Track North Athletic Club's Ross Proudfoot (Lively), 17, won gold in both the 800m and 1500m events at the Athletics Ontario Bantam, Midget and Youth Championships held this past weekend in Timmins.Competing against the top 17 and under athletes in the province, Proudfoot, first struck gold in the 800m event with a finishing time of 1 minute 58.03 seconds. This race saw Proudfoot outkick a large field of athletes over the final 200m as eight runners broke the two minute barrier in this closely contested race.Proudfoot also captured gold in the 1500m event. Leading wire to wire, Proudfoot charged home to a new personal best of 3 minutes 58.16 seconds.Proudfoot also anchored Track North's silver medal winning 4 X 800m relay team which also included Sebastian Diebel (Nairn), Joe Burke (Espanola) and Jeremy Cooper (Manitowaning). In a deep ten team field, the Track North squad placed just a half a second behind the winning team from Mississauga.Proudfoot commented: "It was a great weekend of racing. The 800m and 4 X 800m relay were really exciting with deep, crowded fields. I was surprised how good I felt in the 1500m race, particularly leading start to finish they way I did. I'm excited to race it again in two weeks in Sherbrooke at the National Youth Championships"Coach Darren Jermyn notes: "Ross has been working really hard this whole summer and its great to see it pay off for him this weekend. He was sick at OFSAA and couldn't compete at the level he normally does but his performances last weekend at the National Junior Championships in PEI (12th in the 1500m) and this weekend show that he is one of the top 17 year-old distance runners in the country".Other finishes for Track North athletes included:Youth GirlsAlannah Maclean - 800m - 4th - 2:26.10 and 400m - 7th - 59.81Grace Thomson - 300m Hurdles - 7th - 49.52Kerissas Blacklock - 100m Hurdles 9th - 17.12, 200m, 22, 28.46Midget BoysZack Caverson - 800m - 8th - 2:13.07; 1500m - 9th - 4:38.57Youth BoysRoss Proudfoot, 800m, 1st, 1:58.03, and 1500m, 1st, 3:58.16Joe Burke - 800m - 7th - 1:59.68 and 1500m, 11th, 4:14.97Sebastian Diebel - 800m - 10th - 2:02.09 and 1500m, 22, 4:28.69Jeremy Cooper, 1500, 18th, 4:22.37 and 3000m, 12, 9:49.65
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Track North's Ehrhardt Crowned Canadian Junior ChampionCharlottetown, PEITrack North's Caroline Ehrhardt (Espanola, ON) won gold in the women's triple jump event at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships held this past weekend in Charlottetown, PEI.Ehrhardt, only 17, set a new personal best of 12.81metres to claim the gold against competitors aged 19 and under.She also earned a silver medal in the women's long jump competition with a performance of 5.98 metres.Other Track North results from the championships included:Chantry Cargill (Sudbury), placed 9th in the men's 5000m race with a time of 15:49.82Eric Roque (Sudbury) placed 12th in the men's 100m. Roque set a new personal best of 10.90 in his heat and ran 11.03 in his semi-final.Ross Proudfoot (Sudbury) placed 12th in the men's 1500m final with a time of 4:03.99. Proudfoot , also only 17 years of age, ran 4:00.70 in his heat to qualify for the final.Emma Tallman (Mindemoya) placed 16th in the women's 800m with time of 2:17.66 in her semi-final and 2:18.03 in the "B" final.Upcoming competitions for Track North athletes include the Provincial Championships for Youth (17 and under) being held in Timmins on July 25th & 26th and the National Youth Championships being held in Sherbrooke, August 8th and 9th.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Two members of Sudbury's Track North Athletic Club have been selected to compete for the Ontario team at the Canada Summer Games to be held in PEI in August.
Ben Charbonneau threw a personal best 62.09 to win a bronze medal and qualify for the team.
Also selected was Caroline Ehrhardt, based on her performance at the World Youth Championships in Italy. She will compete in the triple and long jumps.
Other Track North performances included:
400m, 5th, 48.81 (heat, 48.82)
200m, 27th, 22.90 (Wind +1.8)
800m, 12th, 2:17.57
1500m, 14th, 4:52.23
Eric Roque, AKA Snax
100m, 21st, 11.18 (Wind +1.2)
200m, 28th, 22.98 (Wind 0.0)
1500m, 19th, 4:04.79
5000m, 11th, 16:47.73
Youth Category (Under 18)
Joe Burke - Youth
800m, 1st, 1:59.65
400m, 5th, 52.76
Kerissa Blacklock Youth
100H, 4th, 15.72 (PB)
200m, 16, 28.11
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Unfortunatey, Caroline's best jump of 12.48m was not good enough to qualify for the final on Friday (top 12 in qualification move onto the final). Caroline will place 16th overall out of field of 35 of the best triple jumpers aged 17 and under in the world.
Next up for Caroline is the Canadian Junior Championships, being held from July 17th to 19th in Charlottetown, PEI. Caroline will compete in both the triple jump and long jump.
Caroline will be competing in her speciality, the triple jump, starting with the qualification round commencing at 5:40pm (Sudtirol time) on Wednesday. The top 12 jumpers from the qualifying round will move onto the final, being contested on Friday, July 10th at 4:40pm.Results can be found here: http://www.iaaf.org/wyc09/results/eventCode=4141/racedate=07-08-2009/bydate.htmlCaroline recently set a new Canadian Interscholastic Record Holder on route to winning gold at the OFSAA championships in June with a jump of 12.76m. Two weeks ago, she won a silver medal at the Canadian Senior Championships, placing behind Olympian, Tabia Charles.
Friday, July 03, 2009
Ehrhardt Wins Silver at National Seniors
Three Track North Athletes competed at the Canadian Senior Track and Field Championships in Toronto this weekend. They returned with four top-12 finishes and a silver medal.Track North's Caroline Ehrhardt won silver in the triple jump with a leap of 12.45 metres. Competing in rainy conditions, Ehrhardt advanced from third to second place on her final jump of the competition. Ehrhardt, a 17-year old student who attends Espanola High School, also placed 10th in the long jump with a 5.76 meter jump.Ben Charbonneau of Track North overcame a strained hip muscle to place 6th in the javelin with a throw of 58.52 metres.
André Pelland of Track North missed the finals of the 400m by only 1/10 of a second, eventually finishing 12th with a time of 49.51. He also placed 18th in the 200m with a time of 22.47.