Founded by Geordie and Earl Farrell over 35 years ago, the Saugeen Track & Field Club (STFC) is one of Canada's preeminent track and field organizations; consistently ranked among the top track and field clubs in the country.  The Club has produced three Olympians, a Rhodes Scholar and two athletes who have won World Championship medals. Athletes have won 83 National Championship medals and over 1600 Provincial titles. The Saugeen Track & Field Club is always in search of highly motivated and hard working athletes.

Cross Country Training Program Starts in September

Following a very successful outdoor track season, Saugeen TFC's cross country training and jumps/hurdles conditioning programs begin in September.

Cross country training is offered for athletes in grades 6 and up.  Practices take place Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Saugeen Bluffs.  High school aged athletes also have a Saturday morning practice.  For information contact Brian at hilbers@bmts.com

For more information on the jumps and hurdles conditioning program contact Jacqui at jacquiwest@hotmail.ca

 

Saugeen TFC Captures Provincial Team Title

27 members of the Saugeen Track and Field Club travelled to the University of Windsor on August 2-4 to compete for the Athletics Ontario U14/U16/U18 Track and Field Championships. The Championships involve the top track and field athletes from over 100 clubs across the province. STFC returned home with the Midget (U16) Overall Championship and were second in the Youth (U18) division. This is an amazing accomplishment from a small rural club competing against all the big centres across the province.  We are very proud of our athletes.

Saugeen athletes combined for 24 medals – 10 gold, 11 silver and 3 bronze. 30 personal best performances and 8 STFC Age Class Records were also recorded over the weekend competition.

Michelle Van Stuyvenberg set an AO Meet Record and an Athletics Ontario U15 record in the Midget Girls 3k Hammer with a 48.85m launch.

Jeremy Elliott, Ryan Jacklin, Harley Martin, Billie Martin, Ben Brewer, Emily Bryce and Chloe Kaufman were all multiple medalists.  Elliott led the way with 4 medals – 1 gold and 3 silver.

19 Medal Performance at Ontario Legion Provincial Championships

Saugeen TFC athletes came home with 19 medals from the Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Track and Field Championships in Brampton on July 12-13.  Medal winners were as follows:

15 and under age class:

Michelle Van Stuyvenberg hammer throw (gold)
Harley Martin Javelin (silver); shot put (silver)
Claire Rands 1200m (silver); 800m (gold)
Ben Brewer shot put (gold); discus (bronze)
Lucas Jacklin javelin (gold)
Tristan Bouius 2000m (silver)

17 and under age class:

Billie Martin hammer throw (gold); shot put (silver)
Emily Bryce 3000m (gold)
Hanna Van Stuybenberg discus (silver)
Ryan Jacklin hammer throw (gold); discus (gold); shot put (bronze)
Jeremy Elliott hammer throw (silver); discus (silver); shot put (silver)

 

5 Medal Performance at Athletics Ontario Under 20 and Open Championship

Congratulations to the Saugeen TFC athletes who competed at the Athletics Ontario Provincial under 20 and Open track and field championships at York University on July 12-14.  These athletes came home with five medals:

Jeremy Elliott U20 hammer throw (gold)
Billie Martin U20 hammer throw (silver)
Emily Branderhorst Open high jump (bronze)
Caleb Keeling U20 high jump (bronze)
Naomi Herman U20 3000m (silver)

8 Medal Performance at OFSAA Track & Field Championships

Congratulations to the 12 Saugeen TFC athletes who, while competing for their high schools, competed at the OFSAA track and field championships June 6 - 8 in Guelph.  These athletes  competed in 21 events and brought home 8 medals. 

Ryan Jacklin (SB) shot put (9th), discus (13th)
Jeremy Elliott (SB) shot put (5th), discus (Bronze)
Scott Gilstorf (SB) high jump (12th)
Billie Martin (SG) shot put (4th), discus (7th)
Hanna Van Stuyvenberg (SG) discus (Bronze)
Anna Carruthers (SG) 1500m (19th), 3000m (16th)
Samara Quanz (SG) 2000m steeplechase (9th)
Emily Bryce (JG) 1500m (9th), 3000m (Gold)
Ana Morariu (JG) 1500m (10th), 3000m (7th)
Tristan Bouius (MB) 1500m (6th)
Ben Brewer (MB) shot put (Gold), discus (Gold)
Harley Martin (MG) shot put (Silver), discus (Gold), javelin (Gold)

Passing of Coach Earl Farrell

It is with great sadness that the Saugeen TFC family shares the news of the passing of Coach Earl Farrell, club founder, mentor and visionary.

