BC Athletics Track & Field Media Releases 

Aug 23/02 -- BC/Yukon athletes perform brilliantly at the Royal Canadian Legion Track & Field National Championships
Aug 16/02 -- BC athletes shine at 2002 NACAC Track & Field Championships
Aug 13/02 -- BC athletes to compete at the Royal Canadian Legion Track & Field Championships
Aug 7/02 -- 3 athletes, 2 staff named to 2002 Canadian NACAC Team
Aug 1/02 -- BC Track & Field athletes excel at Commonwealth Games
July 10/02 -- Over 200 athletes to compete at BC Provincial Junior Championships
July 3/02 -- 8 BC athletes named to Canadian Commonwealth Games Track & Field Team
June 24/02 -- BC athletes perform admirably at Commonwealth Trials
June 19/02 -- BC T&F athletes to compete at Commonwealth Games Trials
May 21/02 -- US Army invades New Westminster
May 12/02 -- Margaret Butler sets a new Canadian Record
May 10/02 -- Men's 800m - Race to watch at the Harry Jerome Track Classic
May 3/02 -- Vancouver's Alison Rendell ready for 10km challenge at the Harry Jerome Track Classic

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BC Athletics Media Release
For immediate release: August 23, 2002

BC/Yukon Athletes Perform Brilliantly at the Royal Canadian Legion Track and Field National Championships

Sherbrooke, Quebec – British Columbian/Yukon athletes hit paydirt last weekend at the Legion national juvenile track and field championships, bringing home so many medals that it was wondered if a second plane would be needed to carry the extra weight. Out of 40 athletes, 57 events in total, the contingent of the BC/Yukon Legion Command team brought home a phenomenal 38 medals. The 38 medals included 18 gold, 14 silver, and 6 bronze, not bad for a weekend's work. Leading the way was Surrey's Yvonne Mensah, who went three for three – gold in the 100 metres, 200 metres, and anchoring the 4 by 100 metre relay to a new juvenile national record.

The Legion national juvenile championships consists of athletes aged 16-17 (in addition to another section of the legion nationals, for 14-15 year olds), and included about 350 athletes from all across Canada. The Royal Canadian Legion sponsors and puts on the championships, as well as the three days of technical track and field camps and games that take place afterwards. BC Athletics wishes to thank the Royal Canadian Legion and its branches for their continued support in providing Canada with an excellent developmental program for young track and field stars.

Complete results for BC/Yukon athletes are as follows:

Name Events Place Result City
Athletes

Ballard, Carmen 800m 1st 2:17.46 Kelowna
Ballard, 1500m 1st 4:42.37 Kelowna
Borowsky, Cristyn 100m 6th 12.61 Kamloops
Borowsky, Long Jump 4th 5.11m Kamloops
Chisholm, Catrina Hammer 1st 50.77m Delta
Chisholm, Discus 1st 39.26m Delta
Clare, Christopher 200m 9th(semis) 22.53 Campbell River
Clifford, Kerri Pole Vault 1st 3.05m Abbotsford
Czuba, Tyler Hammer Throw 2nd 57.79m Kelowna
Dalin, Alia Javelin 2nd 37.69m Chase
Dalin, Shot Put 10th 9.16m Chase
Dawes, Amanda Heptathlon 1st 2659 Nanaimo
Hadfield, Carly Pole Vault 5th 3.00m Victoria
Hewitt, Claudette 200m 5th 24.90 Victoria
Hulstein, Rodney 3000m 4th 9:07.92 Yukon
Hunnings, Alexandra Hammer Throw 3rd 44.78m N. Vancouver
Huzzey, Megan 1500m Racewalk 1st 6:40.51 Victoria
Johns, Adelle 100m Hurdles 5th 15.37 Richmond
Kirby, Owen Javelin 6th 54.75m Quesnel
Kolstad, Kristen 800m 3rd 2:19.73 Surrey
Kolstad, 1500m 5th 4:51.70 Surrey
Laforest, Sean Discus 4th 45.49m Mission
Laforest, Hammer 1st 58.78m Mission
Macalister, Mandy 3000m 2nd 10:21.02 Burnaby
Martinson, Geoffrey 400m 3rd 50.26 Prince George
Martinson, 800m 2nd 1:54.98 Prince George
Mason, Michael High Jump 1st 2.00m Nanoose Bay
McCallum, Graeme Heptathlon 1st 2952 Victoria
Mensah, Yvonne 100m 1st 11.79 Surrey
Mensah, 200m 1st 23.67 Surrey
Mouldey, Kevin Shot Put 6th 14.64m Langley
Noble, Marc 110m Hurdles 2nd 14.46 N. Vancouver
Noble, Marc Long Jump 1st 6.52m N. Vancouver
Ouwerkerk, Melinda 3000m 3rd 10:25.76 Abbotsford
Park, Ben Javelin 4th 56.86m Surrey,
Patterson, Mikaela Discus 2nd 37.81m Abbotsford
Patterson, Shot Put 2nd 11.27m Abbotsford
Pickard, Joshua 100m 5th 11.06 Surrey
Rhodes, Scott 800m 12th 2:00.51 Mission
Rhodes, 1500m 11th 4:12.94 Mission
Richardson, Brock Discus 2nd 49.11m 150 Mile House
Rogers, Jennifer 400m 4th 57.03 Parksville
Rogers, Long Jump 2nd 5.60m Parksville
Rogers, Triple Jump 2nd 11.40m Parksville
Shimell, Jordan 400m 4th 50.67 Port Alberni
Shimell, 400m Hurdles 2nd 57.42 Port Alberni
Strukoff, Blake 100m 9th(semis) 11.35 Sidney
Strukoff, 200m 6th 22.39 Sidney
Sutherland, Fredrick Pole Vault 1st 4.10m Abbotsford
Swift, Cameron 1500m Steeple 3rd 4:27.43 Prince George
Vaughan, Jarid High Jump 4th 1.90m Langley
Wallbank, Mark 400m Hurdles 4th 58.70 Maple Ridge
Wallbank, Mark Long Jump 5th 6.19m Maple Ridge
Waters, Mitchell Pole Vault 3rd 4.00m Kamloops
Willock, Tamara High Jump 2nd 1.60m Sidney
Winter, Chris 3000m 1st 8:58.68 N. Vancouver
Winter, 1500m Steeple 1st 4:14.72 N. Vancouver

