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May 24, 2011 - Michael LeBlanc in the Times & Transcript

Article in the T&T of May 24 2011- Riverview sprinter Michael LeBlanc is making a strong charge toward earning a spot on the Canadian team that will compete at the IAAF world track and field championships later this summer in Daegu, South Korea.

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Riverview's Michael LeBlanc is making a run at landing a spot on Canada's 4x100 relay team.

LeBlanc, a member of Metro Moncton's Athletisme Sud-Est Southeast Athletics (ASEA), placed second in the 100-metre final at the Ottawa Springtime Invitational Saturday.

His time of 10.35 seconds was just .02 seconds behind winner Gavin Smellie of Ontario. LeBlanc and Smellie are the top two 100-metre runners in Canada this year.

LeBlanc, a former standout at Syracuse University, is aiming for a spot on the national 4x100 relay team that will compete in Korea.

LeBlanc heads to Europe, where he will be competing on one of two Canadian 4x100 teams in several international competitions.

LeBlanc will run at the Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium on July 8, when ASEA hosts the Hub City Track and Field Classic, a high-performance meet that will include some of Canada's fastest runners.

LeBlanc's performance was one of several highlights by southeastern New Brunswick athletes during the weekend.

Also competing in Ottawa was Moncton's Chris Robertson, who recorded a New Brunswick junior record with his point total of 5,830 in the decathlon. His score stands as the best junior total in Canada this year.

Robertson, also a member of ASEA, is closing in on the 6,200 qualifying point total required for a possible selection in the Pan-American junior championships that begin July 22 in Miramar, Florida.

The young Western University student is also considered a serious medal contender at this summer's Canadian junior championship, which begin July 8 in Winnipeg.

Meanwhile, Moncton's Geneviève Lalonde improved her previous best steeplechase performance of 9:57.74 set last summer at the world juniors in Moncton, with her seventh-place finish at the prestigious Oxy Performance Invitational in Los Angeles Saturday in a time of 9:55.01, a new New Brunswick record.

This is the second time this year the 19-year-old Guelph University student has run under the 10:10 qualification standard to the World University Games slated for China in mid-August and is approaching the 9:50 mark necessary for an athlete in the "rising star" category to be selected to the Canadian team at the world IAAF championship in Korea.

Also competing at the same meet was defending Canadian steeple champion Dana Buchanan of Ontario, who won her B heat in a personal best time of 10:05.71. Lalonde and Buchanan will face off against one another at next month's Canadian championships in Calgary on June 23.

Grande-Digue's Ryan Cassidy recorded a time of 9:12.00 in his steeplechase heat at the Boston High Performance during the past weekend, a time that also ranks him the top junior in Canada so far this year and meets the qualifying standard of 9:30 for the Pan-American Juniors.


May 17, 2011 - ASEA Shines at World Athletics Day - Moncton Stadium

Athlétisme Sud-Est/Athletics South-East Athletics Association (ASEA) recorded its best ever warm up track and field meet Saturday at Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium. A total of 246 participants competed in 515 events. "On all counts, we lived up to the honour and expectations as the Canadian IAAF site to celebrate world athletics day," said Athletics New Brunswick's technical director Gabriel LeBlanc. "We saw a 50 per cent increase in participation from our previous spring meet plus the performances were outstanding with no less than six new provincial records being broken."

Meet director Peter Stuart, who also serves as ASEA's head coach, said athletes from all over the Maritimes as well as Ontario and Quebec competed. "We are finding many athletes are being drawn to our programs as they discover the benefits track and field brings to their development," Stuart said. "As well it offers outstanding opportunities to travel and compete in different regions of the country and this perhaps more than any other sports."

The stadium's Mondo track, the fastest in the world, lived up to its billing. One of the highlights was the 1,500 metre race with Université de Moncton athlete of the year Jean-Marc Doiron defeating Canadian world junior team member Ryan Cassidy by 0.17 seconds, in a time of 3:58.30 a personal best. Right behind in third place at 3:59.15 was 16-year-old Nick MacMackin of Saint John, whose time met the qualification standards for the 2011 Canadian team to this summer's world's youth championships in Lille, France.

