Black, Myatt star at AUS meet
More than 200 athletes, including 34 from the University of New Brunswick, took part in the biggest AUS track and field championships in the history of the event at the Université de Moncton on the weekend.
UNB’s Alex Black from Yoho Lake not only won gold in the women’s shot put, but broke a 39-year-old AUS record and an 11-year-old provincial record in the process with her toss of 12.58 metres.
Now ranked 10th in the country, Black advances to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships March 7-9 in Edmonton. She also won the AUS title in 2011 and 2012.
Shortly after Black’s toss, Fredericton’s Sarah Myatt ran an amazing 600 m in 1:36.02 with UNB rookie teammate Nathalie Cecire, also of Fredericton, finishing in fourth. Myatt and Cecire were not done there, though. They led UNB to the top spots in the 1,000 m with Myatt taking gold and Cecire the silver. The two would later combine with fellow Frederictonians Catherine Tremblay and Courtney Barbour to win the bronze medal in the 4x800 m relay.
Myatt, Cecire, Tremblay and Rachelle McDonald of Saint John would also finish third in the 4x400 m.
Myatt accumulated two gold and two bronze medals and was named the female MVP of the championships.
The UNB women’s team got an added silver medal from another rookie, Tatyana Shmatlay of Fredericton, in the women’s high jump as she cleared 1.55 m. Rebecca Haworth of Dalhousie set a new CIS mark with a gold medal jump of 1.70 m.
The UNB women finished third out of seven schools with 58 points.
The UNB men finished fifth overall. Fredericton’s rookie thrower David Kerr won the bronze medal in the weight throw and also finished sixth in the shot put. Saint John’s Dan Brown finished fourth in the 300 m and would later combine with Jeffrey Cummings of Saint John and Fredericton’s Jeffrey Retallick and Mike Whitcomb for a bronze in the 4x200 m relay.
Oromocto’s Elizabeth MacDonald, who competes for Dalhousie University, was named female field athlete of the year. Her toss of 12.02 m in the shot was second only to Black. She had a toss of 17.07 m — a new AUS record — to win the women’s weight throw gold.
Jonathan Gionet of St. Thomas was fourth in the men’s shot put with a toss of 12.74 m and fifth in the men’s weight throw with a 10.73 m toss. Dal swept both the men’s and women’s titles with a men’s total of 171 points and a women’s total of 145 points.