December 17, 2020
AYLMER, ON. - One of the premier middle distance runners in Canada is staying close to home. Hallee Knelsen, a Grade 12 student at East Elgin secondary school in Aylmer, received numerous offers, but in the end chose Western University, in London, to continue her education and running career.
November 14, 2020
LONDON, ON. - Cross country runners from across western Ontario had an opportunity to race.
Cross country meets, including the entire high school season, have been a casualty of Covid-19, leaving time trials and virtual races as the only options, under provincial health regulations.
Usually one meet for the entire province, Athletics Ontario had to divide their annual championship into three regionals, West, East and Central.
Fanshawe Golf Club, the site of the cancelled OFSAA high school provincial meet, hosted the AO West Region championships. Athletes were placed in waves of no more than eight runners each, based on seed times.
September 12, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Athletes have returned to track and field meets across the province, including those from St. Thomas Legion. Meet size is a major difference in COVID-19 times, with only a handful of events at each site.
Despite the lack of training over the summer compared to normal years, St. Thomas athletes are posting solid results in the first outdoor meets of the year.
Hallee Knelsen won the open women's 800 metre run, at the Back to Track Meet three, at the Terry Fox Stadium, in Brampton.
Arthur Stanat brought home gold medals in both the 16-17 year old men's shot put, winning by two metres (15.10 metres) and discus (45.84m), at the Southwest Throws Invitational, at College Avenue school, in Woodstock.
Stanat's sister, Lexi, won the 14-15 year old women's javelin (33.55m) event and placed second in shot put (12.15m).
March 3, 2020
TORONTO, ON. - Hallee Knelsen brought home three silver medals at Athletics Ontario Under-20 indoor track and field championships. Knelsen was second, with indoor personal best times, in the women's 400 (57.70 seconds), 800 (2:10.26) and 1500-metre (4:37.95) races. Tayah DeSousa won the U20 long jump (5.59 metres) and finished third in the 60-metre hurdles (8.84 sec.) Michael Roth finished second in the U20 men's 400-metre run (50.01 sec.)
Roth, Dylen Belanger, Bailey Couch and Mason Basson, won the U20 men's 1600-metre medley relay race, in 3:38.83.
Hannah McIntyre, of Dorchester, won the 2000-metre run (6:49.86), at the U16 championships occurring simultaneously with the U20 meet.
February 9, 2020
TORONTO, ON. - If Hallee Knelsen had raced on a dirt track, the dust would have cleared before the rest of the competition reached the finish line. Knelsen won the women's 800 metre run by seven seconds (2:10.9) and the 1500 metres by nearly four seconds (4:38.29), at Athletics Ontario Under-18 provincial indoor track and field championships, February 8/9. Knelsen was one of four athletes to medal for St. Thomas Legion and one of 12 top 10 individual results. Several Legion athletes had personal best and set new club records. St. Thomas was second overall in combined team scores.
January 27, 2020
TORONTO, ON. - Bailey Couch is a heptathlon provincial champion. The St. Thomas Legion track and field club member won the Under-20 men's heptathlon at Athletics Ontario (AO) Indoor combined events championships, held at the Toronto track and field centre, January 26th.
January 13, 2020
TORONTO, ON. - The St. Thomas Legion club had three gold medalists and 22 total top 10 results at Athletics Ontario indoor series meet one, January 11/12th, at the Toronto track and field centre. Hallee Knelsen won both the under-18 women's 800 (2:13.34) and 1500 metre (4:44.54) races. Tayah DeSousa won the U18 women's long jump (5.14m) and placed second in the 60-metre hurdles (8.91 sec.).
Michael Roth won the U20 men's 400 metres, in 51.57 seconds and finished fifth in the 200 metre dash. Mason Basson brought home silver in the U18 men's 800-metre run (1:59.85).
August 11, 2019
SYDNEY, N.S. - Hallee Knelsen has added to St. Thomas Legion Club's medal count.
