Sunday, June 27, 2010

Proudfoot sets new 1500m Personal Best

Track North Athletic Club's Ross Proudfoot ran to a new personal best over 1500m at the Runner's Choice Distance Series "1500m Night" in London, Ontario on Friday night.

Competing in a deep field of Canadian university and NCAA all-stars, Proudfoot placed 8th in a time of 3 minutes 50.08 seconds.  This finishing time was just shy of the World Junior Championship standard. Anthony Berkis of the Toronto Olympic Club won the race in a time of 3 minutes 42.81 seconds.  Proudfoot's time ranks him 5th in the country for athletes aged 19 and under.

Proudfoot's next competition will be the National Junior Track and Field Championships bein contested in Moncton, NB July 2 -4th.  This meet will serve as the final qualifying competition for the World Junior Championships also being held in Moncton at the end of July.
Sudbury played host to the World Junior Championships in 1988.

Proudfoot commented following the race: "I felt strong over the first 2 laps but slowed slightly on the 3rd lap and I couldn't quite make up the time over the final 300m. Despite that, I covered the last 100m better than I have all year.I look foward to competing in both the 1500m and 5000m events in Moncton next weekend."

Track North coach Darren Jermyn commented: "Ross continues to impress.  He wasn't intimidated at all competing against a deep field of more seasoned and older runners. His training is progressing well and this race is an indication that he will be ready to compete with the favourites at the National Championships next week in Moncton".

Other Track North results from the 1500m event include:
Chantry Cargill: 4:05.17
Eric Leishan: 4:07.81

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ellerton - sub 4:00 minute mile

There's a good article about Andrew Ellerton, his comeback, and his recent sub-4:00 minute mile on the Sudbury Star website at:

Monday, June 21, 2010

Ellerton Breaks Four-Minute Mile

Ellerton Breaks Four-Minute Mile in Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana, July 16, 2010

Sudbury native, Andrew Ellerton, continued his comeback from injury this week, by breaking the four-minute mile in a meet in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ellerton displayed an impressive kick by bursting from the back of the pack on the backstretch and taking the lead with 150m to go. He won the race by almost 15 metres, with a time of 3:58. 85.

Ellerton, who retains his hometown affiliation with Track North Athletic Club, but trains with coach Wynn Gmitroski out of Victoria, B.C., competes next at the the Harry Jerome Classic, on July 5th in Burnaby BC, and the Victoria International on July 7th.

Video footage of his mile can be seen at the following link. Ellerton is wearing a purple singlet with white slash:
Complete Results:

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Alannah MacLean and Ross Proudfoot: Sudbury Amateur Athletes of the Year!

Track North was well represented at the Sudbury Kinsmen Sports Award held tonight at the Caruso Club.
Alannah MacLean won the Amateur Female Athlete of the Year Award.
Caroline Ehrhardt was also nominated in this category.
Ross Proudfoot won the Amateur Male Athlete of the Year Award.
Track North Alumni Rebecca Johnston and Devon Kershaw were also recognized for their outstanding performances at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Lo-Ellen track coach Colin Ward was also nominated in the Coach of the Year category.
Congratulations to everyone on their nominations and awards!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Track North Results - OFSAA Track'10

It was an outstanding day for local track and field athletes at the Ontario High School Provincial OFSAA Championships contested at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON.

Caroline Ehrhardt, a grade 12 student at Espanola High School, broke her own Canadian Interscholastic Record in the Senior Girls Triple Jump competition, winning gold with a best jump of 12.78 metres. Competing in front of a packed stadium at the TD Waterhouse Stadium on the campus of the University of Western Ontario, Ehrhardt solidied her position as the best high school triple jumper in Canadian history with her third consecutive gold medal in triple jump in OFSAA competition.  Ehrhardt also claimed the gold medal in Senior Girls long jump with a best performance of 5.87 metres.

Ross Proudfoot,a grade 12 student at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, ran to a silver medal in the Senior Boy's 1500m race, setting a new personal best of 3 minutes, 50.56 seconds.  Making a gutsy move with 500 metres to go, Proudfoot separated himself from the field of twelve finalists being outkicked only in the final 50 metres by Rob Denualt of Newmarket. Proudfoot's finishing time is the second fastest high school 1500m time in Canada this year.

Other outstanding performances by local athletes include: Serena San Cartier's fourth place finish in the Senior Girls 100m hurdle race with a time of 14.62 seconds.  Newcomer, Katie Wismer of Lockerby Composite's surprise eigth place finish with a time of 5 minutes 17.84 seconds in the Open Girls 1500m steeplechase.


Caroline Ehrhardt: "I am extremely happy with my performances.  I will be competing next weekend to try to exceed the qualifying marks for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Moncton later this summer."

Ross Proudfoot: "We got out fast but when the paced slowed, I decided to take the lead and see if anyone was willing to go with me.  I broke free of the field but couldn't hold off Denault at the end."