Gold medals were also won by the women's 4 by 100 metre relay and the men's 4 by 400 metre relay, and silvers were won by the women's 4 by 400 metre relay and the women's 4 by 100 metre relay.

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BC Athletics Media Release
For Immediate Release: August 16, 2002

BC Athletes Shine at 2002 NACAC Track and Field Championships

San Antonio, Texas – While the BC contingent might have been small, the contribution they made was without a doubt huge. The 2002 North American, Caribbean, and Central American (NACAC) under twenty-five track and field championships were held last weekend, and the three British Columbians out of the forty athletes on the Canadian team showed the competition what they were made of. Leading the way was North Vancouver's Ian Collings, who took home the silver medal in the 3000 metre Steeplechase. Collings ran (and hurdled) the distance in a time of 8:59.73, losing only to one of the top steeplechasers from the United States.

Jas Gill of Mission also competed well, tying for the bronze medal in the men's high jump. Gill cleared the bar at 2.15 metres, and was only 3 centimetres behind the gold and silver medalists. Jennifer Joyce of Richmond also took home the bronze, winning the medal in the women's hammer throw. Joyce threw the hammer 58.61 metres in distance, and placed third to two of the best hammer throwers from the US.

All in all, Canada took home twenty medals (4 gold, 7 silver, 9 bronze), with the BC contingent going an excellent three for three. The twenty medals gained was second only to the United States, who took home sixty-seven medals, but also fielded a much larger team. Jamaica took home twelve medals, with Mexico and the Bahamas taking nine.

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BC Athletics Media Release
For immediate Release: August 13th, 2002

BC Athletes to Compete at the Royal Canadian Legion National Track and Field Championships

Sherbrooke, Quebec – 39 athletes and 7 staff members from British Columbia will be heading to Sherbrooke, Quebec this week for the 2002 Royal Canadian Legion Track and Field Championships. The Championships, consisting of athletes aged 12-17, will take place on the dates of August 17th and 18th, and will be followed by tour activities and training clinics for the next three days. For almost all of these athletes, this will be their first taste of competition on a national level.

The members of the team represent communities all across BC, from Elkford to Prince George. The BC athletes will be among 350 athletes competing at the Championships, with each Legion Provincial Command territory fielding a team (BC Athletes are among the BC/Yukon Command team). The competition is excellent, and has been the starting point for many high calibre Canadian track and field international stars (such as Shane Neimi, the current national record holder in the 400m).

The Royal Canadian Legion is a vital supporter of the championships and subsequent camp, providing both financial support and countless hours of volunteer support. The Legion's involvement in track and field goes as far back as the 1950's, with national camps and clinics being supported as early as 1957. Support for the BC/Yukon team is provided by the Dominion and BC/Yukon Commands of the Royal Canadian Legion, as well as BC Athletics and member track and field clubs. The British Columbian contingent will be joined by one athlete and one coach from the Yukon. Athletes and staff on the team are as follows:

