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Jul 28, 2011 - ASEA Captures Top Team Title at Atlantic Track & Field Championships
Moncton's Athlétisme Sud-Est/South East Athletics captured the team title for the fourth consecutive year at the Atlantic track and field championships at the Université de Moncton on the weekend.

ASEA finished in first place with 571 points, ahead of the Saint John Track Club (417) and Pearlgate Track and Field Club of Mount Pearl, N.L. (320).

ASEA collected 29 first-place, 19 second-place and 10 third-place finishes en route to the team victory.

The event featured a record number of participants with 306 athletes registered from all four Atlantic provinces representing 21 organizations.

The core group attending the competition consisted of each province's legion team (13-17 year olds) that will be heading out to compete at the Canadian Legion championships in Ottawa in the first week of August.

Top place finishers in their respective age groups were James Brace and Veronica Coombes each in the 100, 200 and 400 metre wheelchair, Joey Boudreau in the F33 discus, shot put and javelin, Jacob Bradley in the 80 and 150 metre 12-13 races, Pierre Landry in men's long jump and triple jump, Alex Stuart in men's 400m hurdles and high jump (plus second in 100 metre hurdles), Chris Robertson in discus and pole vault, Pascal Cyr in javelin, Jacob Bradley in 100m and 200m hurdles, Lee Wesselius in 3,000 metres, Sébastien LeBlanc in 80 metre hurdles (second in 200 metre hurdles and third in long jump), Nicolas McLean in high jump (second in 80 metres and long jump and third in 150 metres), Jeffrey Wesselius in long jump, Sarah Taplin in long jump (second in triple Jump), Momodou Kujabi in men's 200 metre (second in 100 metre), Joshua Cormier in 200m hurdles, Paul Thibodeau in the 35 5,000 metres (second in 1,500 metres and third in 400 metres), Stéphanie Marquis in women's javelin, Danielle Kinas in 100 metre hurdles and Katie McLellan in midget javelin.

Other multi-medal winners were Michael Campbell (second in 800 metres and 400 metres and third in 200 metres), Lola O'Reilly (second in 80 metres and 150 metres), Fodé Daramé (second in 200 metres and 3rd in 100 metres), Abbigail Melanson (second in 100 metre wheelchair and javelin) and Sebastien Muller (second in 200 metre hurdles and triple jump).

Completing ASEA's medal count were Hebert Dylan (second in 1,500 metres), Marco Boudreau (second in 80 metre hurdles and javelin) and Brandon Cleghorn (third in high jump). ASEA`s relay teams also took first place in the 4x100 metre and second in the 4x400 metre.

Also of note on the weekend were the fabulous performances by six top New Brunswick male athletes in the decathlon that saw Mitch Quigg of the Saint John club finish with the highest total score while Jean Marc Doiron of Club O2 took second place and Jason MacKenzie, a Université de Moncton student, took third place. Pascal Cyr of ASEA also completed the gruelling two-day 10 event competition with a fifth-place finish. Lindsay Gauvin of club d'athlétisme Chaleur also successfully completed her first octathlon.

Jul 11, 2011 - Chris Robertson - Decathlon Medallist at 2011 Canadian Juniors

WINNIPEG - New Brunswick athletes are continuing to excel at national track and field competition.

Grande-Digue's Ryan Cassidy captured a silver medal in the 3,000-metre steeplechase at the Canadian junior track and field championships in Winnipeg during the weekend.

Cassidy, whose time of 9:05.57 was just .01 behind winner Gareth Hadfield of Calgary, earned a spot on the Canadian team that will compete at the junior Pan-Am Championships July 22-24 in Miramar, Fla.

This will be Cassidy's second national junior team. He was a member of the Canadian team that competed at last year's IAAF world junior championships in Moncton.

Chris Robertson of Moncton also enjoyed a strong showing.

He finished third in the decathlon, which included a personal-best performance in seven events, which is almost unheard of in a decathlon.

His combined score for the event 6,401 beat his own New Brunswick record by almost than 600 points.

His discus toss of 44.52 broke the junior discus New Brunswick record that has been standing since 1993.

"We are extremely pleased with these performances as they show the improvement of our athletes and programs," said Athletics New Brunswick technical director Gabriel LeBlanc.

He added that having Cassidy qualify for Pan-Am juniors and Robertson just missing qualifying for these championships may inspire other New Brunswick athletes

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