News from the Canadian Track Championships

12 07 2016

Treasure makes it official

Prince George high jumper wins Olympic trials to qualify for Games in Rio

Ted Clarke / Prince George Citizen

July 9, 2016 03:53 PM

All Alyx Treasure needed was a podium finish to officially join the five-ring circus.

She did even better than that when she won the gold medal Saturday in the women’s high jump at the Canadian Olympic track and field trials in Edmonton.

That means Prince George will have at least one homegrown athlete to cheer on in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Prince George Track and Field Club member became the first athlete in the club’s history to make Canada’s Olympic team.

Although she was fitted for her Olympic team uniforms Sunday morning in Edmonton, Treasure said she wasn’t going to relax until Athletics Canada had named the team, expected to be the largest-ever Canadian contingent of track and field athletes for an Olympic competition.

Treasure, 24, cleared 1.88 metres with her first attempt to lock up her third-straight Canadian championship. She had already achieved the Olympic standard of 1.93m (six-foot-four) May 7 at the Ward Haylett Invitational meet at her home track in Manhattan, Kan.

Prince George high jumper Alyx Treasure won the Canadian Olympic trials Saturday in Edmonton to qualify for the Olympics Games next month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“It was good – I thought I competed really well with the field and then I kind of dropped the ball after I won, and I was a little upset about that,” said Treasure. “I’m 99 per cent sure that I made the team but until I’m on that list it’s still waiting out. I got fitted (for clothing) and got my travel (arrangements) done but I still want to see my name on that list before I completely celebrate.”

On Saturday, Treasure entered the competition with the bar set at 1.75m. She cleared that height successfully on her first attempt, then completed first-attempt triumphs at 1.81m and 1.84m. Natasha Jackson of Calgary and Jillian Drouin of Sarnia, Ont., finished second and third respectively in the trials. Both cleared 1.81m  but failed to go beyond that mark. Neither Jackson nor Drouin achieved the Olympic standard and won’t be part of Canada’s team.
Treasure made three attempts at 1.92m but knocked the bar off each time.

“I won at (1.84) and when I went to (1.92) it definitely hit home that I won and I didn’t necessarily need this bar and I got into the wrong mindset,” she said.

The Rio Olympics run Aug. 5-21. The qualifying round for the women’s high jump in Rio is set for Thursday, Aug. 18 starting at 10 a.m. Brazil time. The finals are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8:30 p.m. local time. Rio is four hours ahead of the Pacific time zone. Treasure knows she will have to exceed her personal best – 1.93m – to advance to the Olympic final.

“I think I have a pretty good shot of getting into the finals. It’s kind of anybody’s game right now with high jump, there’s nobody who’s been a clear leader,” she said. “Practice has gone really well, competition is where the rust has been at with my height. My fitness is where it needs to be, so I think when I get there I’ll be able to perform.”

Treasure posted a second-place finish at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic in Burnaby, June 17. She plans to compete in an American Track league meet on July 23, where she will hook up with her coach from Kansas State, Cliff Rovelto, who will be the high jump coach for the American team at the Olympics.

Treasure knows there are risks involved with going to Rio, where there are concerns about security, pollution and the Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes. Six years ago, Treasure was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which causes an inflammation of the intestines. The medication she uses to treat the condition weakens her immune system and she’s not allowed to receive any active vaccinations.

“I’m at an extremely high risk of any kind of virus and it is a concern I can’t ignore but it’s the Games and you can’t miss out on that,” she said.

Treasure’s father, Steve, plans to make the trip to Brazil from Prince George but her mother Cindy is still uncertain whether she will be in the stands in Rio when her daughter jumps at the Olympics.

Prince George’s Geoff Martinson, a 30-year-old who now lives in Vancouver, competed at the trials in the men’s 5,000m run. Due to a nagging knee injury, he hadn’t planned to attend the meet. However, he was on the track and finished in fifth place in a time of 14:10.15. Ontario’s Mohammed Ahmed crossed the line first in 14:00.93.

• One other Prince George athlete, Zach Matyas, competed at the Olympic trials, in the 800m run. Matyas ran the first heat on Friday in 1:59.79 but failed to advance to the finals.

“I got in the slow heat, unfortunately, and they take the 10 fastest times of the three heats,” said the 20-year-old Matyas, who needed a time of 1:55 to advance. “I was the fastest guy in the heat so I was trying to push the other guys to go a little quicker. The other heats get to watch the heat before them so they knew they have to go faster than us to get to the next round.”

David Gendreau-Fillion of Gatineau, Que., won the men’s 800 in 1:52.71.

