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Feb 22 2018 - AUS Track and Field Championships set for Friday and Saturday

The 38th edition of the AUS Track & Field Championships are set for this Friday and Saturday (February 23-24) at the Vance-Toner Stadium in the CEPS on the Université de Moncton campus. Teams from nine Atlantic universities will be represented by over 200 athletes. There will be several New Brunswick universities in action, including University of New Brunswick, l’Université de Moncton, and St. Thomas University.

This competition will showcase several of New Brunswick's top athletes, with many looking to compete for medal positions and USport qualifying performances.

Here is a list of New Brunswick athletes to keep an eye on:

University of New Brunswick is brining 33 athletes to the competition. Notable athletes include:

On the women’s side, Victoria LeBlanc of Saint John is once again ranked 1st in the AUS in the long jump with a 5.37m leap earlier this month. Her teammate Brianna Forbes, hailing from Targettville, will be looking for a strong performance in the triple jump in her first year at UNB. Forbes is currently ranked 2nd in the AUS for triple jump with a best of 10.70m set back in January.

Sydney MacDonald of Miramichi is currently ranked 2nd in the pentathlon with a score of 2971 points.

On the men’s side, Tyrell Marin of Dalhousie will look to impress in the 60m sprint, coming off a 7.04 performance in Gagetown which ranks him 3rd in the AUS. He will also be competing in the 300m with teammate and fellow New Brunswicker Braden Harrison, who is ranked 2nd.

Distance runner Michael Colford of Fredericton will be competing in the 1000m in which he is ranked 2nd.

Branden Cleghorn of Salisbury will be competing in the high jump and long jump in which he is ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

The UNB men’s 4x200m relay team sits atop the table and will look to keep their spot this weekend, having ran a time of 1:32.87 this season.

Jarod Manuel of Baie St-Anne is ranked 2nd in the shot put while teammate Liam Turgeon of TideHead is ranked 3rd. In the weight throw, Liam is ranked 1st while Jarod is ranked 3rd.


Université de Moncton will be represented by 31 student athletes, including:

Dieppe’s Alain Doucet, the provincial record holder in the pole vault, is ranked 1st in the pole vault with a best of 4.20m. Teammate and long jumper Julien Léger of Moncton is ranked 6th in the long jump.

Isabelle Morris of Miramichi is ranked 2nd in the women’s shot put and 3rd in the pentathlon.

Miramichi’s Rachelle Haché sits atop the AUS weight throw standings and is ranked 3rd in the shot put.

Dieppe’s Sharon Nagano is ranked first in the pole vault with a best of 2.60m.


Saint Thomas University will be represented by eight student athletes, including:

Chelsey Hall of Fredericton is ranked 8th in the 600m and 11th in the 3000m.


Other New Brunswickers to keep an eye on:

Shawna McKay of Moncton, wearing the gold and black of Dalhousie University, will be competing in the 60m and 300m. She is currently ranked 4th in the 60m and 3rd in the 300m.

Timothy Brennan of Beachwood, competing for St-FX, will be racing the 300m as well as the 600m and 60m hurdles in which he is ranked 3rd, 1st and 2nd, respectively.

Katie Robinson of Saint John will represent Acadia in the 3000m where she is currently ranked 2nd with a time of 10:31.48.

 “The depth of talent at New Brunswick universities is always encouraging to see” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Executive Director of Athletics New Brunswick. “Programs at the universities in the province are getting stronger and more and more athletes are recognizing that which only helps to build the sport across New Brunswick. This is always an exciting competition with a wonderful team atmosphere that is not to be missed.”

The Championships start at noon at the CEPS of l’Université de Moncton campus and run until 6:10pm on Friday. Action continues on Saturday, starting at 9:00am and wrapping up by 2:30pm. You can also catch the action live on the through the AUS TV website (

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