The 16-year old took the bronze medal in the under-18 women's 800-metre run, on day three of the National Legion track and field championships, at Cape Breton University.
Her time of 2:09.79 was just off her personal best effort set last weekend at the Athletics Ontario provincials.
St. Thomas athletes now have six medals from the National meet.
Mason Basson just missed his second medal of the meet, finishing fourth, in the U16 boys 800-metre run. Vincent Moore and Harrison Belanger finished seventh and eighth, respectively, behind Basson.
Michael Roth finishes ninth, in the U18 men's 200-metre dash.
AJ Stanat, 16, tossed the five kilogram hammer 43.51 metres, for ninth place in the U18 men's event.
Lily Francis places 12th, in the U18 women's heptathlon, after withdrawing from the 800-metre race.
August 10, 2019
SYDNEY, N.S. - Tayah De Sousa, AJ Stanat, Mason Basson and Michael Roth have made the podium among the best in Canada.
The four St. Thomas Legion club athletes, along with the U16 men's 1600-metre medley relay team, medaled on day one and two of the National Legion track and field championships, at Cape Breton University.
De Sousa captured a silver medal in the under-18 women's 100-metre hurdles final on Friday, finishing in 14.70 seconds.
Basson took bronze in the U16 men's 1200-metre run Friday, crossing the line in 3:18.08.
Roth, wearing the Team Ontario colours, placed third today, in the U18 men's 400-metre dash. Roth, the Ontario 400 champion, finished in 48.69 seconds.
Stanat set a personal best distance taking bronze, today in the U18 men's shot put, with a toss of 14.67 metres. Stanat placed sixth in discus, with a best effort of 43.11 metres on Friday.
The relay team team of Basson, Vincent Moore, Harrison Belanger and Fox Gray, had the third best time (3:48.49) in their race today.
Hallee Knelsen just missed the podium but set a PB time of 4:35.42, finishing fourth, in the U18 women's 1500 metre run on Friday. Knelsen has the 800- metre run on Sunday.
Gray was eighth in the U16 boys 300-metre dash final (38.13 seconds).
Belanger and Moore finished eighth (3:23.82) and ninth (3:24.59) respectively, in the U16 men's 1200-metre run.
Lily Francis sits 11th overall after five events in the heptathlon.
August 4, 2019
WINDSOR, ON. - Michael Roth, Lexi Stanat and the women's 1600-metre medley relay race team captured gold at the Athletics Ontario U14/U16/U18 outdoor track and field championships, over the weekend, at Windsor Stadium.
Roth won the U18 men's 400 metre run in 48.9 seconds. The Parkside C.I. student also placed third in the 200 metre dash (22.24 sec.) and fourth in the 100 dash (11.12 sec.).
The U18 women's 1600-metre medley relay team of Kyra Vellinga, Tayah DeSousa, Earen Klassen and Hallee Knelsen, won in a meet record time of 4:06.68, breaking the old time by almost three seconds faster than 4:09.64, set by Laurel Creek, in 1991.
Knelsen, 16, went home with a medal of each colour, finishing second in the U18 1500 metre run (4:36.64) and third, in the 800-metre run (2:09.54, setting personal best times in both events.
Lexi Stanat won the U14 girls' javelin by five metres (29.86m) and placed second in both shot put (10.24m) and discus (37.37m), behind champion Julia Tunks.
Mason Basson placed second, in the U16 boys' 1200 metre run (3:18.03) and third, in the 800 metres (1:59.54).
Jadyn Luna, of Thorndale, competing with London-Western club, won the U16 girls' long jump.
Aiden Coles, of St. Thomas, competing with London Legion, won the U16 boys 2000 metre race (6:03.09).
July 20, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Michael Roth will be in the National stage for the first time in his track career. The St. Thomas Legion sprinter won the youth men's 400 metres, in 49.4 seconds, at the Legion provincial track and field championships, July 12-13, in Brampton.
Roth, heading into Grade 12 this September, at Parkside C.I., also finished second in the 200 metre dash (22.69 sec.) and fourth, in the 100 metre dash (11.24).