Matyas, a Duchess Park secondary school graduate, attends Douglas College in New Westminster, majoring in psychology. He competes with the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club. He plans to compete this weekend in the B.C. championships, which start Friday in Nanaimo.

• At the trials, which also served as the Canadian championships, Emma Floris of Vanderhoof was in the junior division. In the 400m race, she won her heat in a time of 57.16. In the finals, Floris ended up 19th with a clocking of 59.16.

No Practice today July 09 2016 do to East Indian Games. Sorry for the inconvenienca

9 07 2016

July 4th workout cancelled.

4 07 2016

Due to the nasty weather today we are cancelling the workout for tonight.

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King, Barwise and Martinson in the news.

26 05 2016

Practice makes perfect for PGSS hurdler

Ted Clarke | Prince George Citizen May 24, 2016 09:24.

Lindsay King’s jumping stride is like that of an animal you might see on an African safari. Watching her gracefully leap the hurdles in the junior girls 80-metre event Saturday at the north central zone high school track and field championships was like watching a springbok take flight to escape the clutches of a charging lion.  The 16-year-old Grade 10 student at Prince George secondary school won the race easily in 13.06 seconds, just one-hundredth of a second off her personal best time.  “It felt pretty good,” said King. “It’s a lot of practice and it works good in your races if you work a lot in practice.  “This is King’s seventh season as a member of the Prince George Track and Field Club.  As a first-year junior last year at the B.C. high school championships, King finished second in the 300m hurdles and will be looking to better that mark when she returns to the provincial meet, June 2-4 in Nanaimo.  “I’m not as fast (in the 300) but I have enough endurance to keep it up the whole way, whereas a lot of girls don’t have the endurance to keep it up the whole way,” said King.  “I’ve always liked hurdles. I have long legs so I could always do it pretty good.  It’s more fun than just running, that’s boring.”King says she can feel her knee at her chest and can see her foot as she straightens out her leading leg to clear the hurdle.  “She has beautiful long legs and arms and she’s so graceful going over the hurdles – it’s so effortless for her and she’s an amazing runner,” said PGTFC junior coach Carly Frenkel.   “We just have to fix her arms.”Frenkel is trying to get King to bend her arms into her body more as she leaves the blocks to speed up her starts, but other than that, there are few flaws in her hurdles races.On Friday, King captured gold in the junior girls 300m hurdle event, stopping the clock in 50.77 seconds, well off her personal best time of 46.57.  “It’s hard here (to get a PB) because there’s not as much competition to push you,” she said.  She also won the junior 400m in 1:05.74 (five seconds off her best time) and was the first junior girl across the line in the 200m, winning in 28.50. At provincials, she will race the 80m and 300m hurdles as well as the 400m run.King has qualified for the Legion national meet the past two years and competed in the event in 2014, but did not go last year. The meet is on her radar again and this time she hopes to be racing in Sainte-Thrse/Blainville, Que., Aug. 5-7. She’s moved up an age group at the national level, which means she will be running 400m hurdles, rather than 300m hurdles.

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Tough choices ahead for track star

Ted Clarke | Prince George Citizen
May 23, 2016 09:45 PM

Robyn Barwise is coming to a crossroads in her athletic pursuits.

Having turned 15 in March, she’s at an age where it doesn’t matter what sport she tries, she’s good at it. But right now there are too many sports on her plate and not enough time, and that’s forcing the hand of the Grade 9 Prince George secondary school student.

She’s involved in competitive speed skating, wrestling, basketball, volleyball, soccer and track and field and would love to give rugby a try, but something has to give. Track, speed skating and cross-country running will remain prominent on Barwise’s priority list, but it seems her days as a wrestler and volleyball player are numbered.

“I do a lot of stuff and I’ll probably have to choose right away,” Barwise said.

“It’s kind of an on-off thing in wrestling. I really like some meets but sometimes I’m just not feeling it. I’m really good at wresting but I think I like speed skating and cross-country running more. I’m better at track, but I’ve been doing soccer since I was four and it’s fun. I think I’ll drop volleyball next year.”

Barwise moved to Prince George from Mackenzie last September and made great strides on the ice with the Prince George Blizzard speed skating club, finishing third in the province in her age category and eighth at the Western Canadian championships.

Her Prince George address also gave her the chance to train full-time with the Prince George Track and Field Club. But lately, between track workouts and soccer games and practices, all that running has taken a toll and she’s developed shin splits from not getting enough rest. If the pain was bothering her, Barwise didn’t show it this past weekend at the north central zone track and field championships at Masich Place Stadium. She won the junior/juvenile girls 2,000-metre steeplechase, and the 400m, 800m and 1,500m runs, and also won the juvenile triple jump and competed for PGSS in the 4 X 400m relay race.

