(OROMOCTO, NB) A small group of athletes from the UNB Varsity Reds men's and women's track and field teams competed in the New Brunswick Indoor Championships, at CFB Gagetown, on Saturday.
Victoria LeBlanc(Saint John, NB) led the UNB contingent, establishing a new Varsity Reds record in the women's long jump. LeBlanc jumped 5.30 metres, bettering her previous record of 5.17 metres. The jump ranks her second in Atlantic University Sport.
LeBlanc combined with Hailee Cook(Miramichi, NB), Sydney MacDonald(Miramichi, NB), and Tess McDonald(Fredericton, NB) for the 4x200-metre relay, in which they ran 1:47.93s. Converted, this works out to 1:46.28s, just behind St. FX for third in the AUS rankings.
"Coming off of the McGill Team Challenge, we had a reduced group looking to compete this weekend," said Varsity Reds head coach Jason Reindl. "We need to be strategic with our decisions at this time of the season as we look towards AUS."
On the men's side, Kyle Ancheta(Fredericton, NB) jumped a season best 12.80 metres in the men's triple jump, coming close to the school record of 12.89 metres.
Artabaz Nazari(Saint John, NB) ran a season best of 7.14 seconds in the 60-metres, making him the fastest New Brunswick athlete on the day.
Jonathan Gionet(Bathurst, NB) threw 15.25 metres in the shot put. While this a meter below his furthest throw of the season, he won the competition by nearly three metres, proving why he is the best thrower in the history of the province.
"It's hard to come back after the weekend we had in Montreal," said Coach Reindl. "We didn't have any records, we had a number of athletes who competed quite well and are now starting to zero in on the conference championships at the end of the month."
Full results can be found at: http://anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=917
Next up for the Varsity Reds, the SMU Classic in Halifax on February 11th. This will be the last competition before the Subway AUS Championships, in Moncton on February 24-25, and the U SPORTS Championships, being held March 9-11 in Edmonton.