On Saturday February 23rd and Sunday February
24th, 34 student-athletes from the University of New
Brunswick took part in the biggest AUS Track and Field
Championships in the history of the event at the University de
Moncton. Over 200 athletes took part in the championships from
eight different institutions from across Atlantic Canada.
Having finished in fifth (male) and fourth (female) place in 2012
the V-Reds were looking to improve on those results in 2013.
The women’s team was launched into top spot after the first event, as Alexandra Black (Fredericton) took gold in the shot put. Her put of 12.58m broke the longest standing AUS record to date and currently ranks her 10th in the country. In addition to this she also broke the New Brunswick provincial record making her the best female indoor shot putter in history. This result marked Alexandra’s 3rd AUS victory, having previously won in 2011 and 2012. Alexandra will next compete at the CIS national championships in Edmonton March 7-9.
Shortly after Alexandra’s result, UNB Fredericton’s Sarah Myatt ran an amazing 600m in 1:36.02s with rookie teammate Nathalie Cecire (Fredericton) finishing in fourth. Myatt and Cecire would not be done there though as these two led the women’s team over the weekend. Together they led UNB to the top spots in the 1000m with Myatt taking gold and Cecire the silver. These two would later combine with Catherine Tremblay (Fredericton) and Courtney Barbour (Fredericton) to win the bronze medal in the 4x800m relay. Myatt, Cecire, Tremblay and Rachelle McDonald (Saint John) would also finish third in the 4x400m. In the end Myatt accumulated two gold and two bronze medals and was named the female MVP of the championships.
The women’s team got an added silver medal from another rookie, Tatyana Shmatlay (Fredericton), in the women’s high jump as she cleared 1.55m. In the end the women’s team finished in third place out of seven schools with 58 points, only thirty points out of second. “This women’s team came into the championships ready to perform,” said head coach Jason Reindl. “I couldn’t be more proud of this group of ladies. With seven medals and many more amazing performances they achieved new season records for medals won, points garnered, and overall placing at championships. This team is still quite young and is only going to get stronger in the years to come,” added Reindl.
In the men’s competition the team’s youth and inexperience may have gotten the best of them. Finishing in fifth place the men’s team wasn’t able to put it together like the women. However there were some bright spots. Fredericton’s rookie thrower David Kerr won the bronze medal in the weight throw and also finished sixth in the shot put. “To see David come in and compete against some very experienced men bodes well for his future,” said Reindl. Saint John’s Daniel Brown finished fourth in the 300m and would later combine with Jeffrey Cummings (Saint John), Jeffrey Retallick (Fredericton), and Mike Whitcomb (Fredericton) for a bronze
in the 4x200m relay. Overall the men still improved on last years results by finishing with two medals (1 in 2012) and 20 points overall (16 in 2012). “We didn’t achieve the results we were looking for this year and a lot of that can come down to the injury bug,” said Reindl referring to last years only male medalist James Murphy (Fredericton) who missed the season due to ankle injury as well as Taylor Lamarche (Fredericton) who was only able to compete in the 4x800m relay. However, with rookies like Kerr and Brown showing that they can compete at the AUS level in their first year the stage is set to improve in the years to come. “Without a doubt I can say that the men’s team will be much stronger next year. All of the guys ended with a sour taste in their mouth and are going to be working very hard over the next year to put themselves, both individually and as a team, on the podium,” stated Reindl.
The team will be saying goodbye to Alexandra Black, who after nationals will be ending her university career with the reds. A dual sport athlete on the track and soccer team she has competed the past five years with the Varsity Reds. Her track and field record of three consecutive AUS victories in the shot put is the definition of excellence that all members of the program will try to emulate in the future regardless of event.
Full results can be found at: http://www.asea.anb.ca/aus2013/
Team Championships Total
|Dalhousie 171 pts||1st||Dalhousie 145 pts|
|StFX 96 pts||2nd||StFX 88 pts|
|UdeM 46 pts||3rd||UNB 58 pts|
|St.Mary 39 pts||4th||St.Mary 25 pts|
|UNB 20 pts||5th||UdeM 23 pts|
|STU 11 pts||6th||Acadia 13 pts|
|Memorial 1 pt||7th||STU 5 pts|