Another young upstart was 13-year-old Moncton sprinter Nicholas Maclean of ASEA, who improved his own provincial records in the 80m (11.3 seconds) and the 150m (20.28). Veronica Coombes, one of the youngest and brightest wheelchair athletes from Moncton, also bettered her provincial record with a time of 41.58 in the 200m T54 bantam as did James Brace in the 400m T54 senior at 1:10.33.

"The quality and the diversity of our programs at ASEA are certainly showing," Stuart said. "Our local athletes, whether they are able-body, para, or visually-impaired, are developing smartly and much of the credit goes to our dedicated team of 15 coaches. They are doing an incredible job. We are on track to produce top national athletes."

Other provincial records broken were by Marilyne Nowlan (Club Elite) in the 80m (10.85 seconds) and the 150m (19.81) as well as Chelsey Hall (Fredericton Fast Tracks) in the 1,200m Benjamin class (3:53.35).

Notable results by local athletes include:

At the elementary school level: Jeremie Gervais (Anna Malenfant) 1st 60m, 600m, long jump; Trent Daigle (Bessborough) 2nd 600m, long jump, shot put.

At the middle school level: Selina Roberts (ASEA) 1st 800m; Dominique Steeves (Carrefour l'Acadie) 1st high jump; Isabelle Harrigan 1st shot put; Christelle Frenette (Carrfour l'Acadie) 2nd at 80m, 150m, shot put; Valerie Belliveau (Carrefour l'Acadie) 2nd at 80m, 1,200m; Sébastien LeBlanc (Carrefour l'Acadie) 2nd 80m, high jump; Austin Roberts (ASEA) 2nd 800m, 1,200m; Ryan Gamblin (Bessborough) 1st at shot put.

At junior high school: Shawna McKay (Harrison Trimble) 2nd 100m, 200m; Monica LeBlanc (Mathieu Martin) 2nd long jump; Yannick Lepage 2nd 1,500m, Jake Bradley (Riverview High) 2nd high jump; Jean-Dennis Bourque 1st shot put; Ludovic Hivon-St-Arnaud 2nd 200m and 800m;

At senior high school level:

Aaron LeBlanc (Mathieu Martin) 1st shot put; Ben Grass (Riverview) 2nd shot put; Sarah Taplin (Moncton High) 1st long jump;

In the Open category: Momodou Kujabi (ASEA) 1st in the 100m; Chris Robertson (ASEA) 1st high jump; Pierre Landry (ASEA) 1st long jump; Pascal Cyr (ASEA) 1st shot put;

At the Para-Olympic level: James Brace (ASEA) 1st at each of 100m/200m/400m; Veronica Coombs (ASEA) 1st at 100m/200m/400m; Joey Boudreau (ASEA) 1st discus /javelin and Canadian Para team member hopeful, Shayne Dobson 1st in the 800m and 1,500m T-37 class

Athletes also enjoyed the day with the sponsorship support of the local dairy producers group with complimentary milk products for everyone. “They are a natural sponsor for us and vice versa”, adds Peter Stuart, “the health and recovery benefits of chocolate milk are well known. It was great to have their support”.

May 9, 2011 - Degrace runs Boston

ASEA Masters runner Claude Degrace of Moncton recently ran the Boston Marathon held last April 18th.  Claude was able to cover the 26.2 Mile course in a time of 3:17:06 to place 4346 overall.

Degrace also placed 61st in his age category of 55-59.  It is to note that this years edition of the Boston Marathon saw two Atlantic Canadian Masters women finish 1st and 2nd overall canadian women!

PEI's Jen Nicholsen hit the line in 2:47:00 while Miramichi's very own Paula Keating was a close second behind with a new personal best of 2:47:26. 

This years edition of the Boston Marathon saw the fastest time ever run at the distance in a time of 2:03:02.  Because of the net elevation drop in the course,  this cannot be recognized as an official world record.  The current world record is held by Haile Gebrasilasie of Ehiopia in 2:03:59.  

Congratulations to Claude and all the local masters runners who participated in this years race.

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