The UNB Varsity Reds are gearing up for a strong performance at the AUS track and field championship February 28 - March 1 at the Université de Moncton.
The championships are anticipated to be the biggest ever with athletes competing from all seven schools in the AUS. The V-Reds are currently ranked third in the AUS behind Dalhousie and StFX and ahead of Université de Moncton, Saint Thomas, Saint Mary's and Acadia.
Leading the way for the V-Reds is captain and fourth-year Sarah Myatt. Myatt is currently ranked first in the 600m in the AUS by over three seconds and will be looking to win her fourth AUS title in the event. Myatt is also currently ranked 14th in the CIS in the event.
Myatt says the entire team has worked incredibly hard this year and is looking to competing to the best of their abilities.
"Personally, I hope to finally qualify for the CIS championship in the 600m," Myatt said. "This will be my fourth attempt at trying to qualify and after being so close for the past few years, I am more than ready to finally achieve this goal."
Myatt adds that after such a stand-out season, this year's championship haul will be icing on the cake.
"A large number of UNB records have been shattered by our athletes and regardless of the team’s performance at the AUS championships, there is no doubt that this has been a very successful season.”
First-year Sydney MacDonald has chosen to not compete in the pentathlon in hopes of scoring more points for the team by competing in the individual events. Sydney will compete in six events over the two days - 60m, 60m hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put, and the 4x200m relay.
“I can’t wait to represent UNB! This is what I have been working towards the whole season," MacDonald said. "I want to go out and compete like a veteran not a rookie.”
UNB head coach Jason Reindl says he's feeling confident about the team's chances.
“We have had a great season so far," Reindl said. "Many of our athletes have set personal bests and school records. While we have positioned ourselves well heading into the championships it doesn't matter much as championships come down to placing on the day. I feel confident that our ladies will bring their best when it matters at the end of the month."
The V-Reds will be looking to improve on the 2014 AUS
championships results where they finished third place overall with
45 points behind the AUS Champions from Dalhousie (135 points) and
second place StFX (118 points). Additionally, the team brought home
seven medals last year - one gold, three silver and three
Representing the Varsity Reds at the 2015 Subway AUS Championships will be:
Nathalie Cecire - 600m, 4x400m, 4x800m
Ashley Gallagher - 300m, 4x200m, 4x400m
Fallon Gaudet - Long Jump, Triple Jump
Sydney MacDonald - 60m, 60m Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, 4x200m
Tess McDonald - Long Jump, Triple Jump, 4x200m
Cailie McGuire - 1000m, 1500m, 4x400m, 4x800m
Sarah Myatt - 600m, 1000m, 4x400m, 4x800m
Victoria Oduneye - Shot Put, Weight Throw
Katie Robinson - 3000m, 4x800m
Anne Ugabi - 60m, 4x200m
Katie Wallace - 3000m
Jamie Ward - Shot Put, Weight Throw, 4x200m