Name Events City
 
Athletes
Ballard, Carmen R. 800m / 1500m Kelowna
Borowsky, Cristyn E. 100m / Long Jump Kamloops
Chisholm, Catrina M. Hammer / Discus Delta
Clare, Christopher M. 200m Campbell River
Clifford, Kerri M. Pole Vault Abbotsford
Czuba, Tyler P. Hammer Throw Kelowna
Dalin, Alia M. Javelin Chase
Dawes, Amanda A. Heptathlon Nanaimo
Gamble, Quinton Long Jump Fort St. John
Hadfield, Carly Pole Vault Victoria
Hewitt, Claudette P. 200m Victoria
Hunnings, Alexandra Hammer Throw North Vancouver
Hulstein, Rodney (Yukon) 3000m Whitehorse, YU
Huzzey, Megan C. 1500m Racewalk Victoria
Johns, Adelle L. 100m Hurdles Richmond
Kirby, Owen Javelin Quesnel
Kolstad, Kristen A. 800m / 1500m Surrey
Laforest, Sean P. Discus/Hammer Mission
Macalister, Mandy 3000m Burnaby
Martinson, Geoffrey B. 400m / 800m Prince George
Mason, Michael R. High Jump Nanoose Bay
McCallum, Graeme Heptathlon Victoria
Mensah, Yvonne G. 100m / 200m Surrey
Mouldey, Kevin R. Shot Put Langley
Noble, Marc E. 100m Hurdles North Vancouver
Ouwerkerk, Melinda C. 3000m Abbotsford
Park, Ben Javelin Surrey
Patterson, Mikaela A. Discus Abbotsford
Pickard, Joshua G. 100m Surrey
Rhodes, Scott J. 800m Mission
Richardson, Brock Discus 150 Mile House
Rogers, Jennifer L. 400m / Long / Triple Parksville
Shimell, Jordan J. 400m / 400mH Port Alberni
Strukoff, Blake M. 100m / 200m Sidney
Sutherland, Fredrick Pole Vault Abbotsford
Vaughan, Jarid B. High Jump Langley
Wallbank, Mark D. 400m Hurdles Maple Ridge
Waters, Mitchell D. Pole Vault Kamloops
Willock, Tamara High Jump Sidney
Winter, Chris 3000m North Vancouver
 
Staff
La Lone, Linda Throws Kelowna
Thibodeau, Leon Chaperone Armstrong
Thibodeau, Shelly Chaperone Armstrong
Munro, Marcus Chaperone Elkford
Northey, Susan Head Coach / Dist Sardis
Noble, Linda Sprints / Hurdles North Vancouver
White, Don (Yukon) Distance / Jumps Whitehorse

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BC Athletics Media Release
For immediate release: August 7th, 2002

3 Athletes, 2 Staff Named to 2002 Canadian NACAC Team

Vancouver, BC – 5 British Columbian athletes and staff members were named to this year's Canadian NACAC track and field team, to compete at the 2002 NACAC Championships held in San Antonio, Texas on August 9th to 11th. The NACAC region consists of countries from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean (NACAC), making it quite a strong region indeed in terms of track and field talent. To be eligible athletes must be under twenty-five years of age, and had to meet a tough performance standard. This is also only the second NACAC track and field championships ever held, the inaugural one being held two years ago in Monterrey, Mexico. A total of forty Canadian athletes and 12 staff members will be making the trip down to Texas.

While the British Columbian contingent is small, the talent is exceedingly excellent. The three athletes British Columbian on the team are Jas Gill of Abbotsford (high jump), Jennifer Joyce of Richmond (Hammer Throw), and Ian Collings of North Vancouver (3000 metre Steeplechase). Joyce just recently returned from the Commonwealth Games, where she placed an impressive seventh overall in the Hammer Throw. As well, Collings is the silver medallist in the 3000m steeplechase at the recently held National Championships in Edmonton, where Jas Gill also placed fourth in the High jump. All three are excellent competitors, and will no doubt be gunning for gold.

Also on the team are coach Ziggy Szelagowicz of Abbotsford, and physiotherapist Mike Coey of Victoria. Szelagowicz is a renowned field coach in the lower mainland, having helped many high jump and pole vault athletes achieve excellence. Mike Coey, an excellent distance runner in the past, has spent countless hours treating injuries, and preparing athletes to achieve their best.

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BC Athletics Media Release
For Immediate Release: August 1st, 2002

BC Track and Field Athletes Excel at Commonwealth Games

Manchester, England Track and field competition at the Commonwealth Games wrapped up yesterday, but not before the eight BC Athletes on the Canadian team made a bold statement. Leading the way was Victoria's Diane Cummins, who captured the silver medal in the 800m with a seasonal best time of 1 minute, 58.82 seconds one of the fastest times ever run by a Canadian. Cummins placed second only to Mozambique's Maria Mutola, who is currently ranked 1st in the world by the IAAF at the distance.

Also capturing a medal was Surrey's Stephanie McCann, who finished in a three-way tie for the bronze medal in the pole vault competition. Stephanie, having just recently broken her own Canadian record in the discipline, cleared a height of 4.10 metres.

Graham Hood of Victoria also put in an excellent effort, finishing fifth in the 1500m with a time of 3 minutes, 38.08 seconds. The placing is even more impressive due to the fact that Hood only ran a handful of races this season, the result of a nagging, persistent leg injury. 

