Athletics Canada

Time to Celebrate…XC Nationals

Time to Celebrate NOC’s accomplishments in BC!

NOC sent a contingent of 6 ​athletes
to the Canadian Cross Country Championships in Vancouver. ​

​T​hey returned with a Gold medal and a 6th place finish. ​

Tracy Meyers, Megan Norton, Haley Esau, Kayla McGowan and Avery Goertz competed in the Youth division and Kristen Khun competed in the Junior division.
The Youth girls finished 6th out of 14 teams​.

Tracy Myers pulled double duty and also scored for Team Ontario which won GOLD!

Well done ​ladies!​ Great performance as always!​

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Go NOC Athletes Go!


canadian-junior-logoV5Starting today, the A.C. Junior National Championships are being held in Quebec.

We want our athletes to know how much we support their efforts, and those of our Coaches who work tirelessly to get them qualified and ready to belong to Canada’s best.

And to the athletes parents and guardians who quietly make sure that the right resources, encouragement, and emotion, are brought to bear in generating such success.

Please send lots of pics for the website, to motivate our athletes not at the Championships this year, and to motivate not-yet-member athletes to join the best track and field club in Niagara.


[This weekend’s event schedule]

NOC competed as a cohesive team in the Nationals

Excellent comments from Coach Bill MacDonald:

As you can see by the posts, NOC had a phenomenal weekend in Vancouver, especially Heather, but what can’t be overlooked is the phenomenal performance by the NOC TEAM. Six athletes went to Vancouver, six athletes showed up on the line ready to race and six athletes made NOC proud. For Kristen, Avery, Kayla and Cailen it was their first experience at Nationals.

Some may say it’s just another race, but it’s not. The best athletes from across the country are competing. This is the pinnacle of the season. For our Grade 9 athletes, Avery, Kayla and Cailin this meant going from racing 3K at OFSAA to racing 5K at Nationals, which is a big jump. They made us proud they way they raced with guts and determination.

Laura, Kristen and Heather were team leaders, truly mentors for the younger athletes. Laura and Kristen had fantastic races, which is very difficult in such a long season, a testament to their hard work and dedication.

Overall, Team NOC placed 7th!

Well done TEAM NOC, you made us all proud.

Heather’s Interview by Athletics Illustrated Magazine after Winning the 2013 XC Nationals

From ​Coach ​Bill MacDonald​:​
Here is Heather’s interview after winning the Junior Women’s Cross Country Nationals in Vancouver…

Bruchet, Wodak, Knight, Petrick, Finlayson, Zambrano take national titles at 2013 Canadian Cross Country Championships

2013VancouverXCChampsLogoFrom Athletics Canada:

VANCOUVER – Six national champions were crowned today at the 2013 Canadian Cross Country Championships at Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver, B.C. Lucas Bruchet of Surrey, B.C., Natasha Wodak of Port Moody, B.C., Justyn Knight of Vaughn, Ont., Heather Petrick of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., James Finlayson of Victoria, B.C., and Maria Zambrano of Calgary, Alta., were all crowned 2013 Champions.

In the junior women’s 5-kilometre race Heather Petrick won gold in 17:47.63. “I was able to get an early lead and it is awesome to get revenge after falling last year”, explains Heather. “I am really happy with my training”. Defending Champion Jillian Forsey of Kippens, NFLD., was second in 18:02.45. “It was a great race and I was happy to be racing with a strong field”, said Jillian. Third place went to Kitchener, Ont.’s Jaimie Phelan in 18:13.13.

Lucas Bruchet took the senior men’s Canadian title in the 10-kilometre race in a time of 31:38.39. Chris Winter of Vancouver, B.C won silver in 31:47.91 and Aaron Hendrikx of Parkhill, Ont., won bronze in 31:50.97.

Natasha Wodak won the senior women’s national title in the 7-kilometre race in 24:30.80. Vancouver, B.C.’s Rachel Cliff was right behind her for silver in 24:34.00. Cliff, “It was a great race. Both Natasha and I wanted to go first-second”. Also on the podium was Calgary, Alta.’s Jessica O’Connell in 24:48.07 for the bronze.

Justyn Knight won the men’s Canadian Junior title finishing first in the 8-kilometre race in 25:43.30. Knight on his race; “I hate losing and I really felt strong running with Ben (Flanagan) and Mike (Tate).” Ben Flanagan of Kitchener, Ont., clocked 25:47.12 for the silver, “It was a great way to end the season”. Bronze was won by Mike Tate of Heatherton, N.S., in 25:53.89.

Complete results.

Heather Petrick wins the XC Nationals

2013VancouverXCChampsLogoCongratulations to Heather Petrick on winning the XC Nationals in Vancouver today by a serious margin!


We are speechless, in awe, WOW!

The ladies’ team was 7th overall, just a fabulous achievement all round.


Congratulations to Sharon and all the coaches. Your dedication continues to give our athletes opportunities they only dreamed about!

NOC Front and Centre (literally)

TroyACxc2013-11-29_2352Not sure if you spotted NOC’s Troy Smith in the banner photo (from last year’s race) of the AC website for this year’s Vancouver XC Championships tomorrow (Nov 30th).

Go Team!


