(MONCTON, NB) At the Subway Atlantic University Sport Track and Field Championships, the UNB Varsity Reds went out with a flurry of excitement.
On the men’s side, Daniel Brown(Hampton, NB) won the 600-metres with teammates Jonathan Bunn(Barrie, ON) and Jeff Retallick(Fredericton, NB) finishing in 3rd and 6th respectively.
Brown and Retallick would not stop there, as they combined with Bunn and Brandon Archibald(Lower Onslow, NS) to win silver medal in the 4 X 400-metre relay and add another silver in the 4 X 200-metre relay with Tyrell Marin(Dalhousie, NB) and Braden Harrison(Fredericton, NB).
Victoria LeBlanc(Saint John, NB) scored gold and a new UNB record by winning the long jump with a best of 5.49-metres, ranking her 15th in the nation.
After an exhausting two days, UNB’s Troy Wilson(Woodstock, NB) won the silver medal in the heptathlon(60m, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60m hurdles, pole vault, 1000m) to go along with his bronze medal in the open pole vault.
Liam Turgeon(Tide Head, NB) earned his second bronze medal of the championships and a UNB record in the weight throw with a best of 15.88-metres, ranking him 11th in the nation.
Artabaz Nazari(Saint John, NB) got back on the 60-metre podium, just missing his UNB record of 7.01s with a time of 7.02s. Nazari and Memorial’s Andrew Wood initially tied at 7.01s, but upon reading the photo finish to 5 thousandths of a second Wood was given silver over Nazari who was still ecstatic with the bronze.
Kyle Ancheta(Fredericton, NB) leapt to a bronze medal and extended the UNB record in the triple jump.
The women’s 4 X 200-metre relay team of Ashley Gallagher(Waasis, NB), Tess McDonald(Fredericton, NB), Sydney MacDonald(Miramichi, NB), and Hailee Cook(Miramichi, NB), and the 4 X 400-metre team of Gallagher, Cook, Nadia Wysote(Listiguj, QC), and Cailie McGuire(Mississauga, ON) each won bronze medals.
UNB ended the meet with 21 medals(5 gold, 4 silver, and 12 bronze) tying its best result. As a team, the men finished in second place, up from third last year, with 101pts (a new team record). The women’s team remained in third place with 54pts, narrowly missing their highest point total of 58pts, set back in 2013.
At the championship closing awards banquet, UNB’s Troy Wilson and Tess McDonald were recognized as the AUS Community Sport Award winners for their achievements in academics, athletics, and giving back to the community. Head Coach Jason Reindl was also recognized as the AUS Coach of the Year for Men’s Track and Field.
“This was an amazing championship for our team,” said Reindl. “We continue to set records, win medals, and push all of our competitors in the conference to get better. I am so proud of all that we achieved, and with a number of Varsity Reds headed to nationals, this season still has a few weeks to go.”
“I am humbled to receive Coach of the Year honors,” said Reindl. “I must share that with all of our volunteer coaches and support staff. We have an amazing staff that works tirelessly, and much of our growth and achievement can be attributed to their contributions.”
Full results can be found at http://anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=919
The U SPORTS Championships, hosted by the University of Alberta, will begin on Thursday March 9th and continue until Saturday March 11th.