Women's Track & Field

Women’s Track and Field add Three New Recruits

Women’s Track and Field add Three New Recruits

UNB Track and Field continues to add to its stellar recruiting class with two from New Brunswick and one from Ontario committing to the program for the fall of 2014.

The first two athletes both hail from Miramichi, New Brunswick.  Sydney MacDonald who currently attends Miramichi Valley High has been accepted into the College of Engineering.  Sydney comes to UNB with a wealth of talent across multiple events and a long list of credentials.
In 2013 she was a member of the New Brunswick Canada Games Team, broke 6 New Brunswick provincial records (youth pentathlon, youth 60m hurdles, youth heptathlon, youth 100m hurdles, junior 100m hurdles, and youth javelin), was ranked #1 in New Brunswick in seven events and of those was #1 in Atlantic Canada in five events.  "I know a lot of the athletes that are on the team and I feel like they will push me to be better.  UNB's engineering program is one of the best in Canada and I love the fact that I can get a first class education while being able to stay in New Brunswick," added MacDonald.
"Sydney is an amazing athlete.  Her records, results, and achievements put her in a league of her own and her ability to score points in multiple events will allow to her make an immediate impact at the AUS champs for this team," said head coach Jason Reindl.
The second Miramichi athlete, Hailee Cook, currently attends Saint Thomas High School.  She has been accepted into the college of Kinesiology with future career aspirations in occupational therapy.  "I chose UNB because I have heard great things about their kinesiology program, I like the fact that it is in a new city which means a new start but is still close to home, and also to have the opportunity to train with a team that has been making a name for itself in recent years," said Cook. 

In 2013 Hailee was also a member of the New Brunswick Canada Games Team, was the #1 ranked youth athlete in the high jump indoors and out, won the outdoor provincial championships in the youth high jump, long jump, and discus events, and won three medals at the NBIAA Championships.

"Hailee is another top notch athlete.  She has consistently improved over the past several years and I have no doubt that she will be able to come in and continue her development into a multiple AUS point scorer," said Reindl who added, "with Hailee and Sydney coming into the program we now have the top high jump and long jump athletes who will graduate this year from New Brunswick."
The third announcement, Rachel Bennett, currently attends Thousand Islands Secondary School in Brockville, Ontario.  Rachel will be the first female athlete in recent years to join the team from Ontario noting that the mens team currently has two.  Rachel has been accepted into the recreation and sport studies in the College of Kinesiology with hopes of one day becoming a physical education teacher. 
Bennett primarily competes in 400m, 400m hurdles, and relay events and has also competed in cross country.  In 2013 she finished 16th in the OFSAA 400m finals as well as helping her team to a 6th place finish at the OFSAA cross country championships.  For her achievements she was named MVP for her school track and field team from 2009-2013 and named top female athlete of the graduating class in 2013. 
"Rachel is the type of athlete that can succeed across a huge range of events at the university level.  She has shown that she is going to be competitive in the 300m and  600m right off the bat, has the speed to run on our 4x200m team, and even the endurance to run on our 4x800m and cross country teams.  I am excited to have her in the mix.  We have a great group of girls in those events now and having her in the mix is only going to make us better," said Reindl. 
"I choose UNB because of its small class sizes, beautiful campus, and heave heard many positive things from my current teachers.  I am most excited about seeing the East Coast, becoming part of a new team, and becoming a strong track and cross country athlete.  My goal for first year is to enjoy the experience of a new school, new team, new friends, and give a great effort in my studies and training," said Bennett.

"All in all this is an amazing group of athletes.  All of our coaches and current team members continue to build on the amazing season we are coming off of and set even higher goals for next year," said Reindl.

For more information please contact Jason Reindl - jasonreindl@me.com (506)343-2149