“She’s just a strong girl, and that comes out on the steeple,” said PGTFC coach Brian Martinson.

“She placed very high in our cross-country season as a Grade 9, racing with the seniors. The problem with kids like her is they often overdo it, but that will settle down. She’s a tough, multi-sport kid.”

With her success at the zone meet, Barwise is now qualified in all her running events for the provincial track and field championships in Nanaimo, June 2-4.

Martinson figures Barwise will be a strong contender in the steeplechase and the 3,000m events at the B.C. Summer Games in Abbotsford, July 21-24. Next year, when she’s old enough to compete in the youth category, she will be taking aim at the Canadian Legion national championships.

“She’s a little ways off for that, and she has a little work to do to get to that level, but Summer Games will be a good indicator because you get kids from all over the province,” said Martinson.

Barwise played on the PGSS junior basketball and volleyball teams and was back on the mats for her sixth season on the high school wrestling scene, where she finished second out of 19 at the B.C. age class meet in Edmonton and qualified for the national finals for the second straight year. She also played school soccer and helped the Polars win bronze at the north central zone triple-A tournament two weeks ago in Quesnel.

Barwise missed two of the three tryouts for the Timberwolves club basketball team due to conflicts with her volleyball and wrestling schedule, and as it turned out she didn’t make the team. She considered rugby, but there was no way she could fit it in.

Her wrestling and lacrosse background made her more aggressive and toughened Barwise mentally and physically. That helps her excel in speed skating races and keeps her focused when dealing with the pressure of serving a volleyball in a close game. She’s added four inches of height in two years and continues to get stronger and develop endurance – a key to her victory in the steeplechase Saturday.

“That was my second steeplechase and I really like it – I like long distance,” she said. “I think steeple is my favourite to compete in at track meets. It’s challenging and just different from anything else.”

Barwise’s father Ken coached her in lacrosse and is coaching the PGSS track and wrestling teams. He says she’s always had a strong work ethic, which also shows in her grades at school, and from an early age she’s shown her passion for playing sports.

“She played lacrosse until two years ago, when size (compared to the boys) made a big difference and then she switched to competitive soccer,” Ken said. “She’s always had the lung capacity and her wrestling was awesome this year but I think she’s going to quit it, which is too bad because it’s probably the sport she’s best at.”

Now that she’s into her mid-teens, picking one or two sports as her specialty is necessary for her to stay competitive with her peers at the highest level.

“In speed skating she’s realizing that the girls who are ahead of her – and she’s starting to close that gap – are only speed skating, and it’s killing her to choose, but she’s going to have to choose,” said Ken.

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Injury knocks Martinson off stride in Olympic chase

Jason Peters | Prince George Citizen
May 24, 2016 09:24

Under normal circumstances, Geoff Martinson would be going full speed ahead, trying to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Instead, the 30-year-old distance runner is on the limp. He’s been dealing with a right knee injury since early January, one that’s keeping him from pursuing a spot on Team Canada for the Games, Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bottom line? His Olympic dream is over.

“At this point, I’m really just trying to get back to being able to run normally at all,” said Martinson, who was born and raised in Prince George and has been living in Vancouver for the past two years.

“I’ve kind of come to peace with it all now. But at the time, I knew exactly how fit I was (before the injury) so I was very aware of how much I was losing with every week that went by. I’ve had my share of injuries throughout my career, but something like a stress fracture, it’s just about waiting it out. It will heal. But with this one, I was seeing a sports doctor weekly, I was seeing (a physiotherapist) every few days, getting massaged. Nothing I threw at it would help.”

Martinson missed representing Canada in the 1,500-metre distance at the 2012 Olympics in London. For these Games, he was targeting the 5,000m race and needed to make the Canadian Olympic standard of 13 minutes 25 seconds. That, along with a top-two finish at July’s Canadian championships in Edmonton, would have guaranteed him a trip to Rio.

Martinson’s personal-best clocking in the 5,000 is 13:43 – admittedly off the Olympic pace, but he liked his chances of trimming his time.

“It was always going to be sort of a long shot (to qualify) but I was definitely confident I had a good chance of hitting it,” he said. “Just based on the way training was going, and early-season races and past results, I definitely thought there was a good chance of it.”

