middle kilometre as I hoped to catch my competitors by surprise in the last kilometre. My fastest kilometre was the last one as I passed both Francois (Letot of Quebec) and Geoff (Peat of Newmarket, Ont.) with two laps to go. I was able to cruise in for the 40+ title with a meet record of 9:25 (the old one was 9:36).
Mladenovic finished in 9:08 for the 35-39 title.
“He’ll turn 40 by this summer and said he is planning to challenge me at the Outdoor Championships in Saint John,” Coffin said with a laugh. “I’ll be ready.”
Mar 12 2012 - UNB’s Black to compete at CIS track championships
UNB’s Black to compete at CIS track championships12 Mar 2012 01:54AM
Fourth year UNB kinesology student Alexandra Black from Hanwell leaves Wednesday for Winnipeg to take part in the CIS indoor Track and Field Championships. Black earned the right to represent the university by virtue of her gold medal performance in the women’s shot put at the AUS Track Championships in Moncton. Her toss of 12.38 meters ranks her 17th in the country among some 100 throwers in the university ranks.
A member of the UNB Varsity Reds Track team, in only its second year as a varsity sport, Black won the same event at the CIS Championships last year. However this will be her first trip to the national stage. Competition is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday. Also competing is Fredericton native Adam Gaudes, now attending the University of Victoria. He was named the outstanding male track athlete in Canada West after winning the 600 meters in the Canada West championship meet in Saskatoon and is the male athlete of the year in the Conference.
Mar 11 2012 - Coffin gunning for national running record
Alex Coffin (right) leads an uphill running clininc on Burpee Avenue. On the left is Dean Strowbridge. Photo: K‚tÈ Braydon/Telegraph-JournalCoffin gunning for national running record 11 Mar 2012 05:23AM
Alex Coffin is not shy about aiming high.
The 43-year-old Saint Johner will compte at the Canadian Masters Indoor Track Championships in Toronto and he’s got a goal in mind.
Competing in the 3,000-metre event, Coffin is not only eyeing a first-place finish, he wants more.
Known more for his marathon success having won 12 in all, including six victories at the Marathon By the Sea and one KV Challenge, Coffin is ranked No. 1 in the country in the 3,000 after the recently contested Atlantic championship where he clocked a time of nine minutes and 27 seconds.
The national indoor record is 9:36.40 but the winning time at last year’s event was a shade over 10 minutes. If Coffin is successful in beating the record and winning gold, he would become the first New Brunswicker to have his name on the meet record list and only the second Maritimer to do so. Ross Mitchell of Nova Scotia holds the 60-metre record for the age bracket of 70 to 74.
Coffin has been training with several Saint John Track Club runners, including Dean Strowbridge, the top finisher in the 2011 Run NB Timex Series rankings, and Josh Shanks, the No.2 ranked middle distance runner (2,000-metre) in Canada for the under 16 division and the provincial high school junior cross-country champion.
“For this Saturday’s 3000, I wanted to work myself up to sub 9:20 shape in order to have a chance to win,” Coffin said in an email earlier this week. “I ran a 9:27 last weekend so I believe I can take off at least another 10 seconds this weekend. I just received word that Predrag Mladenovic of Toronto may be entering the race. He just turned 40 and he has won many races. I am ready to run with anybody so if Predrag enters, I still believe I have a great chance to win.”Brunswick News encourages rich and vigorous debate from its customers and reserves the right to contact commenters to solicit further dialogue.
Mar 5 2012 - UNBSJ/UNBF Varsity Reds Track
UNBSJ student Jeff Cummings competed for the UNB track team at the recent AUS meet in Moncton. He's shown here coming out of the block starts while training for the 60-metres as coach Kristen Sweet looks on. Photo: Peter Walsh/Telegraph-JournalUNBSJ Track Joining forces in the name of track and field 05 Mar 2012 04:31PM
SAINT JOHN – Being on the track and field team at the University of New Brunswick Saint John is about more than finishing first and personal bests.
“The process has been so amazing this year,’’ said Kristen Sweet, one of 10 coaches in the second-year program that allows UNBSJ athletes to compete under the banner of the University of New Brunswick. “The athletes seemed to really enjoy coming to practice and they have really worked well for each other. It’s been an exceptional team as far as team spirit goes. It’s been a great year.’’
Those remarks came before the UNB men’s and women’s teams both finished fifth at the recent Atlantic University Sport championships in Moncton, proving how much Sweet had already enjoyed her role in Saint John. While athletes trained on both campuses throughout the season, they often met on Sundays to work together at CFB Gagetown.
