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  • mojo
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    Ben is definitely a big talent. I hope he doesn't keep running 800m. Plenty of time to move up to that event in the future. He has speed and that is where he should focus his efforts.
    We will have a very good 4x400m at the Legion meet. We also have Brandon Restall from the island who ran 49.2 at the HS meet-also very new to track.

    Now let's keep them in the sport past age 19!

    Sorry but I don't know Shane's times from grade 10 and 11. I am sure they are out there somewhere...maybe look at AC rankings back in those days? Not sure if they are online that far back though.

    I was living in the boonies for those years so didn't see him run before grade 12.

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  • Per Andersen
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    Re: Any TC updates?

    Originally posted by mojo


    Rainy-Shane holds the BC HS 400m record-46.8 which he set in 1996. I predict that record will stand for many years to come.

    Well, maybe not if Ben Ayesuh-Attah developes as he should or could.
    Yeah, the guy in "my" club! 48.55 in the World Youth and making it into the second round + he anchored Canada to 5th in the "Swedish relay"

    He's only 16 and only got serious last year in the 400. This year he ran his first and only 800 at Langley. Had no idea about pacing but felt he should be able to run sub 2. He just hung with the other guys and won easily running 60-59
    for a 1.59.

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  • rainy.here
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    Yes, I'm familiar with the site, but I seem to recall Niemi winning the 400m 3years in a row, and wondered if you remember what sort of times he was running in grade 10 and 11.

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  • mojo
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    Re: Any TC updates?

    Originally posted by mike renfro
    Originally posted by mojo
    I am not a track geek so don't spend my time searching for this stuff.... :wink:
    C'mon, you are as geeky as any of us on the boards.
    I am geeky in my own way just not with stats and numbers. :lol:

    Rainy-Shane holds the BC HS 400m record-46.8 which he set in 1996. I predict that record will stand for many years to come.

    Have you ever checked out the BC HS T&F site?

    http://www.bcsscctfa.bc.ca/webs/track/tf_records.html

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  • mike renfro
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    Re: Any TC updates?

    Originally posted by mojo
    I am not a track geek so don't spend my time searching for this stuff.... :wink:
    C'mon, you are as geeky as any of us on the boards.

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  • rainy.here
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    Originally posted by mojo
    Shane was a definite talent and I am sure he did feel pretty discouraged. Things have improved since he competed. Tyler has certainly received more support than Shane did.
    I will never forget watching Shane run at the BC HS Champs- a man among boys! :shock:

    And another great from Kamloops ala Reed and Armstrong.
    As I'm moving soon and have packed up my BC Highschool Champs publications, what times did Niemi run?

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  • mojo
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    Shane was a definite talent and I am sure he did feel pretty discouraged. Things have improved since he competed. Tyler has certainly received more support than Shane did.
    I will never forget watching Shane run at the BC HS Champs- a man among boys! :shock:

    And another great from Kamloops ala Reed and Armstrong.

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  • nbonaddio
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    Originally posted by mojo
    I imagine TC ,like any othe athlete who made it to the top echelons of a sport, would really miss the money and the lifestyle.

    It would be very difficult to train and more importantly compete in track and field only for money. I suppose it can be done but it seems to be it is one of those things where passion and inner drive are what provide the will to win. Kinda hard to put your body through all that punishment when your head and heart aren't really into it.

    Just rambling.....
    I was just reading an older article about Shane Niemi, who said that it was very difficult to find joy in the sport given the resources of Athletics Canada and apparently missing out on three OGs. He is a bit before my time, but were these comments justified? I'm personally curious because Niemi is definitely a Finnish surname.

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  • mojo
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    I imagine TC ,like any othe athlete who made it to the top echelons of a sport, would really miss the money and the lifestyle.

    It would be very difficult to train and more importantly compete in track and field only for money. I suppose it can be done but it seems to be it is one of those things where passion and inner drive are what provide the will to win. Kinda hard to put your body through all that punishment when your head and heart aren't really into it.

    Just rambling.....

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  • Per Andersen
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    But does he have to stay in Edmonton? It's tough for him, he lost two coaches in 1/2 year. If he needs more inspiration can't he go somewhere else?

    I think Mojo might be right in hinting at Tyler being ready to pack it in.

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  • nbonaddio
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    Originally posted by mojo
    I hope you aren't lumping me in with people who are harsh on athletes who have problems with the pressure nbonaddio.
    I have a lot of sympathy for those athletes.
    Nope! I'm not a name namer, but either way, you weren't one of them.

    I do hope TC gets his head on straight, and his attitude in the right place. The story about him no-showing in the relay was appalling.

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  • mojo
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    I hope you aren't lumping me in with people who are harsh on athletes who have problems with the pressure nbonaddio.
    I have a lot of sympathy for those athletes.

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  • rasb
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    Originally posted by poodabear
    So does this mean he can still run for Canada if he gets his act together, even though he didn't run in their Championship final? :shock:

    He has no 'A' standard in 2009, which is part of the selection criteria. 2008 'A' standards don't count in Canada.

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  • poodabear
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    So does this mean he can still run for Canada if he gets his act together, even though he didn't run in their Championship final? :shock:

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  • nbonaddio
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    Originally posted by mojo
    That article pretty well sums up what I have heard from people who were trying to help Tyler get motivated this year.

    I feel sorry for him in some ways. I just wish he would always be as honest as he was in that article.
    His tendency to play the victim and to diss other Canadian athletes wins him little sympathy.
    If he is burnt out etc. and having a hard time dealing with the pressure that is understandable. Big time athleteics seems to be a pressure cooker few of us could handle. (okay every one here would never lose or have a bad day :wink: )I am in awe of those who stay at the top year after year.

    I really wonder if he will return to the sport. If not I wish him the best and if he does I hope he finds a coaching situation that suits him.
    This reminds me of a thread last year where Andrew Rock was taken to the cleaners by some posters for essentially saying that he was having panic attacks before races, which obviously made him consider his future in the sport. It's odd to me that a lot of people find it easy to dismiss the amount of stress and mental fatigue such an elite career takes out of a person. Even though I find a lot of his behavior to be beyond excuse, I wish him the best.

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