Martinson’s injury isn’t linked to one specific incident. He said it “came on out of nowhere” and first presented itself with a sharp pain several hours after a morning workout. Initially, the discomfort was on the side of his kneecap and his doctor tried to treat it with cortisone injections. Now, Martinson said the spot that’s giving him trouble is right under the kneecap and is difficult to reach with any kind of treatment.

He had an MRI exam a few weeks ago and said it showed “a mixed bag” of results.

“The main finding was a thickening of one of the minor ligaments in the knee joint,” said Martinson, one of the most successful athletes in the history of the Prince George Track and Field Club. “Although the ligament itself isn’t especially important, its location within the joint causes it to rub against the kneecap with movement and become irritated. I don’t know if I can say it’s good or disappointing that there wasn’t a more conclusive finding, such as a tear, but it gives me something to focus on with treatment going ahead.”

Martinson, who considers his 1,500m semifinal appearance at the 2011 world championships as his track and field highlight, is now shifting his focus away from competitive running and toward his career objectives. He graduated from the University of Victoria in 2009 with a biochemistry degree and is currently enrolled in the University of British Columbia’s pharmacy program.

“It’s a really good program and it’s going well,” he said. “I’m pretty involved with the undergrad society and there are various organizations for pharmacy, (including) the Society for Hospital Pharmacy. I’m involved with that as one of the student ambassadors so, outside of running, there have still been some really good opportunities to try and do some neat things.”

After Martinson graduates from the UBC pharmacy program, he plans to apply for hospital residency.

“That’s the path to do hospital pharmacy,” he said. “So if I get into residency I’ll do more clinical work in a hospital setting.”

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Treasure makes the grade for Olympics

9 05 2016

Ted Clarke / Prince George Citizen
May 7, 2016 09:21 PM

Alyx Treasure of Prince George has qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She cleared 1.93 metres Saturday while winning the Ward Haylett Invitational meet at her home track at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.   – Errol Anderson

High-jumper Alyx Treasure is making plans for Rio.
While winning the Ward Haylett Invitational meet Saturday at her home track at Manhattan, Kansas, the 23-year-old Prince George Track and Field Club member cleared the bar at 1.93 metres (six-foot-four), the Olympic standard for women.
Treasure is now qualified to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this August.
“It was a good day, it was pretty smooth-sailing all the way through,” said Treasure, who was fighting off the effects of a head cold. “I’ve been noticing that the worse I feel before a meet, the better I do.”
Competing in the open category at the Haylett meet, having used up her college eligibility, Treasure jumped clear at 1.79 m, 1.84m and 1.89 m and made her second attempt at 1.93m, having never before cleared the bar at that height, even in practice. She knew she had only a narrow window of opportunity, with a July 11 deadline for Olympic qualifying rapidly approaching.
“It was so surreal when it happened,” said Treasure, a marketing/entrepreneur major at Kansas Sate University in Manhattan.
“My indoor season started early because I wanted to give myself as many chances as I could. It is hard to find (outdoor) meets in the NCAA season in May, there aren’t many meets that get put on here. I knew I wouldn’t have many opportunities, even though it’s two months before (the Canadian Olympic) trials, so I was definitely feeling the pressure.
“It helped that I know the track and the pit, which took a lot of thinking out of the jump.”
Treasure, who started high jumping when she was nine, is the only female Canadian qualified for the Olympic high jump and she becomes the first Prince George track and field athlete to make the Olympic grade.
“I’m delighted for Alyx,” said Tom Maisich, who coached her for five years at the PGTFC. “If she does qualify at 1.93 or higher and can duplicate that in the early rounds in Rio, it should put in the top 12 for the finals.”
Treasure took three attempts at 1.96 m on Kansas and was close on all three.
Had she not achieved the 1.93m standard on Saturday she would have had just one more meet, the Harry Jerome International Track Classic in Burnaby, June 17, to try to qualify before the trials in Edmonton, July 7-10. She requires a top-three finish at trials to officially punch her ticket to Rio.
“I’m not sure if it’s the top three who have the Olympic standard will go, maybe one other girl will have that, so basically I’m good,” she said. “Once you have standard in Canada, especially in the field events, you’ve kind of signed your ticket.”
“Because I was jumping at the level I was (beyond 1.80 m) I could only get into a certain amount of meets because of that, but now that I’ve made standard it opens up a whole other realm of meets and now I have options for a bunch of other meets,” said Treasure, who is looking forward to finding consistency while competing the next few months against top-ranked international high-jumpers.
“It’s a whole new ball game. Honestly, it hasn’t set in yet (that she’s qualified for the Olympics), give me a couple weeks to wrap my head around it. Once the work sets in and I have to get competitive at that higher level it will be a lot different for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to make a living at this sport.”
Sponsored by Body First, Treasure is in the process of trying to find an agent, which will help determine where she will compete next. She’s now eligible for Canadian Olympic team funding.
“It’s perfect timing because I’m just finishing school and I graduate next week (on Saturday, the day she celebrates her 24th birthday),” she said.
Treasure said she’s no longer with her steady boyfriend, who played for the Kansas State football team, and she’s enjoying her single status.
“That’s why I’m doing so well,” she laughed. “I’m married to track instead.”