Eight other Legion members had top five results.
Dorchester's Brianna Rand, wearing the London Legion colours, was fourth in both the midget women's 300-metre dash (42.92 sec.) and 200-metre hurdles (29.26 sec.) and fifth, in triple jump (10.28 m).
June 17, 2019
LASALLE, ON. - Mason Basson led St. Thomas Legion Club with a pair of meet record breaking performances, at the Legion District A track and field championships, at Sandwich Secondary School.
The Parkside CI student won the under-16 boys’ 800-metre run, shaving a tenth of the second of the meet record set in 2012, to 2:02.51 and knocked off nearly two seconds in the 1200-metre run, lowering the meet record to 2:02.51. Basson, who also won U16 boys’ high jump, clearing 1.71 metres, was one of nine St. Thomas athletes win events at District A, a qualifier for the provincials, July 12-13th, at the Terry Fox Stadium, in Brampton.
February 12, 2019
TORONTO, ON. - Hallee Knelsen brought home three gold medals from the Athletics Ontario Indoor Under-18 track and field championships, February 8-10th. The winner of the girls' 800 and 1500-metre races, led a continent of 20 athletes from the St. Thomas Legion Club.
Hannah McIntrye, of Dorchester, won the under-16 girls 2000-metre run and third in the 800 metre run, part of the Ontario versus Quebec indoor dual meet, hosted by Athletics Ontario.
October 20, 2018
ST. THOMAS – The St. Thomas Legion track and field club held its annual awards banquet. AJ Stanat and Hallee Knelsen are the club's top male and female athletes of the year.
September 29, 2018
TORONTO, ON. - Three members of the St. Thomas Legion track and field club have been named All-Ontarians, by Athletics Ontario at their 2018 awards gala. Lexi Stanat, in under-14 girls' throws, A.J. Stanat, U16 boys throws and Lily Francis (in photo), U16 girls' combined events. Hannah McIntyre, of Dorchester, who trains with London Legion, is an All-Ontario, in U14 girls' distance running.
August 12, 2018
BRANDON, MB. – Thrower A.J. Stanat and middle distance runner Hallee Knelsen led the St. Thomas Club, at the Legion Youth National track and field championships.
Stanat threw a personal best throw of 15.02 metres, in under 16 men's shot put, for the silver medal. Stanat was also fifth in the hammer throw (42.48m) and sixth in discus (46.49m).
Knelsen, won a bronze, in the U16 women's 800 metre run, finishing in 2:16.76. Knelsen finished seventh, in the U16 1200 metre run.
Kyra Vellinga finished fourth, in the U16 women's 200-metre hurdles final, in a time of 29.89 seconds. Tayah DeSousa was fifth, in the U16 80-metre hurdles (12.16 sec.), ninth in long jump (4.95m) and 10th, in the 200-metre hurdles (30.53 sec.). Lily Francis placed sixth, in the pentathlon.
The St. Thomas U16 women's 1600 metre medley relay was disqualified (Rule 170.7 - baton failed to be passed within the exchange zone).
August 10, 2018
BRANDON, MB. – Three athletes from the St. Thomas Legion club, placed in the top 10, one day one, at the 2018 Legion National track and field championships. A.J. Stanat was sixth, in Under-16 men's discus. Hallee Knelsen, seventh, in the U16 women's 1200 metre race, while Tayah DeSousa, finished eighth, in the U16 women's 80-metre hurdles final.
August 4, 2018
LONDON, ON. – Hannah McIntyre won her second race, while thrower A.J. Stanat had a pair of second place performances. The two athletes led the St. Thomas and Dorchester contingent on the second and final day for Athletics, at TD Stadium, during the Ontario Summer Games.
McIntyre, from Dorchester, won the under-14 girls' 800 metre race in 2:22.19, a day after crossing the finish line first in the U14 1200 metres.