“When we’re all together for track, it feels like there’s just one school,’’ said Alex Peabody, a Saint John High graduate who placed 17th in the 60-metre (7.71 seconds) and fifth in the 4 x 200m relay. Peabody’s season also saw him finish second in his age class in the 60m at the provincial indoor championships in Gagetown.
“We’re all cheering each other on,’’ the 18-year-old said. “I really wanted to stay home this year and being able to run here is a blessing. I love how I can still run and not go away. Luckily, there’s this (program). We’re just trying to grow the track team and make our school better known.’’
Those sentiments are shared by Rachelle McDonald, a third-year arts student whose AUS showing included placing second in the 300m (preliminary time of 42.50 seconds; final time of 42.53 seconds), ninth in the 60m (8.37 seconds) and fourth in the long jump with a distance of 4.92m.
MacDonald, also a Saint John High alumnus, recorded personal bests in each of her three events. In addition, she was first in her age class in the 60m, 200m and long jump at the provincial indoor meet in Gagetown.
“It’s just a great opportunity,’’ MacDonald said. “It’s been a lot of fun and challenging. It’s a really positive environment. We push each other when we’re training. We didn’t know each other in the beginning, but by the end of the year, we’re all pretty close.’’
Mary Jane McAfee, a fourth-year nursing student, said the program has given her life more balance. But she still pushed herself at the AUS championships, placing third in her first pentathlon. She also finished first in her age class in the 60m hurdles at the provincial indoor meet in Gagetown.
“It’s a very supportive team,’’ McAfee said. “You need that outlet.’’
McAfee, another former SJHS athlete, was away from track after high school, but this season brought her passion back.
“I definitely missed it,’’ she said. “When you grow up running, it becomes part of you.’’
McAfee said she felt confident enough to do the pentathlon because of Sweet’s encouragement.
“I had never done field events before,’’ McAfee said. “Now that I’m doing them, I’ve definitely developed an appreciation for them and discovered the fun of the whole rounded experience of track and field.’’
Several other UNBSJ athletes also represented the UNB contingent at the AUS meet, which included the Universite de Moncton, Dalhousie, St. Mary’s, St. Francis Xavier, Memorial, St. Thomas and Acadia. Jeff Cummings placed 19th in the 60m (7.83 seconds) and 14th in the 300m (42.18 seconds) at the AUS meet after finishing third in his age class in the 60m at the provincial indoor meet. Alex Coffin, who also served as a coach, placed 17th in the 1500m (4:28:55 minutes) at the AUS championships.
Alex Black of UNB won the women’s shot put with a throw of 12.38m, while James Murphy of UNB finished third in the men’s 1000m (2:35:93 minutes). Dalhousie won both the men’s and women’s AUS titles.
Meanwhile, the UNB-UNBSJ program involved about 50 people between the two campuses, estimates Sweet, who was part of a coaching staff that included Coffin, Sue Ellis Leparco, Dave Thomas and Rebecca Lagace in Saint John, along with UNB’s Yvan Pelletier, Carl MacIntosh, Mark Sheehan, Tim Randall and Chris Gairns.
“There (was) a lot of collaborative coaching between the athletes and the coaches from UNBSJ and UNB Fredericton,’’ said Sweet, a former middle-distance runner at UNB and Dalhousie. “I came into this as mostly a sprint coach with a running background. We had some athletes who really wanted to do the field events – other than the throws – like hurdles and long jump and high jump.
“That’s not my area of expertise, but it’s such a big component of track and field. When you have a track and field team, you want to be able to offer all those events.’’Brunswick News encourages rich and vigorous debate from its customers and reserves the right to contact commenters to solicit further dialogue.
Mar 1 2012 - NB athletes light up the track at conference championships
Combined efforts bring in 15 medals; seven qualify for nationals. Athletes from New-Brunswick had outstanding performances at the Canada West (CanWest), the Ontario University Athletics (OUA), and Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championships that took place this weekend. We had some outstanding performances from our SJTC Athletes...
University of Victoria’s rookie, Grace Annear of Saint John, finished fourth in the 600m with a time of 1:33.54, and was on Victoria’s winning 4x800m team.
Alex Black (UNB)won the shot put with a throw of 12.38m earning her a spot at the National Championships. Her teammate Rachelle McDonald finished 2nd in the 300m with a time of 42.53. Mary Jane McAphee from Saint Johnfinnished 3rd in the women’s pentathlon (2332.0)
Matt Mcneil of Saint John had a great competition in his rookie year capturing 3 medlas (1 Gold , 2 silver) Finninshing 2nd in both the 1500m (4:04.45) and the 3000m (8:49.00) and helping Dalhousie win the 4x800m
Congratulations to all athletes and best of luck to those competing at the CIS Championships in 2 weeks!
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