Complete results by BC athletes are as follows:

Women:

Diane Cummins Victoria 800m 2nd (Final) 1:58.82
    1500m 9th (Final) 4:14.83
Stephanie McCann Surrey Pole Vault 3rd (Final) 4.10m
Jennifer Joyce Richmond Hammer Throw 7th (Final) 60.39m
Courtney Babcock Victoria 5000m 8th (Final) 15:42.83
Ardin Tucker Kelowna Pole Vault 7th (Semi) 3.80m

Men:

Graham Hood Victoria 1500m 5th (Final) 3:38.08
Zach Whitmarsh Victoria 800m 8th (Semi) 1:49.61
Jeff Schiebler New West. 10000m 6th (Final) 28:29.22
    5000m 13th (Final) 13:49.02

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BC Athletics Media Release
For immediate release: July 10, 2002

Over 200 Athletes to Compete at BC Provincial Junior Championships

Kamloops, BC – Junior Track and field athletes from all across British Columbia will gather this weekend (July 13–14) to compete for medals and bragging rights in the 2002 BC Provincial Junior Championships to be held in Kamloops. 

The championships, which consist of athletes 19 and under, will take place at Hillside Stadium, located on the campus of the University College of the Cariboo. Over 200 athletes are expected to attend, and will be vying to win a spot on the highly acclaimed provincial team heading to the National Junior Championships to be held in Kitchener later this month. With so much on the line the competition should be excellent, despite the expected sizzling hot weather. Almost every community throughout British Columbia will be represented at the meet.

Included in the meet will also be sections for athletes aged 14–15, otherwise known as the Midget age class. This is to allow these athletes a chance to see their competition for the upcoming BC Summer Games to be held in Nanaimo on August 1–2.

The meet begins at about 2:00 pm on Saturday, and will continue to about 8:30 at night. Action will continue on Sunday at 10:00 am, with competition expected to finish up at about 2:30 pm.

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BC Athletics Media Release
For immediate release: July 3, 2002

8 BC Athletes Named to Canadian Commonwealth Games Track and Field Team

Vancouver, BC - BC Athletics is pleased to announce that 8 British Columbian track and field athletes have been named to the 2002 Canadian Commonwealth Games team that will be competing in Manchester, England later this month. Each athlete had to overcome tough team selection standards and perform well at the recently held Commonwealth Games Trials in Edmonton to make it onto the national team.

42 athletes in total were named to the national Commonwealth team, and BC’s contribution represents about 20 percent of that, an excellent amount when you consider the population of Eastern Canada and BC comparatively. As well, 4 British Columbian coaches and managers will also be joining the squad and making the trek across the Atlantic.

Leading the way for British Columbia will no doubt be Diane Cummins of Victoria. Cummins, who is coming off of a fifth place finish in the 800m at last year’s world track and field championships, will have an excellent chance at a medal, despite the tough competition she will no doubt be facing. Pole vaulter Stephanie McCann of Surrey should also be in fine form, having just broken her own Canadian record a few weeks ago.

The Games, which take place between July 26th and August 4th, consist of countries that were formerly part of the British Commonwealth, such as Australia, South Africa, and Jamaica. The Games have always had a high standard of excellence, and the depth of the competition is second only to the Olympics. Approximately 5,250 athletes from 70 different countries will be competing, involved in the 17 different sports offered (sports such as cycling boxing, wrestling, etc.). British Columbians named to the track and field team are as follows:

Athletes
Courtney Babcock Victoria 5000m
Diane Cummins Victoria 800m, 1500m
Graham Hood Victoria 1500m
Jennifer Joyce Richmond Hammer Throw
Stephanie McCann Surrey Pole Vault
Jeff Schiebler New West. 5000m, 10000m
Ardin Tucker Kelowna Pole Vault
Zach Whitmarsh Victoria 800m
Coaching Staff
Danny Daniels Victoria Head of Delegation
Thelma Wright Vancouver Team Manager
Wynn Gmitroski Victoria Coach
Wilbur Kelsick Port Moody Chiropractor

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For immediate release:
June 24, 2002

B.C. Athletes Perform Admirably at Commonwealth Trials

Edmonton, Alberta – Blazing heat, intense dryness, and gusting winds were the norm at the track and field Commonwealth Games Trials (also used as the 2002 Canadian National Championships) held this weekend at Foote Field in Edmonton. BC athletes, however, were up to the challenge put forth by the weather, and competed with great strength and determination. Leading the charge was Surrey’s Stephanie McCann, who not only won the women’s pole vault competition, but also managed to shatter her own previous Canadian record. Her mark of 4.35 m puts her into excellent contention for the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in Manchester, England on July 26 – 31.

