Results from New Balance Meet #1 on 25th May
First, my apologies to Sam Babcock and Nicky! In my congratulatory email for the Combined Events Meet and Spring Challenge, I wrote that Ryan was the first JD athlete this outdoor season to meet one of the standards required to go to Legion Nationals in Sherbrooke, Quebec. While Ryan did make standard for midget men in both the 100m and 200m, Sam also made the standard in both the high jump and long jump, and Nicky met the standard for midget women’s high jump. Congratulations to all three athletes and my apologies again to Sam and Nicky for the oversight!
Congratulations also to all of the JD athletes – Alex Bymoen, Alex Saizew, Alex Smith, Allison, Anders, Billy, Chris, Daniel, Ellen, Hannah, Heather, Kelly Ann, Melissa, Nicky, Reed, Sam Babcock, Scott, Stuart and Thomas – who competed at the first New Balance meet on Sunday. Considering the very wet and cool weather, they produced some excellent results. Among them, these 19 athletes toppled 11 meet records, earned 17 PBs (personal bests), and acquired five 1st place finishes, four 2nd place finishes and eleven 3rd place finishes. Well done athletes!!
Alex Smith had a great meet, not only achieving PBs in all three of his events, but also beating the meet records for each of those events. In the 100m hurdles, Alexfinished 1st in a time of 15.48s, bettering both his PB and the meet record by more than 1.5 seconds. In the 200m, Alex took more than a second off his PB, finishing 2nd of 13 athletes in a time of 24.38s, more than a second faster than the meet record. In long jump, Alex’s best jump was 5.64m, a PB of 22cm. He finished 1st and beat the meet record by just under a metre.
Sam Babcock also beat the meet records for each of his events and met the Legion Standard for midget men in the 200m. Sam was 1st of 13 athletes in the 200m, finishing in a PB time of 23.51s, 1.96s faster than the meet record and faster than the standard of 23.82s required to qualify for Legion Nationals. Although Sam’s jump of 5.60m in long jump was not a PB, he beat the meet record by almost a metre and finished 2nd overall.
Although still a first-year midget and having already competed earlier in the day in the Calgary Hershey Meet, where he won all of his events, Alex Bymoen still managed to beat two meet records and finish 1st in a field of 10 athletes in the 100m. Alex beat the meet records in both the 100m (by .42s) and long jump (by 42cm), where he finished 3rd, and was also 6th in the discus throw.
Billy Smyth earned PBs in all three of his events and beat the meet record in long jump. He ran a PB of 13.11s to finish 5th in the 100m. In the 200m, he took more than a second off his PB, finishing 8th in 27.10s. Finally, in long jump, Billy beat the meet record by 12cm and added another 27cm to his PB, finishing 4th overall.
Scott earned PBs in two of his three events and beat the meet record in discus. He improved his PB in the 100m by more than half a second and added another 2.58m to the PB in discus that he had just established a week earlier at Combined Events. His throw of 29.90m bettered the meet record by an impressive 7.08m.
Stuart also threw a PB in the discus, bettering his PB of just a week earlier at Combined Events by 2.36m. His throw of 23.14m bettered the meet record by 32cm.
Although still a first-year midget, Nicky ran a PB time of 13.44s in the 80m hurdles to match the meet record and finish 2nd of 10 athletes. Nicky also finished 1st in the long jump.
Kelly Ann, also a first-year midget, was 3rd of 10 athletes in the 80m hurdles with a PB time of 13.89s, 3rd in long jump and 4th in the 200m.
Hannah earned PBs in two of her three events, taking more than 4 seconds off her PB in the 3000m to finish 7th and adding another 50cm to her PB in long jump to finish 8th.
Although still a bantam and having completed an 800m and 1600m earlier in the day at the Hershey Meet, Melissa still managed to finish an impressive 5th of 10 in the midget women’s 800m.
Chris ran a PB time of 13.01s in the 100m to finish 4th of ten athletes. Reed earned PBs in both of his events, finishing 7th in the 100m in 13.45s and 7th in the 200m in 26.87s. In her first 200m and long jump competitions, Alex Saizew finished 3rd of 10 athletes in the 200m in a time of 29.86s and was 5th of 10 athletes in long jump with a jump of 4.05m. Ellen was 4th in the 800m and 6th in the 3000m. Although still a bantam and having competed very successfully in the Hershey meet earlier in the day,Allison was 3rd in the midget 200m, 6th in midget 100m, and 7th in the midget long jump. In his first meet, Anders was 8th in the 100m and 9th in the 200m, establishing some excellent PBs to challenge himself with next weekend in the second New Balance meet. In his first discus competition, first-year-midget Daniel finished 7th with a throw of 16.80m. Although having competed at the Hershey meet earlier in the day, where he qualified to go to Provincials, Thomas was 5th in long jump. Although competing in each event for the first time, Heather was 7th in long jump, 9th in the 100m and 10th in the 200m.
Congratulations again to all athletes who participated in the New Balance Meet.