St. Thomas native Stanat, placed second, in both U16 boys' shot put (14.52 metres) and hammer throw (40.54m). Stanat won discus on Friday.
Madison Wilson-Walker, from Avon, won the women's ambulatory 800 metre run, a day after winning the ambulatory 100 metre dash. Dylen Belanger, of St. Thomas, finished second, in the U16 boys' 200-metre hurdles (28.10 sec.), while Kyra Vellinga was third in the U16 girls' 200-meter hurdles (29.48 sec.).
August 3, 2018
LONDON, ON. – Lily Francis was a dominant force in the girls' pentathlon, at the Ontario Summer Games.
Francis took four of the five disciplines, to handily win the event, amassing 2,563 points. Francis finished first in the 80-metre hurdles, high jump, long jump and the 800 metre run, while placing third in shot put.
Tayah DeSousa won the under-16 girls 80-metre hurdles, in 12.17 seconds and A.J. Stanat won the U16 boys' discus. Hallee Knelsen finished second, in the U16 girls' 1200 metre run. Kyra Vellinga was fourth, in the U16 girls' 300 metre dash. All five athletes train with St. Thomas Legion track and field club.
Hannah McIntyre, from Dorchester, won the U14 girls' 1200 metre run, in 3:55.41. Madison Wilson-Walker, of Avon, won the ambulatory 100 metres. Allie Humphries, of Thorndale, placed third, in the U14 girls' 80-metre hurdles final.
August 1, 2018
ST. THOMAS – Six athletes led St. Thomas Legion, at the fourth and final Great Lakes League meet, at Parkside Collegiate. Matthew MacNeill (open men's 100 metre dash), AJ Stanat (midget boys' discus and hammer), Kyra Vellinga (midget girls' 300m hurdles), Dylen Belanger (midget boys' 300m hurdles), Lexi Stanat (bantam girls' discus) and Olivia Krahn (midget girls' 300m dash) won their respective events.
July 25, 2018
ST. THOMAS – Paige Wiggans, in midget girls (28.75 metres) and Lexi Stanat, in bantam girls (23.97m), won their respective javelin events, at the Great Lakes League meet three, at Jacob Hespeler secondary school. The two throwers led St. Thomas Legion at the third of four meets.
Madeleine Krahan placed third, in the open women's 800 metres (2:44.45). Claireese Coffey landed fourth, in open women's long jump (9.61 metres). Camryn Roth won section three of the open women's 200 metre sprint (27.46 sec.), while Olivia Krahn was third (27.00 sec.) in section three of the race.
July 22, 2018
WINDSOR, ON. – Arthur Stanat is a provincial champion. The St. Thomas Legion track and field club athlete won gold for the under-16 boys' discus, with a best throw of 46.38 metres, at Athletics Ontario's U18, U16, U14 championships, at University of Windsor stadium.
Stanat won the bronze medal for the U16 shot put, with a heave of 14.07 metres.
Arthur was not the only member of the Stanat family returning with hardware. His sister, Lexi, was a double silver medalist, in under-14 girls' discus and javelin. Lexi shattered the meet record in discus for 13 year old females and also finished seventh in shot put.
St. Thomas Legion athletes brought home eight medals, among 18 top 10 results. The Legion's U16 girls' 4x100-metre relay team of Tayah DeSousa, Lily Francis, Kyra Vellinga and Katherine Heard, took silver.
Vellinga also won a bronze medal in the U16 200-metre hurdles, while Hallee Knelsen was third, in the U16 girls' 800 metre race.
July 18, 2018
WOODSTOCK, ON. – Arthur Stanat, Lily Francis and the Belanger brothers,
Harrison and Dylen, led St. Thomas Legion, at the Great Lakes League track and field meet two, at College Avenue secondary school. Stanat won the midget boys’ discus (43.85 metres) and hammer throw (34.71m) and placed second, in shot put (14.17m). Dylen Belanger won the midget boys’ 100-metre hurdles in 14.89 seconds, while his brother, Harrison, won the open men’s 2000 metres, in 6:53.9. Harrison was also fifth, in the open men’s 800 metres (2:14.03).
