Women's Track & Field

Subway AUS Championship Track and Field - Women's Team Review

Subway AUS Championship Track and Field  - Women's Team Review

This weekend (February 22nd and 23rd) the 2014 AUS Championships will take place at the CEPS facility located on the University de Moncton campus.  This is the  second to last track meet for university athletes and final opportunity to qualify for the CIS national championships that will be held in Edmonton, Alberta from March 6-8. 

The meet is a team competition that is scored by points. Each of the 17 events (60m, 300m, 600m ,1000m, 1500m, 3000m, 60m hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put, weight throw, pentathlon, 4x200m relay, 4x400m relay, and 4x800m) has points awarded for placing.  In the individual events athletes receive seven points for first, five points for second, four points for third, three points for fourth, two points for fifth, and one point for sixth.  In the relay events teams finishing in first place receive ten points, second place receive seven, third receive four, fourth receives three, fifth receive two, and sixth place receives one.  Teams can only score two athletes and the AUS team championship goes to the team that scores the most points.

Last year Dalhousie won the event with 145 points, StFX was second with 88, the VREDS were third with 58 points, St. Mary's had 25, UdeM 23, and Acadia 13.
The 2014 rankings currently show Dalhousie with 119 points, StFX with 100, UNB with 51, UdeM with 29, Saint Mary's with 11, and Acadia with 4.  However, with every change in finish resulting in higher points for one team and less points for another it is very easy for large changes or swings to occur.
Here is a look at your VRED athletes that have rankings inside the top 10:
Ashley Gallagher 300m - 8th

Nathalie Cecire 600m - 4th

Katie Robinson 600m - 5th

Courtney Barbour 600m - 10th

Katie Robinson 1000m - 5th

Nathalie Cecire 1000m - 9th

Courtney Barbour 1000m -10th

Paige Lewis 60m Hurdles - 5th

4x200m Relay - 3rd

4x400m Relay - 2nd

4x800m Relay - 2nd

Tess McDonald Long Jump - 7th

Tess McDonald Triple Jump - 2nd

Victoria Oduneye Shot Put - 7th

Victoria Oduneye Weight Throw - 6th

If everyone one of these athletes can move up by only one spot the net result is approximately eighteen points more for UNB and same amount removed from the other teams and this can have a huge impact in the final results.  This referred to as a 'swing' because the points swing from one team to the next. 
While the teams ultimate goal is to compete for the AUS team title.  Track and Field is an individual sport and athletes will be looking for medals, personal bests, and the chance to qualify for the national championships. 
At the 2013 championships the UNB women won seven medals: three gold (Shot Put, 600m, and 1000m), 2 silver (1000m and high jump), and two bronze medals (4x400m and 4x800m relays).  The team was lead by the championship MVP Sarah Myatt who won the 600m, 1000m and was part of both the 4x400m and 4x800m relays.  Alexandra Black who won the shot put broke the AUS record and was the only UNB athlete to qualify for CIS nationals where she would go on to place 11th in country.
Looking at the results, rankings, and goals of the team it would not be hard to think that UNB could come home with eleven medals.  However, added incentive comes in winning the event and being ranked inside the top 20 nationally as this would qualify an athlete for the national championships.  Currently the 4x800m team ranks 16th in the country, Zoe Berry ranks 20th in the weight throw, and Tess McDonald sits 22nd in the triple jump.
"Last years championships was a very good to our team.  Sarah and Alex showed everyone in the AUS that UNB is a team to be respected.  While this years team has a different feel it has not changed our goals.  Nathalie Cecire (multiple medalist last year), Katie Robinson (AUS cross country rookie of the year), and other ranked first year athletes in (MacDonald, Gallagher, and Lewis) are all looking to make their presence felt at the championships.  Our goal hasn't changed and I have confidence that come the weekend our ladies will show the conference that while we have a small team in number we will make up for it in quality,"  said head coach Jason Reindl.

For more information contact Jason Reindl @ jasonreindl@me.com (506) 343-2149