Picture Enclosed - Ross Proudfoot at 400m mark of 1500m final race - OFSAA Championships - Friday,June 4th, 2010 - London, Ontario
Proudfoot claims bronze in OFSAA 3000m.

London, ON

Ross Proudfoot, a grade 12 student at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School ran to a bronze medal in the Senior Boy's 3000m race today at the OFSAA Track and Field Championships being held in London, ON.  In his final OFSAA track and field competition, Proudfoot battled with the lead pack of elite distance runners from across the province, eventually breaking away and earning the bronze medal with a new personal best time of 8 minutes 24.09 seconds.  Proudfoot, who also won a silver medal in the 1500m event on Friday night, was the only senior boy athlete in the province to claim two medals in the middle distance events (800m, 1500m, 3000m).  This caps a phenomenal season for Proudfoot that saw him break the Sudbury City and NOSSA 1500m and 3000m records.  Proudfoot also won the prestigious Nike Rowland Games 3000m event in Toronto earlier this season.

Proudfoot will now concentrate on the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships being contested in Moncton, New Brunswick from July 2nd to 4th.  The meet will serve as the qualification for the World Junior Track and Field Championships also being held in Moncton from July 22nd to 28th.

Alannah MacLean, a grade 11 student at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School had an outstanding final day at the OFSAA championships, earning a 7th place finish in the Senior Girls 400m hurdle event.  MacLean, who just began hurdling this year, came into the competition ranked 18th, yet earned a place in the final after running an impressive morning heat time of 1 minute 4.45 seconds.  Her time in the final was 1 minute 5.48 seconds.

Emily Marcolini, a grade 9 student at St. Benedict's Secondary School turned in the surprise performance of the day with a 7th place finish in the Midget Girls 3000m event.  Marcolini charged to the front of the twenty-four competitor event and led the race for a few laps, pushing the field through a fast opening two kilometres.  Marcolini's finishing time of 10 minutes 42.55 seconds was a 22 second personal best.  Marcolini also finished 13th in the 1500m event.


Ross Proudfoot: "The pace was faster than expected but I was able to cover all the moves of the leaders and keep myself in contention.  I'm ecstatic about running to a new personal best and earning another OFSAA medal in my last high school competition."

Alannah MacLean: "I am really excited with my races today.  I hurdled extremely well in the morning heat and was able to finish strong and set a huge new personal best.  I had a bit of difficulty with a few hurdles in the final but I'm very happy with placing seventh in the province in my first year running the event".

Emily Marcolini: "I felt really good at the start of the race and knew if I could stick with the leaders, I could run to a solid time and place well.  This was my first OFSAA Track and Field experience and I look forward to my summer track season."

Full meet results at:

Attached Picture - Ross Proudfoot with OFSAA medal

Steve Eles Takes a New Position at Lake State

Alumni, Steve Eles, who has been the head track and XC coach at Lake State U. in Michigan, has resigned his head coach position, although he will continue to be the head XC coach. More information below:

Emma Qualifies, Rankings, Chantry in Ottawa

Windsor Open - Emma Qualifies for Nationals

Emma Tallman ran a personal best in the 800m and qualified for the Canadian Junior Championships, later this summer in Moncton, NB.

Emma's time of 2:12.96 broke the standard of 2:15.00 and currently ranks her 2nd in Canada in the 800m among Junior runners (19 and under). She placed 5th in the race, primarily against senior-aged athletes.

Emma Tallman - National Rankings

While Emma will be starting her third year of university in the Fall, she is still a Junior-aged athlete and what she possibly doesn't even know is that her indoor university times placed very highly in the Athletics Canada rankings. Her national rankings were as follows:

National Rankings: Athletics Canada, Junior Category
800m - 2nd
1000m - 2nd
600m - 4th
(Emma's Photo is attached - she's in Laurentian blue).

Chantry Cargill placed 18th overall in the 5k at the Ottawa race weekend, (1st in the M17-19 category), running a time of 16:09.

OFSAA Qualifiers & NOSSA Article

TNOR has qualified 16 athletes to the OFSAA Championships this week. They're listed below.

Also, Randy Pascal has written an excellent recap of the NOSSA championships. Click here:

Zvia Mazal: Triple Jump
Emily Marcolini, 1500, 3000
Emilie Bouchard, 1500, 3000
Caroline Ehrhardt, 200, LJ, TJ
Alannah MacLean, 400, 400H, 4 x 100
Kyla Pettigrew, 4 x 100
Serena San Cartier, 100H, 400H, 4 x 100
Kerissa Blacklock, LJ
Katie Wismer, 1500 Steeple
Brandon Belan, 800
Matt Taylor, TJ
Hayden Kosmerly, 800, 1500
Joe Burke, 800m
Ross Proudfoot, 1500, 3000
Jeremy Cooper, 1500, 3000
Sebastien Diebel, 800, 2000 Steeple