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Heubach earns 3 gold on day 1 of AUS championships

Photo courtesy of Kevin Barrett
Photo courtesy of Kevin Barrett

The Dalhousie Tigers won 12 events on day one of the Subway AUS Track & Field Championships at the Irving Oil Fieldhouse in Saint John, N.B.

Lorena Heubach led the charge for the Tigers, taking home three gold medals. Having already qualified for the pentathlon event at nationals, she focused her attention on winning the high jump and 60m hurdles. She won her third gold of the day as a member of the AUS record setting 4x200m relay team with Maya Reynolds, Taylor Mattinson and Eden Bishop. They topped the 2015 record of 1:44.23 previously set in 2015 by the Dalhousie team of Emma Roung, Oritsedere Ikomi, Sascha Hamilton-Miller and Lesley D'Apollonia.

Reynolds also won multiple medals, winning the 300m sprint in addition to the relay win.

Matthew Coolen also took home two gold medals, winning the 60m hurdles and as a member of the AUS record setting 4x200m relay team along with Josh Lunda, Dan Lord and Jaiden Williams. They won the race in a time of 1:30.47, bettering the time of 1:31.33 set in 2017 by Coolen, Lunda, Stephen Belyea and Mike van der Poel.

Lunda had a two-gold medal performance as well, winning the 300m event earlier in the day, as did Hudson Grimshaw-Surette who won the 1000m race setting a new AUS record of 2:26.53, topping the record of 2:28.78 set by StFX's John Corbit in 2010. He also won the 4x800m relay with Harmon Grimshaw-Surette, Jonathan Goodridge and Aidan Goslett.

The Tigers are leading both team titles after the first day of competiton


1. Lorena Heubach: high jump & 60mH
1. Matthew Coolen: 60mH
1. Hudson Grimshaw-Surette: 1000m (AUS record)
1. Maya Reynolds: 300m
1. Josh Lunda: 300m
1. Catherine Thompson: 3000m
1. Callum Drever: 3000m
1. Nicolas Beaulieu: long jump
1. Women's 4x200m relay (Maya Reynolds, Lorena Heubach, Taylor Mattinson & Eden Bishop)
1. Men's 4x200m relay (Matthew Coolen, Josh Lunda, Dan Lord & Jaiden Williams) (AUS record)
1. Men's 4x800m relay (Harmon Grimshaw-Surette, Jonathan Goodridge, Aidan Goslett & Hudson Grimshaw-Surette)
2. Chelsea MacIsaac: shot put
2. Emily Hamilton: 3000m
2. Andre Hendricks: shot put
3. Aidan Goslett: 1000m


RECAP BY: Andy Campbell/UNB Athletics

(SAINT JOHN, NB) Victoria LeBlanc wanted the record, and she got it.

Jumping in her hometown at the 2020 Subway Atlantic University Sport Track and Field Championships, LeBlanc won the women's triple jump for the host UNB Reds, establishing a new AUS record of 12.01 metres in the process.

"That was my goal, to get the record, to finish my last AUS and be able to put UNB in the record books," said LeBlanc, who set the new mark in her final attempt. "I had one more shot, and I thought to myself don't worry about the distance, it will come, so I just focused on projecting and jumping and I got it, so I'm very pleased."

LeBlanc and her Reds teammates Erin McCavour and Lexie Shannon swept the women's triple jump podium, with McCavour grabbing the silver medal and Shannon the bronze.

The women's triple jump record wasn't the only one to fall on day one of the conference championships.

In an exciting men's 1000 metres, Dalhousie's Hudson Grimshaw-Surette threw himself across the finish line to beat Saint Mary's Andrew Peverill by 1/100th of a second.

Grimshaw-Surette, in 2:26.53, Peverill, in 2:26.54, and bronze medallist Aidan Goslett, from Dal, in 2:27.66, all finished faster than the previous AUS record.

After the first day of competition, at the new Irving Oil Field House, in Saint John, Dalhousie leads the men's competition with a total of 80 points, followed by the host UNB Reds, with 69, and the St FX X-Men, with 31. Saint Mary's, Memorial, Moncton, St. Thomas and UPEI round out the men's standings.

In the women's standings, after day one, Dal is in first place with 77 points. The X-Women are second, with 61, and Moncton is third with 38. UNB, Saint Mary's, Memorial, Acadia, and St. Thomas round out the women's standings.

In the premiere sprint events, Dalhousie runners captured both gold medals.

In the women's 300 metres, Maya Reynolds out-ran Moncton's Véronique Omalosanga to the finish line. In the men's 300 metres, Dal's Josh Lunda edged X's Bradley Barclay by 6/10ths of a second.

Dal's Lorena Heubach won a pair of gold medals, finishing first in the women's 60 metre hurdles, and taking the women's high jump.

"It was really about the start," said Heubach, of her 60 metre hurdles victory. "I've been having better starts. Every time I get the start right, it turns out to be a really good race."

Moncton's Kyla Hughes won the women's shot put, edging Dalhousie's Chelsea MacIsaac.

Jarod Manuel, of the UNB Reds, won the men's shot put, beating Dal's Andre Hendricks.

Dalhousie's Catherine Thompson used a late kick to win the women's 3000 metres, beating teammate Emily Hamilton and UNB's Hannah Cormier across the line.

In the men's 3000 metres, Dal's Callum Drever edged UNB's Isaac Cull at the line, while Michael Colford of the Reds ran third.

The Tigers' Matthew Coolen won the men's 60 metre hurdles, beating Reds Eric Hughes and Micah Hesman.

Jane Hergett, of the X-Women, won the women's 1000 metres, beating Saint Mary's Bhreagh Burke. Hergett finished in a time of 2:52.82, just a 1/10th of a second off the AUS record.

In the men's long jump, Dal's Nicolas Beaulieu jumped 6.70 metres to beat Bradley Barclay, of the X-Men.

Olivia Crewe, of the X-Women amassed 2995 points to with the women's pentathlon, beating Emily Batt, of Saint Mary's, and Memorial's Shae Ledevehat.