Francis won the midget girls’ 80-metre hurdles (13.17 seconds).
St. Thomas had 14 athletes finish in the top 10.
July 15, 2018
ST. CATHARINES, ON – Arthur Stanat, Tayah DeSousa and Lily Francis, each brought home silver medals, from the Royal Canadian Legion Ontario outdoor track and field championships, July 13-14, at the Niagara Olympic Complex. Stanat and DeSousa each brought home two silver medals, to lead the St. Thomas Legion contingent, who were competing as members of the District A team.
Stanat placed second in midget boys’ shot put (13.71 metres) and discus (46.89m), while DeSousa finished second in the midget girls’ 80-metre hurdles (12.58 seconds) and long jump (4.96m).
DeSousa was only one centimetre behind long jump champion Julian Adderly and she also finished sixth, in the 200-metre hurdles (29.69 sec.).
Francis placed second in midget girls’ pentathlon, compiling 2,557 points. The five discipline event includes high jump, long jump, shot put, the 80-metre hurdles and the 800 metre run.
Hallee Knelsen finished third in the midget girl’s 1200 metres (3:45.36). Kyra Vellinga was seventh in the 200-metre hurdles (29.71 sec.) and 10th in both the midget girls’ 200 metre dash and 200 metre hurdles. v
July 11, 2018
CAMBRIDGE, ON. – Camryn Roth won the midget girls’ 300 metres, in 44.02 seconds and placed fifth in section two of the open women’s 100-metre dash, leading St. Thomas Legion Club, at meet one of the Great Lakes League track and field season, at Jacob Hespler secondary school. Olivia Krahn finished second, in section one of the open women’s 100 metre dash (13.51 seconds). Earen Klassen had the fourth fastest time overall, in the midget girls’ 300 metres (45.24 sec.). Dylen Belanger, was third, in the midget boys’ 300 metres and fourth, in the 200-metre hurdles, while his brother Harrison, finished third, in the midget boys’ 1200 metres.
July 10, 2018
ST. THOMAS – Seven members of the St. Thomas Legion Club are heading to the Ontario Summer Games.
AJ Stanat, Hallee Knelsen, Tayah DeSousa, Lily Francis, Kyra Vellinga and brothers Harrison and Dylen Belanger, have been selected to compete in track and field, at TD Stadium, August 2-5.
The event brings together some of the best bantam, midget and para athletes from across the province, divided into two teams, Ontario West and Ontario East.
Hannah McIntyre, of Dorchester, and Allie Humphries, from Thorndale, who both train with London Legion, and Para-athlete Madison Wilson-Walker, from Avon, are also attending.
June 24, 2018
TORONTO, ON. – Lily Francis, representing St. Thomas Legion, won the silver medal, in the under 16 girls' pentathlon, at the Athletics Ontario combined events championships, at York Lions Stadium. Francis amassed 2,519 points from the five disciplines. Izzy Goudros won the event with 3,082 points. Francis placed second in the 80-metre hurdles, third, in the 800 metre race, high jump and shot put and fourth in long jump.
June 13, 2018
LASALLE, ON. – AJ Stanat, Tayah De Sousa and Hallee Knelsen are riding the momentum of their high school seasons into the club campaign, competing for the St. Thomas Legion.
All three athletes concluded their respective high school track and field seasons at the OFSAA championships and were in fine form at the Legion District A track and field championships, at Sandwich secondary school, June 16.
August 2, 2017
ST. THOMAS – St. Thomas Legion had four event winners, at meet four of the Great Lakes League track and field season, at Parkside Collegiate Institute.
Arabella Alton, 19, won open women's high jump, clearing 1.65 metres, Hallee Knelsen was the fastest in the open women's 800 metres (2:24.77), Hayden Bell won the youth boys' 110-metre hurdles and Dylen Belanger, was the best in the bantam boys' 80-metre hurdles. Belanger was also second in his division's 150-metre dash. Camryn Roth finished third in the girls' 150 metre race.