Victoria’s own Diane Cummins (800m) and Zachary Whitmarsh (800m) also came away as champions this weekend, as they have often done in the past. Not to be outdone, Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops also achieved victory in the men’s Hammer Throw, easily outdistancing the second place competitor.

Individual performances aside, the depth of the BC track and field team was also clearly apparent, most noticeably so in the longer track distances and in some of the field events, such as the women’s hammer and the pole vault. Five out of the top eight competitors in the men’s 800 metres were BC athletes, and even more impressively 7 out of the top 11 athletes in the men’s 1500 metres were from British Columbia. These results clearly show that British Columbia remains as one of the top provinces in Canada when it comes to track and field talent. A complete listing of the results of British Columbian athletes is as follows:

Name Hometown Event Place Result
Women
Bayley, Krysha Coquitlam 100m 8th 12.14
Blair, Trisha Victoria 100m hurdles 7th 14.44
Butler, Margaret West Van. 1500m 7th 4:33.15
Butler,

3000m Steeple 1st 10:28.10
Cummins, Diane Victoria 800m 1st 2:04.95
Cummins,

1500m 2nd 4:21.10
Dockendorf, Carly Abbotsford Pole Vault 11th 3.30m
Elmore, Malindi Kelowna 1500m 4th 4:27.54
Engelmann, Andrea North Van. Triple Jump 4th 11.49m
Harrison, Ardin Kelowna Pole Vault 4th 4.05m
Inman, Courtney Mt. Lehman 1500m 6th 4:31.70
Joyce, Jennifer Richmond Hammer 2nd 62.56m
Knight, Courtney Burnaby Shot Put 8th 10.77m
Macneill, Signi Vernon Javelin 3rd 44.76m
McCann, Stephanie Surrey Pole Vault 1st 4.35m
McDiarmid, Sarah Delta High Jump 7th 1.70m
Mensah, Philomena Surrey 100m 2nd 11.58
Padrinao, Jennifer Surrey Hammer 11th 50.02m
Perry, Tara Coquitlam 100m 3rd 11.60
Redfern, Alana Powell River Javelin 2nd 48.44m
Rendell, Alison Vancouver 5000m 6th 17:16.38
Speight, Holly Tsawwassen Pole Vault NH NH
Stevenson, Carol Burnaby Hammer 9th 52.79m
Stevenson,

Discus 6th 43.59m
Watson, Maureen Lion's Bay Hammer 14th 44.46m
Wittrin, Caroline Vancouver Hammer 3rd 59.82m
Woodward, Krista Delta Javelin 5th 44.03m
Men
Ardill, Ray Victoria 400m 5th 47.96
Armstrong, Dylan Kamloops Hammer 1st 69.66m
Bilodeau, Shane Vancouver 1500m 7th 3:57.82
Bomba, Mark New West. 5000m 5th 14:25.24
Byron, Jack Vancouver Triple Jump No Mark No Mark
Cardle, Peter North Van. 5000m 6th 14:33.06
Clifford, Matt Abbotsford Pole Vault 6th 4.80m
Cluff, Martin Burnaby 800m 4th 1:53.92
Collings, Ian North Van. 3000m steeple 2nd 9:08.83
Danziger, Graham Abbotsford Pole Vault 7th 4.60m
Edwards, Jeremy Vancouver Hammer 8th 47.07m
Gill, Jaswinder Mission High Jump 4th 2.14m
Hayden, Ryan Richmond 1500m 3rd 3:47.48
Hood, Graham Victoria 1500m DNS DNS
Klassen, Allan Vancouver 1500m 9th 3:59.46
Mason, Michael Nanoose Bay High Jump 9th 2.04m
Mazotta, Bruno Kamloops 5000m 7th 14:36.69
Mazotta,

1500m 6th 3:55.19
McClennan, Scott Vancouver 5000m 10th 14:48.04
Mezheritsky, Daniel Vancouver Decathlon DNF DNF
Miller, Andy Burnaby Pole Vault 4th 4.95m
Miller, Blair Vancouver Race Walk 3rd 1:37:44.65
Milne, David Vancouver 3000m steeple 3rd 9:16.66
Moody, Randy Surrey 1500m 8th 3:59.03
Morfitt, Graham Courtenay Javelin 2nd 70.05m
Myers, Ken Burnaby 5000m 17th 15:25.62
Neuman, William Lazo Javelin 3rd 69.49m
Pawluk, Samuel Richmond 1500m 11th 4:03.51
Ramos, Mark Vancouver Long Jump 2nd 7.40m
Reed, Gary Kamloops 800m 3rd 1:52.80
Sampson, Levi Surrey 100m 30th 11.30
Schiebler, Jeff New West. 5000m 2nd 14:10.17
Taylor, Nathan Courtenay 100m 22nd 10.53
Wallis, Jeff Duncan Shot Put 2nd 15.28m
Wells, Graeme Surrey 800m 8th 1:56.06
Whitmarsh, Zach Victoria 800m 1st 1:52.17
Whitmarsh,

1500m 10th 4:00.28
Williams, Chris Bowser 800m 7th 1:54.89

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For Immediate Release: 
June 19, 2002

BC Track and Field Athletes to Compete at Commonwealth Games Trials

Vancouver, BC – 53 track and field athletes and 5 coaching staff will be heading to Edmonton, Alberta this weekend to partake in the 2002 Canadian Commonwealth Games Trials. The team consists of 21 women and 32 men, and represents many communities throughout British Columbia. The meet is a chance for these athletes to showcase their abilities nationwide, and to hopefully represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games in England this July. All of Canada’s best track and field athletes will be in attendance, and the competition will be fast and fierce.

