Sydney MacDonald has been turning heads as a first-year track and field athlete for UNB. She’s broken UNB records in the 60m hurdles, long jump, 4x200m relay and the pentathlon – not too bad for a rookie.
“It feels great to be doing so well. I am glad to be
somewhere I can receive a first-class education along with support
in athletics,” MacDonald said of her first-year experience at
Sydney is helping UNB define itself as a contender in the race for the AUS championship but refuses to call the season a success despite her record-setting performances.
“When I go to a meet my goal is to set a personal best. If I break a record, that’s a great bonus. I don’t look at it so much as being successful, I look at it as I am extremely happy that I am contributing to the track team,” she explained.
The McGill Team Challenge in Montreal on January 23 saw UNB exhibit their talent against some of the country’s best track and field athletes. MacDonald says having the chance to compete there was a real eye-opener.
“It was by far the highlight of my season,” she said. “The team atmosphere there was unlike any other meet so far this year.”
When it comes to potential, it looks like the sky is the limit for MacDonald, as this is the first year she has focused solely on track and field. With the support of her team and the guidance of head coach Jason Reindl, who has helped to revive the UNB track and field team, MacDonald should continue to break records and help push UNB to the top of the pack in the AUS.
Catch MacDonald as she looks to improve on her performances this weekend at the NB Indoor Track and Field Championships in Gagetown on February 7.
Sydney MacDonald in the high jump at the 2015 ANS Indoor track meet. Halifax, NS on January 17th, 2015
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