Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  April 5, 2023        

     In this Issue:


  1. Nehemiah and the Lions making some noise provincially
  2. Caleb Beland at Spring Runoffs
  3. Photos This Week
  4. Upcoming Events: May 28 SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon June Apex Trail Races 2023
  5. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  6. Track North and Laurentian XC News






Nehemiah and the Lions making some noise provincially
Randy Pascal

Coach Robert Esmie and the Air Blastoff Lions are getting an early jump on the summer, having competed at a handful of youth indoor track & field meets in recent months - with very encouraging results.

Part of the masses that assembled for the 2023 Ontario Indoor U16 & U20 Athletics Championships in early March, local teens tested themselves against the very best in the province, registering a number of personal best performances with signs that there is plenty still to come from this crew.

Out with an injury until mid-December, Melina Doiron really went to town on her training these past few months, earning her a PB in the 60m dash (8.11 - heats; 8.15 in final - 6th), the 300m race (45.16 - 11th) and the 200m event (27.62 - 12th).

Making what amounts to more her less her debut on the track scene after several years of success on the equestrian circuits, Julia Arnold has plenty of reason for optimism, clocking in at 8.54 (31st) in the 60m sprint.

Just beginning her summer training program, Olivia Ball gave herself a starting point, clipping the finish line in 8.85 seconds in the 60m dash, good for 38th in her field.

Dealing with a very congested chest, Jonas Petroski opted to compete regardless, sill earning himself a pair of PB's in the 400m (59.59 - 47th) and the 800m (2:22.00 - 88th) disciplines.

A few weeks later, nine year-old Nehemiah Esmie was displaying his track and field versatility, completing the tetrathlon and earning a gold medal in his age bracket at the 2023 Rising Stars Festival at York University.

In terms of specific disciplines, Esmie finished second in both the 60m hurdles (11.48 - PB) as well as the shot put, also earning a 5th place ribbon in the 60m dash (9.55 - PB) and adding the high jump and 200m sprint to his very busy weekend schedule.

Ultimately, track may not be the final athletic destination for the highly diversified young man who has taken part in soccer and basketball (at school), as well as MMA, and still has tennis, golf and baseball on his bucket list.

Also competing at the meet was Sudbury native Ava Bebawy, now training largely out of the GTA, who garnered silver in the U12 60m hurdles (10.72), bronze in the U12 60m dash (9.04) and placed fourth in the 150m distance with a time of 22.25 seconds.

Representing the Lo-Ellen Park Knights, the gold medley relay team of Julia Arnold, Charlie Dulaney, Claire Schmidt and Milena Kulik, who also took silver in the 4 X 200m relay, also enjoyed some individual success in the form of: Kulik - gold in the JG 60m dash (8.28); Arnold - silver in the SG 60m dash (8.39) and Dulaney - fourth in the SG 60m dash (8.80).

Rounding out the list of competitors with local ties was former gymnast and local trackster Marin O'MalleyCalgary Spartans at the Alberta Indoor Championships, recording a 5th place (200m - 26.96 - PB) and 6th place finish (60m dash - 8.06 - PB) in western Canada.






Caleb Beland at Spring Runoffs





Congrats to LU alum Caleb Beland on his 15th place finish today at the Canada Running Series Spring Run Off 8km race today in High Park, Toronto, with a time of 26:16. Caleb will now start preparing for the Mississauga Half Marathon on April 30th.







Photos This Week


Mar 29 Rocks!! /Apex Wednesday pm run

Mar 30 Bennett Lake

Mar 30 Bennett Lake

Apr 1 Rocks!! Saturday am run Bell Park

Apr 1 Bell Park

Apr 1Bell Park

Apr 1Bell Park

Apr 1 Shelley

Apr 1Bell Park

Apr 2 Civic Cemetery

Apr 2 Kingsway Trail

April 2 Second Ave

Apr 2 Bancroft

Apr 3 Moonlighht bridge













Upcoming Local Events


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