The Commonwealth Games Trials (which will also be used as the 2002 Canadian Track and Field Championships) will take place on June 21st – 23rd at Edmonton’s Foote Field Athletic Stadium, a legacy of the 2001 World Athletic Championships. There are already a few BC athletes who have met the selection standards for the upcoming Commonwealth games, including distance legend Jeff Schiebler of New Westminster and Hammer thrower Jennifer Joyce of Richmond. Many others are extremely close to these selection standards, and with a little luck from Mother Nature may be able to achieve them this weekend. British Columbia has always been considered as one of the powerhouse provinces when it comes to track and field, and this continued excellence should again be proven at the Trials. The following is a list of the athletes and coaches representing British Columbia:

Name Hometown Event
Women    
Bayley, Krysha Coquitlam 100m, 200m, Long Jump
Blair, Trisha Victoria 100m hurdles
Butler, Margaret West Vancouver 1500m
Cummins, Diane Victoria 800m
Dockendorf, Carly Abbotsford Pole Vault
Elmore, Malindi Kelowna 1500 m
Engelmann, Andrea North Vancouver Triple Jump
Harrison, Ardin Kelowna Pole Vault
Inman, Courtney Mt. Lehman 800m, 1500m
Joyce, Jennifer Richmond Discus, Hammer
McCann, Stephanie Surrey Pole Vault
Mensah, Philomena Surrey 100m
Padrinao, Jennifer Surrey Hammer
Perry, Tara Coquitlam 100m
Redfern, Alana Powell River Javelin
Rendell, Alison Vancouver 5000m
Speight, Holly Tsawwassen Pole Vault
Stevenson, Carol Burnaby Discus, Hammer
Watson, Maureen Lion's Bay Hammer
Wittrin, Caroline Vancouver Hammer
Woodward, Krista Delta Javelin
Men
Ardill, Ray Victoria 400m
Armstrong, Dylan Kamloops Hammer
Bomba, Mark New Westminster 5000m
Byron, Jack Vancouver Triple Jump
Cardle, Peter North Vancouver 5000m
Cluff, Martin Burnaby 800m
Collings, Ian North Vancouver 3000m steeplechase
Edwards, Jeremy Vancouver Shot Put, Hammer
Gill, Jaswinder Mission High Jump
Hayden, Ryan Richmond 1500m
Hood, Graham Victoria 1500m
Klassen, Allan Vancouver 1500m
MacNeill, Signi Vernon Javelin
Mason, Michael Nanoose Bay High Jump
Mazotta, Bruno Kamloops 5000m, 1500m
McClennan, Scott Vancouver 5000m
Mezheritsky, Daniel Vancouver Decathlon
Miller, Andy Burnaby Pole Vault
Miller, Blair Vancouver Race Walk
Milne, David Vancouver 3000m steeplechase
Moody, Randy Surrey 1500m
Morfitt, Graham Courtenay Javelin
Myers, Ken Burnaby 5000m
Neuman, William Lazo Javelin
Pawluk, Samuel Richmond 1500m
Ramos, Mark Vancouver Long Jump
Reed, Gary Kamloops 800m
Schiebler, Jeff New Westminster 5000 m
Wallis, Jeff Duncan Shot Put
Wells, Graeme Surrey 800m
Whitmarsh, Zach Victoria 800m, 1500m
Williams, Chris Bowser 800m
Coaching Staff
Evely, Derek Kamloops Head Coach, Throws
de Goede, Sharon Courtney Sprints
Parker, Ron Victoria Jumps/Hurdles/Comb.Events
O' Connor, Mike Richmond Distance
Dilorio, Bev Duncan Manager

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For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2002

US Army Invades New Westminster

Security concerns for the New Westminster Record International to be held on Thursday May 30 took a turn for the better today. Coach Tom Tellez [former coach of WORLD RECORD HOLDERS: CARL LEWIS AND LEROY BURELL] confirmed his US ARMY team of sprinters from Houston will attend the Pacific Northwest Track and Field Series. Opening in New Westminster and continuing on to the JEROME [June 2] and PORT ALBERNI [June 4], this team of sprinters should give our locals some great competition.

