Oct 28, 2013
Taking part in their 5th cross-country race of the season, the 2013 AUS Championships, the lady REDS were all smiles as they left Moncton on Saturday evening with a few souvenirs and hardware around their necks.
Leading the team over the 6km course was 3rd year captain, Sarah Myatt, who was the REDS top finisher on the day finishing in 6th place in a time of 23:32 earning her AUS All-Star status. Only eight seconds behind was rookie sensation, Katie Robinson who finished in 8th place, 23:40. Robinson would later receive the conference's Rookie of the Year award. Finishing side by side as they have all year were Katie Wallace (21st) and Nathalie Cecire (22nd) who finished in times of 26:44 and 26:50. Another rookie, Kelsey Hogan, was the teams 5th finisher crossing the line in 29th place and a time of 27:04. Priya Bhutani was right behind Hogan finishing in 30th place and a time of 27:05. Courtney Barbour was 35th in a time of 27:36.
As a team the REDS finished in 3rd place with a team score of 86pts just behind St.FX who were 2nd in 51pts with Dalhousie taking the team title.
"This team did what they were expected to do. We finished third last year and were projected to finish in third again, however it wasn't easy. Three out of five scorers weren't on last years scoring team and none of them finished in our top 3 last year. This is a great achievement to all the miles and hard work the girls logged. Having Sarah be named a conference All-Star and Katie Robinson winning the rookie of the year award is icing on the cake and shows that this team is gaining momentum," said head coach Jason Reindl.
Veteran coach, Tim Randall will now head to London, Ontario for the CIS National Championships with individual athletes Myatt and Robinson on November 9th. For the first time this season the ladies will not be competing as a team but only as individuals. With Sarah taking classes in Fredericton and Katie in Saint John these two athletes will continue to train as individuals before leaving on November 7th for the championships. They are sure to team up though on the University of Western Ontario course and show the CIS what UNB is made of. Best of luck Sarah and Katie!
Before the AUS Championship race took place alternates Laura Clarke and Caroline MacIsaac took part in the 18-19 year old 4000m division of the Atlantic Cross Country Championships. Clarke finished in 5th place in a time of 18:49 while MacIsaac was 6th in 19:00.
Full results for the AUS Championships can be found at: http://www.anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=659