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Top junior Canadian track and field athletes compete at UPEI

by Sjhigh Webstaff - Tuesday, July 21, 2009

UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place was the venue for some of the best young track and field athletes in Canada from July 17 to 19. Close to 600 athletes and 120 coaches from across the country gathered at the University of Prince Edward Island to take part in the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships.

The UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place officially opened on July 13. It features a synthetic, 400-metre, eight-lane oval track; a water jump for steeplechase; a facility for long and triple jump, pole vault, discus and hammer throw, javelin throw and shot put; storage, washrooms, and spectator seating and viewing.

During the three days of competition, athletes competed for a place on the national junior team. Only 40 to 50 will go on to represent Canada in the Pan American Junior Championships coming up in two weeks in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The championships also act as the official test event for the 2009 Canada Games scheduled to begin on August 15.

Caleb Jones from Saint John High, participated in the javelin during the event in Charlottetown. Jones, a member of the New Brunswick Canada Games team, won the Canadian junior men's title with a personal-best throw of 65.10 metres.