Vancouver Here We Come…

WestjetVancouverOur NOC Team is in the air, wending its way to Vancouver, to contest the XC Nationals.

We wish them success, fun, good experiences, wisdom, even luck!


The Ones to Watch; Canadian Cross Country Championship Saturday in Vancouver

2013VancouverXCChampsLogoFrom Athletics Canada:

OTTAWA – The 2013 Canadian Cross Country Championships, which serves as the selection trial for the 2014 NACAC Cross Country Championships, take place Saturday November 30 at Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver, BC. Canadian titles are up for grabs in the junior, senior and masters categories. (More…)

Athletics Canada Gold Standard Magazine

The Gold Standard NOVEMBER 2013
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Lanni Marchant breaks Canadian Marathon Record
Lanni Marchant of London, Ont., broke the Canadian women’s marathon record at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Sunday October 20; a mark that was held by Silvia Ruegger since 1985. Marchant crossed the finish line in 2:28:00 dipping below Ruegger’s performance of 2:28:36. Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., also went below Ruegger’s time clocking in at 2:28:32.
Krista DuChene & Lanni Marchant
Athletics Canada (AC) – How long have you been gunning for that mark?


Lanni Marchant (LM) – I have been wanting to go after the Canadian record for a bit over a year now, but honestly was not sure if it was an attainable goal for me. I knew after the training I had put in this summer that I was fit, but lining up on Sunday I had no idea how that fitness was going to translate into the race. I went into the race with the feeling that I could run under the record, but without putting the pressure on myself.

Lanni Marchant – Canadian 10km Champion


AC – What does it feel like to be the Canadian Record holder?


LM – It is definitely a surreal feeling. Entering into athletics, I did not imagine that I’d ever be a record holder. It is exciting, but I think I am more excited by what it means for Women’s running in Canada. I am very fortunate to be the record holder now, but hope that it means that our sport is growing and we will have a lot more Canadian ladies chasing down these records.


AC – Can you outline your season; peak training, tapering, mileage?


LM – I started building for the World Champs marathon in January with a training camp at altitude in Kenya. I got my mileage up to anywhere around 90-110 miles per week with additional cross-training, depending on races etc. For Around the Bay 30k in March my coach, Dave Mills, and I treated it like a mini-marathon and had my mileage come down into the 80s, and then I had a nice recovery week afterwards. After that, everything was a continual build for Worlds. After Worlds, I took a week off completely and then started back with some easy runs. We brought my mileage back up close to 100 miles a week, but the focus was the 10km Championships in Toronto. After the 10km Championships, we decided to keep training and see how my body recovered from the race effort. Unlike Worlds, we didn’t do a big taper for Scotiabank. I think we both recognized that the more normal I treated my training in the two weeks – 10 days before the race the better mindset and confidence I’d have lining up. Since STWM, I have taken a full week off of training and am now back to some easy runs and cross-training this week. My mileage will get back up into the 80s over the next few weeks to get me ready for the Chiba Ekiden Relay in Japan.


AC – How did you get into the marathon? What distance is your favourite to race in?


LM – I first decided to do a marathon because I was about to graduate law school and thought that I was going to have to move away from competitive running and training. My coach and I thought what better way to close out my career as a long term student athlete, than to run a marathon a few weeks after my graduation ceremony. There was also the financial incentive to race the marathon and win a bit of cash to help pay the bills while I studied for the Bar exam. I am not sure if I have a favourite distance to race. I love the tenacity that is involved with marathon racing and training, but I also love racing the shorter stuff and the excitement that comes with digging in and finding a new gear.





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Canadian Cross Country Championship

The registration deadline for the Canadian Cross Country Championship is Monday November 18. The event serves as the national team selection trials for the junior and senior North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championship that takes place February 22 in Mount Irvine, Trinidad and Tobago.

For all the latest heading into the event stay tuned

Perdita Felicien Announces Retirement
Two-time Olympian, two-time World Champion and two-time World Championship silver medalist Perdita Felicien of Pickering, Ont., announced her retirement last week. “The last 12 years racing for Canada have been the most formidable years of my life”, explained Perdita to a crowd of children and supporters. “They were a sobering cocktail of triumph, heartbreak and perseverance.”
Felicien retires as the Canadian record holder in both the 100-metre hurdles and 60-metre hurdles, she’s a 10-time Canadian Champion, a two-time Olympian, a two-time World Champion, a two-time World Championship silver medalist, a two-time Pan American Games silver medalist and a three-time NCAA Champion. She qualified and competed in eight World Championships over a ten year span.
AC delivers the home of CIS Cross Country and Track & Field
In conjunction with Trackie, Athletics Canada announced the launch of as the NEW official home for Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Cross Country and Track and Field.
Check out the site for the latest news, results, rankings, videos, photos and much more.
High Performance Plan and NEW Strategic Direction
  • New strategic direction, Athletics in Canada,focused on serving all categories of participants;
  • High performance plan established following thorough independent review;
  • High performance plan offers services to carded athletes through three tiers: High Performance Hubs, Coach Based Support and Athlete Based Support;
  • AC leadership will visit a number of provinces to share strategic and high performance plan details
Click here for the full outline.
  • Click here for the latest 2013 rankings including youth, junior, senior, para and masters