Monday, May 30, 2011

Proudfoot Breaks Canadian Record

Track North Press Release: "Proudfoot Breaks Canadian Record"

Track North Athletic Club's Ross Proudfoot, 18 (Lively, ON) broke the
longstanding Canadian Junior Record for 2,000 metres at the Speed River
Inferno Track Meet this past weekend in Guelph, ON.

Competing in a field that included 2008 Olympian, Taylor Milne and 2009
World Championship competitor Reid Coolsaet, Proudfoot ran to a finishing
time of 5 minutes, 16.06 seconds.  This bettered the previous national
junior record of 5:19.9 set by Rob Lonergan in the 1970's.  Milne won the
race in a time of 5 minutes, 1.57 seconds, breaking the national senior
record in the process. Coolsaet finished second in 5:15.39, with Proudfoot
claiming the bronze.

The 2000m race is rarely contested in North America but the organizers of
the Inferno meet put the event on the schedule in hopes of attracting a
quality field of Canadian and American middle distance runners to chase down
their national records.

"Reid and I worked well together to keep our splits even over the first four
laps and then we both had something left in the tank on that last lap to
push hard for home.  I'm incredibly happy to have broken such a longstanding
record" commented Proudfoot following the race.

"Ross has had an amazing week" commented Proudfoot's Track North coach,
Darren Jermyn.  "In a span of seven days, he's set new personal bests in the
1500m and 800m and claimed a national junior record.  Not a bad way to kick
off the season!"

Emma Tallman, 20 (Mindemoya, ON) won a silver medal in the Women's 800m
event setting a new personal best time of 2 minutes, 12.83 seconds.

Other Track North Results from the Speed River Inferno include:
Joe Burke - Men's 800m - 14th - 1:59.78
Eric Leishman - Men's 1500m - 18th - 4:14.94

Meet Results, Race Video and Post Race Interview:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"Ellerton and Proudfoot Ranked #1 Nationally"

Track North Athletic Club's Andrew Ellerton and Ross Proudfoot are both ranked #1 in Canada following their outstanding performances this past weekend.
Ellerton,28, competing in the 800m event at the USATF High Performance Meet at Occidental College in California, finshed with a time of 1 minute 46.39 seconds.  This placed him 9th overall in the competition but will rank him number one in Canada when the updated Athletics Canada rankings are released later today. A video of his race is at:

Proudfoot, 18, competing in the open men's 1500m event at the Windsor Open ran a four second personal best finishing 4th in a time 3 minutes, 46.70 seconds.  This time ranks Proudfoot number one in Canada for Junior (19 and under) aged athletes.

Interview with Ross: -46-70-Mens-1500-Post-Race-University-of-Windsor-Open-401-Distance-Series-2011

Athletics Canada Rankings can be found at:

Other fine Track North Performances from the Windsor Open include:
Open Women:
Emma Tallman - 800m - 2:14.77 - 6th
Open Men:
Chantry Cargill - 1500m - 3:57.49 - 19th
Joe Burke - 800m - 1:58.61 - 15th
Eric Leishman - 800m - 1:59.02 - 16th

City Champs - Randy Pascal Articles

Sports Hall of Fame Awards - Congrats!

The annual House of Kin Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame Awards finalists have been announced, and Track North is well represented.

Here are the finalists from TNOR:

  • Coach of the Year: Darren Jermyn
  • Elite Athlete of the Year: Ross Proudfoot and Alumni, Devon Kershaw
  • Import Athlete of the Year: Eric Leishman (Cambrian College)
  • High School Female Athlete of the Year: Katie Wismer (Lockerby)
  • And finally, Team of the Year: Track North!!!

Congratulations, everybody - the nominations are much deserved!
Here's the article in the Sudbury Star.

P.S. Frequent road race organizer and TNOR/Laurentian helper-outer, Vince Perdue, has also been nominated for the Administration Award!

P.S. Eric Leishman is coached by TNOR coach and runner, Meghan Juuti!

Friday, May 20, 2011

City Champs - Sudbury Star Articles

The media coverage of the city championships has been exceptional, and here are some articles from the Sudbury Star:

Zvia and Abram Mazal

Top-5 Reasons to Love Track (Dave Makela - Sudbury Rainbow Athletics Coordinator)
Katie Wismer & Hayley Maziarski Photo

City Champs Photos

Way to go at the City Championships everybody. Photos are now on our Photobucket
site at:

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Sudbury Star article on Alicia Violin

There's a Laura Young article in the Sudbury Star on TNOR jumper, Alicia Violin. Click here:

Monday, May 02, 2011

Sudbury Rocks Photos

Photos from the Sudbury Rocks Run for Diabetes are on the PhotoBucket website

Proudfoot runs 14:50 for 5km at Stanford

Track North Athletic Club's Ross Proudfoot (Lively, ON) competed Sunday at
the Payton Jordan Invitational Track and Field Meet hosted by Stanford
University in California.  Competing in the collegiate 5000m race, Proudfoot
ran a time of 14 minutes 50.32 seconds, good for 19th spot overall.

Blackfly Relays Photos Available

The photos from last weekend's Blackfly Relays are on our PhotoBucket page at:

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Jeremy Cooper sets 3000m PB at Rowland Games

Track North's Jeremy Cooper, competing for Manitoulin Secondary ran to a new
personal best over 3000m this weekend at the Nike Rowland Games Invitational
3000m at Etobicoke Stadium.  Jeremy's time of 8:41.67 placed him 12th
overall in a very deep field.  Congrats Jeremy!

Rebecca Johnston & Alannah MacLean

Way to go, Rebecca Johnston!  In the final game at the World Women's hockey championships, Rebecca scored with only four minutes left to take the game into overtime.  Team USA scored in OT to win the championship, but it was an excellent showing by both Team Canada and Rebecca, who scored four goals in five games and was Team Canada's top scorer.

Congratulations also, to Alannah MacLean. Alannah, who placed 3rd in the Canadian Junior Nordic Skiing Championships this winter (in the 7.5km), has been selected to enter the National Training Centre for Nordic skiing in Thunder Bay. She's one of only three female skiers who will attend the centre. Alannah moves to T-Bay in early July.

Proudfoot starts outdoor season with 5k race in California

Track North Athletic Club's Ross Proudfoot (Lively, ON) will open his 2011
outdoor track and field season this weekend by competing at the Payton
Jordan Invitational hosted by Stanford University in Paolo Alto, California.

Proudfoot will compete in the 5000m event against elite level university
athletes from across North America.

Proudfoot, who just completed his first year of competing for the University
of Guelph, commented prior to departing for California, "After a few weeks
of being sick during my final exams, I've had a solid week of training back
home with my Track North teammates and I'm ready to see what I can do very
early in the season."

Following his race at Stanford, Proudfoot will attend a national team
training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona for two weeks.  There he will train
alongside fellow Track North athlete, Andrew Ellerton, who is also preparing
for the upcoming outdoor season.

The Payton Jordan event will be broadcast live at

Live results and Twitter feed will be available at:\