Brooke Hoxar, of Dorchester, wearing the London-Western club colours, won the women's one kilogram discus throw, with a distance of 34.9 metres.
July 30, 2017
BRAMPTON, ON. – Dylen Belanger,
of the St. Thomas Legion club, won the gold medal, for the bantam boys' 80-metre hurdles race,
in 13.47 seconds, at the Athletics Ontario bantam, midget and youth (BMY) track and field championships, a two day event, held at Terry Fox Stadium.
Harrison Belanger finished third, in the bantam boys 1200 metre race (3.42.79), Kenzie Smyth tied for third spot, in midget girls' high jump (1.50 metres) and Liam Clark was third, in the youth boys' 110-metre hurdles (14.97 sec.). Smyth also placed sixth in both the midget girls' 80-meter hurdles (13.17 sec.) and long jump (3.86m).
The Legion's Youth boys' 4x400-metre relay team of Clark, Hayden Bell, Jordan Palmer and Jackson Medeiros, finished second (3:45.69).l.
July 26, 2017
LONDON, ON. – St. Thomas Legion's Dylen Belanger won the bantam boys’ 80 metre dash (11.03 seconds) and 200-metre hurdles (30.55 sec.), at the Great Lakes League track and field meet three, at TD Stadium. Shaylyn Kowalchuk won the invitational open women’s 100-metre hurdles (15.76 sec.). Michael Roth won the midget boys’ 300 metres (40.04 sec.) and placed third in the midget 100-metres (12.13 sec.).
July 19, 2017
WOODSTOCK, ON. – Lily Francis, Connor Maclean, Hallee Knelsen, won events for the St. Thomas Legion track and field club, at the second meet for the Great Lakes League season, at College Avenue secondary school. Francis won the midget girls’ 80-metre hurdles (14.01 seconds), Maclean won the bantam boys’ 80-metre hurdles (15.86 sec.) and Knelsen, the open women’s 800 metres (2:24.73). Jadyn Luna, from Thorndale, won the bantam girls’ 150-metre dash, running for the London-Western club.
July 17, 2017
WINDSOR, ON. – Hayden Bell, with the St. Thomas Legion track and field club, placed third in the under-17 men's octathlon (eight events), at the Legion Ontario track and field championships, held at Windsor Stadium, July 14/15. Bell amassed 4,702 points, finishing second in long jump (6.02 metres), high jump (1.76m), shot put (10.47m) and the 110-metre hurdles (15.26 seconds), third in javelin (41.15m), 400 metres (55.57 sec.) and fourth in the 100-metre dash (12.49 sec.) and the 1000-metre run (3:07.44). Calum Doherty won the event with 4,828 points.
July 12, 2017
July 12, 2017
CAMBRIDGE, ON. – St. Thomas Legion track and field club had four event winners and over 20 top 10 results, at meet one for the Great Lakes League, at Jacob Hespler high school.
Dylen Belanger won both the bantam boys’ 80-metre dash (10.88 seconds) and 200-metre hurdles (31.09 sec.). Harrison Belanger won the open boys’ 1200-metre run (3:43.06) and Julia Vanhoucke was the fastest in the youth girls’ 400-metre hurdles (1:04.14).
July 9, 2017
OTTAWA, ON - Charles Nguyen, of St. Thomas, placed fourth, in senior men's hammer throw (63.69m), at the Canadian track and field championships.
Rebecca Chouinard, of St. Thomas, was sixth, in the Under-20 women's hammer throw (49.16m). Madison Wilson-Walker, from Avon, finished sixth, in the para ambulatory 100-metres (15.79 sec.). Julia Vanhoucke of St. Thomas, was 13th, in the U20 women's 400-metre hurdles. Hunter Smith of St. Thomas, placed 16th, in U20 women's hammer throw.
Nguyen, Chouinard and Vanhoucke, train with the St. Thomas Legion club.