Men's Track & Field

Gionet Puts New Record

UNB's Jon Gionet(Bathurst, NB) proudly shows off the distance of his Moncton meet winning shot put, 16.37 metres is a new Varsity Reds and provincial record. Coach Yvan Pelletier stands with Gionet. (Photo for UNB Athletics)
UNB's Jon Gionet(Bathurst, NB) proudly shows off the distance of his Moncton meet winning shot put, 16.37 metres is a new Varsity Reds and provincial record. Coach Yvan Pelletier stands with Gionet. (Photo for UNB Athletics)

(MONCTON, NB) The 2017 Track and Field season got off to a good start for the UNB Varsity Reds Track and Field team as Jonathan Gionet(Bathurst, NB) won the Jump Start Athletics Shot Put with a best throw of 16.37 metres.

The throw established a new Varsity Reds record, a New Brunswick provincial record, and was one centimetres off the U Sports championship qualifying standard of 16.38 metres. The result ranks Gionet second in Canada in the event and first in Atlantic University Sport.

"This was a huge result for Jon and I couldn't be happier for him," said Varsity Reds head coach Jason Reindl. "He has been focused on his training with coaches Yvan Pelletier and Ken Morrison. Being off qualifying for nationals by one centimeter does sting, but this is just the start for Jon and we are all excited to see what he does in Montreal in a few weeks."

Fifth year sprinter Daniel Brown(Hampton, NB) won the 600 metres in a time of 1:25.25. Brown is currently ranked 1st in the AUS in the event and was last years AUS 600m Champion.

Freshman Tyrell Marin(Dalhousie, NB) won the junior 60 and 300 metres in times of 7.22s and 37.59s, and Michael Colford(New Maryland, NB) won the junior 3000 metres in a time of 8:50.47s.

Fourth year athlete Troy Wilson(Woodstock, NB) finished second in the 60 metre hurdles, in a time of 9.08s, which was a new school record. Wilson was also third in the pole vault with a best height of 3.30 metres and fifth in the long jump.

Kyle LeFort(Cheticamp, NS) won the men's high jump at 1.80 metres.

Full results for the meet and all UNB athletes can be found at:

http://www.anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=916

The January 9th U Sports rankings had the UNB men 12th in the nation. This is the first time in the history of the UNB Track and Field program that the men's team has been ranked nationally. The Varsity Reds are the top-ranked AUS team.
Next up for the Varsity Reds, the Athletics Nova Scotia Indoor Championships, in Halifax on January 21st. After that, team members head to the McGill Team Challenge, in Montreal, on January 27th and 28th.