Women's Cross Country

2014 UNB XC Season Summary - Women

2014 UNB XC Season Summary - Women

The 2014 season for the women’s VREDS cross-country team was one that can be called a breakthrough year for the team.  With a number of returning athletes and focused incoming freshmen the ladies were eager to improve on several 3rd place finishes at the AUS Championships in recent years.

The ladies started the year at the Acadia Invitational where they finished 2nd as a team.  As the co-hosts of the second competition with Saint Thomas University the team did not disappoint and came away with a victory, the first in many years.  Following this up they headed to Moncton for the UdeM Invitational where they once again finished second behind Dalhousie.  At the final competition before the conference championships (Interlock with Quebec conference hosted by StFX) a number of ladies took some time to rest and recover from nagging issues but still managed to come out with a 6th place finish out of twelve teams. 
During this time the national rankings had the Reds ranked 12th in week 1, 11th in week 2, 14th in week 3, and 17th in week 4 before falling out of the national list. This was a huge accomplishment and step in the right direction, as it is believed that this was the women’s team first appearance on the national ranking in history. 
In the end the women finished 2nd at the AUS championships out of eight teams.  Katie Robinson lead the team with a 5th place finish which made her an AUS All-Star in only her second year of eligibility and qualified her for the national championships, where she would go on to finish 67th out of 132 competitors.  Captain Sarah Myatt was the teams’ second finisher in 11th place.  Next up were the first year duo of Rachel Bennett in 13th and Cailie McGuire in 14th.  Roya MacDonald who returned to Reds was the 5th finisher in 16th place.  The top 5 scored 59 points well ahead of their 3rd place score of 86 points in 2013.  Katie Wallace was the teams 6th finisher in 22nd place and Nathalie Cecire was 7th for the team and 36th overall.

Katie Wallace was also named the recipient of the AUS Community Sport Award.  This award is given to a student athlete who not only excels in the sport domain but also in the classroom and in the community. 

While this year can definitely be viewed as a success for the Reds having as good of a season as they did has only stoked the fire for next year.  The Reds are focused on building on this year’s success and making the 2015 cross-country season even greater.