Earl was a difference maker in the local community, the track and field community and with his athletes.  The Club, alumni and current athletes and coaches will always be indebted to Coach Earl.

 

Great Performances all around during Indoor Season

For the indoor season, Saugeen TFC won the U18 (youth) division, finished second in the U20 (junior) division and finished 3rd overall in Provincial Club standings (for all divisions combined).

 

Highlights from the season include:

 

A 10 medal performance at Athletics Ontario U18/Senior Provincial championships (Feb 9/10):

 

Naomi Herman (SG) 1500m bronze, 3000m gold

Billie Martin (YG) shot put gold, weight throw gold

Hanna Van Stuyvenberg (YG) shot put bronze

Ryan Jacklin (YB) shot put gold, weight throw gold

Jeremy Elliott (YB) shot put bronze, weight throw silver

4 x 800m (YG) gold (Morariu, Rands, Quanz, Quanz)

 

An 11 medal performance at Athletics Ontario U14, U16, U20 Provincial championships (March 2/3):

 

Emily Bryce (JG) 3000m gold

Naomi Herman (JG) 3000m silver

Caleb Keeling (JB) high jump silver

Harley Martin (MG) shot put gold

Billie Martin (JG) shot put bronze, weight throw silver

Michelle Van Stuyvenberg (MG) weight throw silver

Jeremy Elliott (JB) weight throw gold

Ryan Jacklin (JB) weight throw silver

4 x 800m (MG) silver (Quanz, Wheeler, Hilbers, Rands)

4 x 800m (JG) silver (Morariu, Bryce, Jez, Quanz)

 

A 3 medal performance at the Minor track and field Provincial championships

 

Claire Rands (SG) 1500m bronze, 800m silver

Eli Bouius (AB) 1500m gold

 

In addition, the following Club and Age Class records were set this indoor season:

 

17 Year Olds

 

Ryan Jacklin shot put, 17.93 (5k) (previous record K. Bowman 2010)

Ryan Jacklin shot put, 15.01 (6k) (previous record K. Bowman 2010)

Billie Martin weight throw, 15.27 (20lb) (previous record C. Bailey 2005)

Billie Martin weight throw, 16.75 (16lb)  (previous record H. Diebol 2015)

Ryan Jacklin, weight throw, 21.79 (20lb) (previous record K. Bowman 2010)

Jeremy Elliott, weight throw, 19.69 (25lb) (previous record A. Pilar 2008)

4 x 800m relay (A. Morariu, C. Rands, B. Quanz, S. Quanz) 10:08.67 (previous record Green, Rudell, Hunter, Hodgson 2008)

 

16 Year Olds

Emily Bryce 3000m, 10:13.92 (previous record P. Kuntz 1990)

 

15 Year Olds

Harley Martin weight throw, 14.10 (12lb) (previous record S. Fischer 2017)

 

14 Year Olds

Michelle Van Stuyvenburg weight throw, 14.82 (12lb) (previous record H. Martin 2018)

 

12 Year Olds

Eli Bouius 1500m, 5:14.50 (previous record S. Nusselder 2011)

 

Let’s build on these great performances and have an even more impressive outdoor season!

2018 Highlights

 

  • Club founders, Earl and Geordie Farrell, were inducted into the Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame;
  • Club athletes win 6 National championship medals;
  • Saugeen TFC wins provincial team titles in Youth (U18) and Bantam (U14) age categories at Athletics Ontario Provincial track and field championships in Windsor as Club athletes come home with a 31 medal performance;
  • Youth Girls (Quanz, Herman, Carruthers, Morariu) take home gold and Bantam Girls (Rands, Quanz, Boyce, Wheeler and Pope) take home silver at the Athletics Ontario Provincial cross country championships;
  • Emily Bryce (SDSS) wins OFSAA gold in junior girls XC;
  • Samara Quanz and Emily Bryce were named to Team Ontario's U18 team for the Canadian National cross country championships in Kingston;
  • Saugeen TFC athletes win 13 medals at the RCL Provincial track and field championships;
  • Ryan Jacklin (throws), Ben Brewer (throws) and Emily Bryce (mid-distance) are named to Team Ontario for the RCL National Youth track and field championships in Brandon, Manitoba;
  • Ryan Jacklin is named to Team Canada for the U18 track and field invitation in Kingston Jamaica;
  • Saugeen TFC athletes competing for their respective high schools bring home 8 OFSAA track and field medals;
  • Emily Bryce (mid-distance), Harley Martin (throws) and Ben Brewer (throws) named to Team Ontario for Quebec/Ontario U16 dual meet.

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