(WINNIPEG, MB) The UNB Reds track and field team posted numerous personal bests during the recent U SPORTS Track and Field Championships, at the University of Manitoba.
The Reds sent five student-athletes to Winnipeg, with Lexie Shannon leading the contingent with her 7th place finish in the women’s triple jump.
Shannon covered 11.60 metres, while teammate Victoria LeBlanc posted a personal best, going 11.56 metres to finish 9th.
In the women’s long jump, Erin McCavour leapt 5.31 metres, taking 12th place. She had been ranked 14th going into the event.
On the men’s side of the competition, Jarod Manuel took 7th in the men’s shot put, with a put of 15.23 metres.
Manuel was 8th in the men’s weight throw, at 16.49 metres. That established a new personal best, by more than a metre, and a new UNB record. Manuel had been ranked 11th going into the event.
In the men’s long jump, Brandon Cleghorn was 13th, with a leap of 6.39 metres. He finished 13th in the men’s high jump, clearing 1.85 metres.
Despite the limited numbers, the women’s ‘team’ finished 20th overall, while the men placed 22nd.
“It was a good weekend, overall,” said Reds head coach Chris Belof. “We had strong performances from Lexie and Jarod to score points at the national championships. At this level, we certainly have a long way to go, but these performances, along with the progress this season, is very encouraging for the future of the Reds Track and Field program.”