Already confirmed for New Westminster and the Jerome is OLYMPIC CHAMPION Bruny Surin. Sprinters from Jamaica, Nigeria and the Bahamas will also be at NW/JEROME/PA. Get set for some speed...

New Westminster
May 30
Jerome
June 2
Port Alberni
June 4
ANOTHONY ARTHUR LEE
[US ARMY]
100M [10.18] 100M 200M
MILTON MALLARD
[US ARMY]
100M [10.21] 100M 200M

ROSHAN GRIFFIN
[US ARMY]

100M [10.27] x 200M
REGAN NICHOLS
[US ARMY]
400M [46.66] x 200M

QUINTON MILNER
[US ARMY]

400M [46.91] x 400M
JONATHAN DANIELS
[US ARMY]
x long jump long jump

Also:
Leroy Burell's athlete:
DENNIS DARLING
[HOUSTON TRACK & FIELD CLUB - competes in all 3 meets]

400M [46.89] 400M 400M

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For immediate release:
May 12, 2002

Margaret Butler sets a new Canadian Record

Margaret Butler of North Vancouver set a new Canadian Record in the 3000m steeplechase at the University of Oregon, Oregon Twilight Meet in Eugene, Oregon on May 11, 2002. She was clocked at 10:12.28. The previous record of 10:14.86 belonged to Ontario's Karen Harvey. It was set in Sarnia, Ontario, on August 8, 1999.

Twenty-four year old Margaret Butler graduated from West Vancouver's Sentinel High School and has enjoyed running since she started in grade eight. In grade twelve, she won the 3000m at the BC High School Track and Field Championships. She has been steadily progressing since that time. She earned a full athletic scholarship from the University of Washington. Her collegiate running was intercepted by series of injuries but she managed to set a new Canadian junior record in the 5000m with time of 16:45.60. She graduated in 2001 and decided to move back to Vancouver with a goal to dedicate more time to training.

In February of 2002, she represented Canada at the Women's International Ekiden Relays in Beijing, China and Yokohama, Japan. In March 2002, she was selected to compete at the World Cross Country Championships in Dublin, Ireland. According to Margaret, "the World Cross in Dublin was such an important event in my running. Competing against the best in the world I gained a lot of confidence and experience."

Margaret has been dreaming and talking about the steeplechase for past two years. The first 3000m steeplechase race Margaret attempted was at the Oregon Invitational in Eugene, Oregon on April 28, 2002. She won with a time of 10:32.35. The dream materialized in her second ever 3000m steeplechase in her running career, where she set a new Canadian Record of 10:12.28.

The third steeple in which Margaret Butler is scheduled to compete is set to take place at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic on June 1st, 2002. Margaret announced that she is going after her own Canadian Record at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. She will face a great challenge from Canadian athletes and two top US steeplechasers.

The 2001 US Champion Lisa Nye -- Nike International former US record holder (PR 9:49.91), second ranked in US in 2001 -- has confirmed her attendance. As well, negotiations are under way to get the winner of the Oregon Twilight Meet, Kelly MacDonald from New York Elite, to compete in the steeple. Kelly won the 3000m steeple in Eugene with time of 10:02.92. Her personal best is 9:55.49. It will be an exciting race to watch.

Click here for Pacific Northwest Series information (at bottom of page).

The National Championships and trials for Canada's Commonwealth 10,000m runners will be held as a special event on Saturday evening June 1 at 6:40pm for women and 7:25pm for men to maximize performance in cool evening conditions. The 2 hour action packed main events will be held on Sunday at 2pm. Over $12,000 in prize money is up for grabs by the top athletes.

Tickets are $25, $15 and $8 and will be available from Ticketmaster and Alliance Athletics outlets.

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For more information please call Marek Jedrzejek for the Achilles International Track and Field Society (try saying Marek yed-ra-zay-ic)
At 604 822-6259 / cell 604 512-7673 / fax 604 822-6011
marekj@interchange.ubc.ca

The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic - PRESS CONFERENCE:
Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 12:30pm
BC SPORTS HALL OF FAME
BC Place, Vancouver, BC

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May 10, 2002

Men's 800m - Race to watch at the Harry Jerome Track Classic

In the sport of Track and Field there are quite a few different events. One of them that is considered to be at the top and recognized as a tough one is the two lap event -- 800m. For sure it will be the race to watch at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic scheduled on June 2, 2002, 2:00pm at Swangard Stadium.

Men's 800m will have a domestic and an international flavor. The hype is already set since last years' Canadian National Championships held in Edmonton. In that meet Montreal's Achraf Tadili surprised many onlookers by overcoming the pre-race favourite Zach Whitmarsh of Victoria. Both of them are confirmed to compete at Swangard Stadium on June 2nd.

The 22 year old Achraf Tadili immigrated to Canada from his native Morocco just a few years ago. His last year appearance at the National Championships let people know that there is a new kid on the block -- a young and very talented athlete. His gold medal at the last year Nationals in Edmonton was achieved with a new personal best and a new meet record time of 1:45.48.