No track practise on Saturday.

6 05 2016

No Track & Field this Saturday:
There will be no track and field practice this Saturday, May 7th, due to “Relay for Life” taking place at the Stadium.
Dylan Armstrong Meet – Kamloops, BC
A reminder of the Dylan Armstrong Meet coming up in Kamloops, May 13 and 14th.  Registration deadline for this meet is tomorrow .   Here is their link if you  are wanting to register for the meet:

Sub Zero Registration News

17 04 2016

You now have a third way to register for the meet.  We have added online registration from the TrackieReg site.  Just follow the link and fill in the online form. Like our online membership you will pay online.

ENTRY FEES: PGTF members – free

$10.00/person (non-PGTF members) if submitted by Hy-Tek.

$15.00/person if submitted by fax, e-mail (without Hy-Tek) or mail-in.


Hy-Tek:  Please contact Brian at regarding Hy-Tek entries. Team Manager Lite is free and available at: Instructions for Team Manager Lite are at:

Online at TrackieReg or

2016 Track & Field Registration

24 01 2016



Outdoor registration (in person) begins with our first workout for the senior group on April 2nd at 10 am at Masich track.  We have workouts Saturday morning, then Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm the first week.  The juniors start on April 9th.  From then on we are at the track Saturday, Monday-Thursday.

ON-LINE REGISTRATION has finally arrived for our Club.  Please visit . This super simple process is now available at no extra cost to our Athletes.

The $100.00 Levy cheque will still be required, postdated to September 5, 2016 for 10 hours of your time at our Track Meets (not applicable to Track Rascal Athletes).  This can be dropped off at first practice.

Come by and find out more about our plans for the 2016 season.   You can find out more about our various programs and fees under “Our Programs” tab on our website at


PG Track and Field
Celebrating over 40 Years of Excellence

New PGTF Facebook Pages

20 01 2016

PGTF is finally on Facebook! Join our Facebook group and like our Facebook Page to stay up to date with all of the latest news and events happening with the Prince George Track and Field Club!


Geoff Martinson to run for Canada

13 01 2016

GeoffGeoff Martinson, former PGTF athlete, will represent Canada at the NACAC 10km championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico.





Geoff previously represented Canada at the World Youth track championships, World University Championships, NACAC Track championships, Chiba Ekiden in Japan and the World Track and Field championships in Daegu S. Korea in 2011.

This summer Geoff will try to qualify for the Olympic games in Brazil in the 5000m race.

Here is a link to last years results for the race:

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Marchant and Martinson selected for 2016 NACAC Road Race Cup
Posted on:    12 January 2016

Lanni Marchant of London, Ont., and Geoff Martinson of Vancouver, B.C., have been selected for the 2016 NACAC Road Race Cup taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico February 28, 2016 at the World’s Best 10k, an IAAF Gold Label event.

Marchant, of the London Western Track and Field Club, had the top Canadian 10km time in 2015 of 31:49 achieved at the Canadian 10km Championships in Ottawa, Ont., on May 23. One-week later she also won the Canadian Half Marathon Championships in Calgary with an impressive altitude time of 1:12:17. Her third national road title in 2015 came at the Canadian Marathon Championships in Toronto on October 18 in a time of 2:28:09, the second fastest Canadian time ever. Marchant owns the Canadian women’s marathon record of 2:28:00. Marchant trains in Tennessee, Kenya and Ontario under her long-time coach Dave Mills.

Martinson, of the Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Club, was selected by virtue of his time of 29:32, ranked third in Canada in 2015, achieved en route to winning the Eastside 10k in Vancouver on September 19. Geoff also set a 5km road personal best and 2015 Canadian leading time of 13:56 in San Jose, California at the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot on November 26. Geoff trains with BC Endurance Project (BCEP) under coach Richard Lee.

For more information about Athletics Canada road running programs:

John Lofranco
Road Running Coordinator
Athletics Canada
613 260 5580 ext. 3314

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