June 29,2014(ISN) – Moncton, N.B. – The last day of the 2014 Canadian Track and Field Championships
saw four Canadian records and seven Championship records to bring the three day
total to 7 Canadian Records and 15 Championship records.
Notably all seven Canadian records were set by para-athletics athletes. Day three of competition also saw Brent
Lakatos win his sixth medal of the event, Jim Steacy won his tenth national title
and national team veteran Diane Cummins announced her retirement immediately following
what would be her final race.
Damian Warner showed this weekend why he is one of the world’s best decathletes.
After setting a personal best in Saturday’s semi-final, the London, Ont., native
battled the competition and a headwind to take the 110-metres hurdles title. After
an early season injury, Warner showed to be in great form in Moncton and has his
sights sent on the Commonwealth Games. “The goal is to win gold. Some icing on
the cake would be to get the Canadian record, and maybe Daley Thompson’s Commonwealth
record,”explained a happy Warner.
In the 100-metres hurdles final, Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., was able to edge
Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., for the win. The pair ran 13.20 and 13.23 into
a1.3 m/s headwind in the first track final of the day.
Sultana Frizell of Perth, Ont., Christabel Nettey of Surrey, B.C., and Shawnacy
Barber of Toronto, Ont., each set Canadian Championship records on their way to
victory. With a second round toss of 73.78-metres in the hammer throw, Frizell tacked
close to two metres onto her previous Championship record. Nettey outdistanced the
field in the long jump by recording a best effort of 6.64-metres. Barber, the Canadian
record holder in the pole vault, cleared 5.55-metres on his first attempt at the
height to defend his title.
The much heralded 1500-metres race between Kate Van Buskirk of Brampton, Ont., and
Nicole Sifuentes of Winnipeg, Man., lived up to expectations. Van Buskirk went to
the front on the last lap and had enough to hold off a hard-charging Sifuentes over
the final 100-metres to defend her title. In the men’s race, Nate Brannen of Cambridge,
Ont., used a strong change of gears down the homestretch to power past Charles
of Quebec, Que., to claim his sixth outdoor 1500-metres Canadian championship.
Defending champion Noelle Montcalm of Windsor, Ont., took home the gold in the women’s
400-metres hurdles with a time of 56.67. On the men’s side, Gabriel El-Hanbli of
Repentigny, Que., regained the title he last won in 2010. El-Hanbli went from fourth
to first in the last 100-metres to cross the line in first running 51.65.
The men’s and women’s 800-metres finals were highlighted with some strong front
running and changing positions for the lesser medals over the final few metres.
Melissa Bishop Eganville,Ont., and Brandon McBride of Windsor, Ont., each took the
pole position early and held on for the win. Bishop crossed the line in 2:03.23,
while McBride clocked in at 1:46.69. Following the women’s 800-metres final, Diane
Cummins who took bronze, announced this would be her last race.
Kimberly Hyacinthe of Montreal, Que., and Brendon Rodney of Toronto, Ont., took
the last track wins of the Championships with their victories in the 200-metres.
In similar fashion, the pair saved their best for the last few metres and moved
past the rest of their fields to claim their titles. Battling some notable headwinds,
Hyacinthe crossed the line in 23.46, while Rodney finished with a time of 20.80.
Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., collected his fifth and sixth titles of the
with wins in the T53 wheelchair 800-metres and 5,000-metres. A number of Canadian
records were set by para athletes to highlight day three of competition: Pamela
Le Jean (T53 para wheelchair Javelin), Becky Richter (F51 para wheelchair Club
Throw), Kyle Whitehouse (T38 para ambulatory 200-metres) and Brent Babcock (F51
para wheelchair Club Throw).
In the women’s pole vault, Lindsey Bergevin of Leduc, Alb., took win on misses as
the competition saw three vaulters clear 4.10-metres. Jim Steacy won his tenth national
Championship in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 74.68-metres. Steacy will
represent Canada at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Day 3 Canadian Champions
Phylicia George, 100m Hurdles, 13.20
Kate Van Buskirk, 1500m, 4:10.83
Noelle Montcalm, 400m Hurdles, 56.67
Melissa Bishop, 800m, 2:03.23
Kimberly Hyacinthe, 200m, 23.46
Meghan O’Brien, T36 para ambulatory 200m, 41.62
Leah Robinson, T37 para ambulatory 200m, 31.92
Cindy Burt, T38 para ambulatory 200m, 34.86
Jessica Frotten, T53 para wheelchair 800m, 2:21.33
Lindsey Bergevin, Pole Vault, 4.10m
Sultana Frizell, Hammer Throw, 73.78m Championship Record
ChristabelNettey, Long Jump, 6.64m Championship Record
Pamela Le Jean, T53 para wheelchair Javelin, 10.72m Canadian Record
Jessye Brockway, T57 para wheelchair Javelin, 13.54m
Becky Richter, F51 para wheelchair Club Throw, 15.72m Canadian Record
Damian Warner, 110m Hurdles, 13.66
Nathan Brannen, 1500m, 3:42.50
Gabriel El-Hanbli, 400m Hurdles, 51.65
Brandon McBride, 800m, 1:46.69
Brendon Rodney, 200m, 20.80
Brent Lakatos, T53 para wheelchair 5000m, 11:28.62
Joshua Cassidy, T54 para wheelchair 5000m, 11:22.51
Brent Lakatos, T53 para wheelchair 800m, 1:44.22
Alexandre Dupont, T54 para wheelchair 800m, 1:43.69
Dustin Walsh, T11 para ambulatory 200m, 25.92
Braedon Dolfo, T13 para ambulatory 200m, 23.78
Jonathan Furey, T37 para ambulatory 200m, 32.10
Kyle Whitehouse, T38 para ambulatory 200, 23.46 Canadian Record
Jackie Marciano, T44 para ambulatory 200m, 25.27
Shawn Barber, Pole Vault, 5.55m Championship Record
James Steacy, Hammer Throw, 74.68m
Benjamin Warnock, Long Jump, 7.49m
Michael Johnstone, F38 para ambulatory Javelin, 22.32m
Alister McQueen, F44 para ambulatory Javelin, 49.14m
Kenneth Trudgeon, F46 para ambulatory Javelin, 36.05m
Brent Babcock, F51 para wheelchair Club Throw, 15.40m Canadian Record