Achraf will meet his arch rival Zach Whitmarsh right here at the Harry Jerome in Swangard Stadium. Zach's personal best is 1:45.94 which was set at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg in 1999. Zach, in his career, went through NCAA competition system in the United States. He represented Canada at the Olympic Games in Sydney. Now he is training in his home town in Victoria.

Both of them achieved a qualifying standard for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.

It is not easy to predict who is going to win the show-down at Swangard. While during the race Zach and Achraf will be checking each other's moves they could be challenged by Kenyan runner James Karanu (1:45.40 personal best). He has an outside chance to win as well. Usually, Kenyan athletes do not need much introduction. It is good to know that the KENYANS ARE COMING. It guarantees the event will be run at a very high international level.

Click here for Pacific Northwest Series information (at bottom of page).

The National Championships and trials for Canada's Commonwealth 10,000m runners will be held as a special event on Saturday evening June 1 at 6:40pm for women and 7:25pm for men to maximize performance in cool evening conditions. The 2 hour action packed main events will be held on Sunday at 2pm. Over $12,000 in prize money is up for grabs by the top athletes.

Tickets are $25, $15 and $8 and will be available from Ticketmaster and Alliance Athletics outlets.

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For more information please call Marek Jedrzejek for the Achilles International Track and Field Society (try saying Marek yed-ra-zay-ic)
At 604 822-6259 / cell 604 512-7673 / fax 604 822-6011
marekj@interchange.ubc.ca

The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic - PRESS CONFERENCE:
Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 12:30pm
BC SPORTS HALL OF FAME
BC Place, Vancouver, BC

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May 3, 2002

Vancouver's Alison Rendell ready for 10km challenge at the Harry Jerome Track Classic

The 20th Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic is set for Saturday evening June 1st, and Sunday afternoon June 2nd at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC and will be attracting the finest track and field athletes from Canada and all over the World.

One of the exciting races to watch will be women's 10km on Saturday evening. Veteran Lisa Harvey of Calgary who competed for Canada at the Olympic Games in Barcelona will face two women who have moved up from the 1500m to the arduous 25 lap 10k. Courtney Babcock, the all American Michigan graduate who hails from Ontario won the Mount SAC 5000m in a startling 15:10.66 while her Mountain West team mate, Winnipeg's Andrea Grove ran 32:46.11 This time ranks Andrea number one in the country in 2002. Sarah Dupre from Kingston, Ontario current Canadian Cross Country Champion will challenge these runners.

Alison Rendell has surprised local observers of the sport with her mercurial rise in the past year. In 2001 Alison finished the Sun Run in 39:06 and finished in 38th place. This encouraging result led her to pursue her passion of running and dedicate herself to a high performance training program. Under the program of the Kajaks Club, Alison started to realize that enormous potential. She improves each and every race. Alison has progressed through the ranks very quickly. She placed 4th at the Canadian 10km Road Championships in London, Ont. At the National Cross Country Championships in Moncton she was selected to represent Canada at the World Cross Country Championships in Dublin and the International Women's Ekiden in Yokohama, Japan. This year at the Vancouver Sun Run she placed 4th with time of 34:41 which was a massive 4-1/2 minutes faster than a year ago.

On April 28, 2002 she raced for the first time on the track at the Oregon Invitational in Eugene, Oregon. She won 5000m race with time of 16:49.16. Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic at Swangard Stadium will mark her first 10k on the track against a world class field.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST SERIES includes:

The Victoria International Trackfest
Wednesday, May 22nd
Commonwealth Stadium, Victoria

The Kajaks International Track Classic
Tuesday May 28th
Clement Track, Richmond

The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic / National meet
Saturday, June 1st
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby

The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic / International
Sunday, June 2nd
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby

Alberni Times International Track Classic
Tuesday June 4th
Alberni Stadium, Port Alberni

*** Another meet which occurs around the PNW series is:
The New Westminster Record International Track Meet
Thursday, May 30th
Mercer Stadium, New Westminster

 
The National Championships and trials for Canada's Commonwealth 10,000m runners will be held as a special event on Saturday evening June 1 at 6:40pm for women and 7:25pm for men to maximize performance in cool evening conditions. The 2 hour action packed main events will be held on Sunday at 2pm. Over $12,000 in prize money is up for grabs by the top athletes.

Tickets are $25, $15 and $8 and will be available from Ticketmaster and Alliance Athletics outlets.

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For more information please call Marek Jedrzejek for the Achilles International Track and Field Society (try saying Marek yed-ra-zay-ic)
At 604 822-6259 / cell 604 512-7673 / fax 604 822-6011
marekj@interchange.ubc.ca

The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic - PRESS CONFERENCE:
Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 12:30pm
BC SPORTS HALL OF FAME
BC Place, Vancouver, BC

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