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Two athletes from Newfoundland have been selected to receive Outstanding Performer Awards through Atlantic U23, a program recognizing track and field athletes under the age of twenty-three years who are registered members of an Atlantic provincial branch of Athletics Canada.
Julia Howley of St. John’s and Shae Ledévéhat of Mount Pearl are among 23 athletes chosen based on their cumulative performances throughout 2018 in indoor and outdoor track and field, cross country, and road racing.
Competing for Simon Fraser University at the GNAC indoor championships, Howley captured gold in the 3000 meters and won a gold medal as a member of the university’s distance medley relay team. At the NCAA Division II indoor championships, she was 12th in the 3000m and won a bronze medal with SFU’s distance medley relay entry. On top of that, Howley tried out the steeplechase in 2018, and even though she was new to that discipline, she achieved a top-10 national ranking and placed sixth the Canadian track and field championships.
Meanwhile, Ledévéhat achieved a personal best in nearly every performance throughout the summer. Competing in the under-18 category at the Canadian Legion championships she captured Team Newfoundland and Labrador’s only medal, winning bronze in the heptathlon. What’s more, her best attempt of 40.73 metres in the javelin is the second farthest throw in the history of the heptathlon event at the Legion championships.