Pair of Top Six Placings for PC Wolves Athletes at U20 Nationals

Joel Manz, Miguel Macedo, Brandon Tufford, and Chris Nelissen (left to right) placed 4th in the U20 4 x 400m at the 2019 Athletics Canada National Track and Field Championships

Five Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club athletes were in Montreal last week to take part in the 2019 Athletics Canada National Track and Field Championships.   Their week was highlighted by two noteworthy performances: a fourth place finish in the U20 Men’s 4 x 400m Relay and a sixth place finish in the U20 Women’s Discus.

On Sunday afternoon, the 4 x 400m relay team, comprised of Joel Manz, Brandon Tufford, Miguel Macedo, and Chris Nelissen, recorded time a time 3:26.94, a five second improvement over the club’s seasonal best time.

Joel Manz leads off the U20 4 x 400m at the 2019 Athletics Canada National Track and Field Championships

Manz got the team off to a good a start and passed the baton to Tufford, who smoked his first-ever sub 50 second 400m run to move the team in equal second place at the halfway mark.  Macedo and Nelissen battled hard with teams from Ottawa and Calgary over the final two segments of the race; both runners produced personal best times on their legs.  In the end, the team fell just short of the podium,  finishing 1.7 seconds behind the second-place Ottawa Lions, and 1.3 seconds behind the third- place CALTAF team.

Team Quebec won the 4 x 400m race with a time of 3:21.20

Keyana Anderson produced a lifetime best throw of 38.94m and placed sixth in the U20 Discus at the 2019 Athletics Canada Track and Field Nationals

On Friday morning in the U20 Women’s Discus, Sexsmith’s Keyana Anderson went  into the competion ranked 12th of 16 competitors.  In Round 3, she equaled  her personal best throw and moved into sixth place, the position that she would retain. In Round 5, Anderson unleashed a huge throw (38.94m), an improvement of nearly 3m over her previous best set last month.

Ontario’s Trinity Tutti won the Women’s Discus event by over 14 metres, setting a new Canadian U20 record with a toss of 56.95m  in Round 5.

Chirs Nelissen (second from the right) qualified for semi finals in both the U20 400m and 800m at the 2019 Athletics Canada National Track and Field Championships

Wolves athletes also took part in a number of other races at the meet:

  • Nelissen qualified for the semi finals in both 400m and 800m, producing personal best times in qualifying for both races. Overall, he ended up placing 17th in the 400m (51.17) and 19th in the 800m (1:59.51).
  • Tufford also qualified for the semi finals in the 800m. He ended up 22nd in the final standings (2:00.09).
  • Macedo ran in the qualifying heats of the 1500m (4:11.06) and the 800m (2:01.81), both personal best times.  He did not advance to the semi finals
  • Manz competed in the qualifying heats of 400m (53.15).  He did not qualify for the semi finals.

While Nationals marked the end of the track season for most Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club athletes, Anderson and Beaverlodge’s Kobe Grocholski still have one more meet in their seasons.  Anderson will be part of Team Alberta at the Western Canada Games in Swift Current, SK next month, while Grocholski will compete in the Athletics Canada U18 Legion Nationals in Sydney, NS in two weeks time.

Full results of AC Nationals are posted here.

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