Sunday, February 27, 2011
Sunday, February 20th, 2011
Track North's Ross Proudfoot (Lively, ON) won his first gold medal in international competition this past weekend by running to first place at the NACAC (North America, Central America and Caribbean) Junior Cross Country Championships in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Competing as part of Team Canada, Proudfoot covered the 6km course in 18 minutes, 26.74 seconds to claim gold. Proudfoot finished just ahead of teammates Connor Darlington (Toronto, ON) and Paul Janikowski (Windsor, ON) as Canada swept the medals and took the team title, ahead of the United States and Puerto Rico.
By virtue of their performance, Proudfoot and his teammates will represent Canada next month at the IAAF World Cross-Country Running Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain.
"My plan for the race was to start easier and pick it up as I went. I didn't want to push too hard early with the heat and have a rough back end of the race. The race played out really nice for me and had a relatively comfortable first 3 kilometres and I was able to really push the pace on the last kilometer to take the gold" commented Proudfoot following the race.
When asked about what it was like to win his first international competition, he noted: "It was a really neat experience being able to stand on top of an international podium, but what was even better is I got to do it with the rest of my team as we swept the podium and won the championship. All of team Canada was from Ontario so I got to race alongside all of the guys I'm normally up against and being able to drop the last American with my two other teammates and sweep the medals was definitely the coolest thing I've ever been a part of in any race."
With respect to qualifying for the World Championships - "It was great to be able to book our seat for Worlds, we have a strong team that works really good together so we should be able to do very well for a Canadian team and hopefully will mix it up with some of the teams in the top half of the event."
Prior to heading off to Spain, Proudfoot will complete his first year of university indoor track competition with the provincial OUA championships this upcoming weekend in Toronto and the national CIS Championships March 10-12 in Sherbrooke, QC.
Track North Press Release
Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Indoor Track and Field Championships
"Proudfoot Golden Again"
"Wins OUA 3000m gold, 1500m bronze. Ehrhardt also medals twice."
Less than a week after capturing his first gold medal in international
competition at the North American, Central American and Caribbean
Cross-Country championships in Trinidad, Track North Athletic Club's Ross
Proudfoot (Lively, ON) returned to the Ontario University indoor track
circuit to claim gold in the 3000m event at the OUA Championships contested
this past weekend at York University.
Competing for the University of Guelph, Proudfoot made a definitive move
with 600 metres remaining to break free of the lead pack and claimed the
gold medal in a new personal best time of 8 minutes 16.95 seconds. Paul
Janikowski (8:20.75) and Matt Walters (8:22.51) of the University of Windsor
took the silver and bronze medals respectively.
"The goal going into the race was to better the CIS standard of 8:20 and
contribute as many points towards our team score" commented Proudfoot
following the race. "I ran an even race from the gun and the leaders
eventually came back to me with about 800 metres to go. I felt confident I
could kick from far out so I pushed hard with 3 laps to go and then again on
the last lap."
Proudfoot also claimed the bronze medal in the 1500m event on Saturday,
running an indoor personal best of 3 minutes, 51.41 seconds. Guelph
teammate, Kyle Boorsma took the gold in 3 minutes, 49.32 seconds.
Caroline Ehrhardt (Espanola, ON), competing for the University of Western
Ontario also had in impressive rookie debut at the Ontario Championships by
claiming two medals in the horizontal jumping events. Ehrhardt won a silver
medal in the long jump with a best jump of 5.67 metres. Neb Zachariah of
the University of Windsor won the event with a best jump of 5.70 metres.
Ehrhardt also claimed a bronze medal in the triple jump with a best jump of
Emma Tallman (Mindemoya, ON), competing for Laurentian University earned two
top-10 places finishes at the OUA Championships. Tallman ran the 1000m
event in a time of 2 minutes, 57.56 seconds, finishing 9th. She also came
9th in the 600m event with a final time of 1 minute 36.30 seconds.
Full OUA Results at:
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
"Being able to wear the Canadian jersey has been the biggest moment in my running career so far, so to be able to once again represent Canada in the same year is even more exciting for me."
How have you prepared for this competition?
"Having already had the chance to compete in international competition definitely has helped me prepare mentally for this event. I know what to expect at events like this, and should be very comfortable heading into my race. As for training before this competition it has been a little harder to prepare for as I have also been running an indoor track season as well as had some injury problems. But despite that, I've still been able to get outside and get some good cross country workouts in, and have also been running running quite well on the track."
"Looking at the times from the United States nationals and how the competition normally plays out at this event, I'm looking at running up with the front group and seeing how it plays out."
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Feb 12th, 2011
Five Track North athletes travelled to Ottawa this past weekend to compete
in the Ottawa Lions WinterNational Invitational held at the 400m indoor Dome
at Louis Riel.
Each athlete set at a new indoor personal best or alltime PB!!
Open Women - 60m Hurdles
Grace Thomson - 7th - 9.69 (9.40 in the heats)
Open Men - 3000m
Jeremy Cooper - 6th - 8:45.42
Chantry Cargill - 8th - 8:50.05
Open Men - 1500m
Joe Burke - 9th - 4:18.20
Seb Diebel - 11th - 4:21.50
Open Men - 100m
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Track North Athletic Club's Ross Proudfoot (Lively, ON), competing for the
University of Guelph bettered the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS)
national qualifying standard for the 1500m event this past weekend at the
GaREAT College Invitational in Geneva Ohio this past weekend.
Competing in the traditional mile event (1609m) against several top NCAA
ranked schools, Proudfoot finished 10th in a time of 4 minutes 8.75 seconds.
This time is equivalent to a 3:50.55 1500m and is an indoor personal best
for Proudfoot and qualifies him to compete at the CIS Indoor National
Championships in Sherbrooke, March 10-12.
"The injuries that slowed me down in December and early January have
thankfully healed up and I'm starting to feel much stronger now. I ran a
very even race today and felt comfortable running fast again. I really only
a few weeks of solid interval training under my belt this season so I'm
excited to see what I can do in my upcoming races" commented Proudfoot.
Proudfoot continues to train for both the Canadian university indoor track
season in addition to preparing to compete for Canada at the North
American-Caribbean Cross Country Championships being contest in Trinidad on
Full GaREAT Meet Results: