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Track & Field athletes earn AUS honours

Track & Field athletes earn AUS honours

In addition to taking home both AUS chmapionship team banners, a number of Tigers earned AUS major awards at the end of the 2020 Subway AUS Track and Field Championships.

Lorena Heubach was named the AUS female field athlete of the year for the second time in her career. In addition to winning the long and high jump events at the AUS championships, she auto-qualified for the pentathlon after winning the event at an earlier meet and setting a new Dalhousie record in the proces. She also had success on the track at this year's championships, winning the 60m hurdles and was a member of the gold-medal winning 4x200m relay team.

Heubach was also chosen as the Subway AUS Female Athlete of the Meet after earning four gold medlas at the championships.

Hudson Grimshaw-Surette was named the AUS male track athlete of the year after winning both the 600m and 1000m races. He set a new AUS championship record in the 1000m race. Grimshaw-Surette earned two more gold medals as members of the 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams.

Nicolas Beaulieu was named the AUS male rookie of the year after collecting three medals at his first championship. He earned individual gold in the men's long jump event, and bronze in both the triple jump and the 60m dash.

Jacob Halloran was named the AUS Male Student-Athlete Community Service award winner for best combining athletics and academic succss with community service. A third-year medical sciences student from Guysborough, N.S., Halloran has had success in his sport and in the classroom, while also volunteering extensively within the community. At this weekend's championship he finished 12th in the men's 3000m.

He boasts a 4.09 cumulative GPA in the classroom and was the 2019 recipient of the Aramark Leadership Award.

Halloran founded and serves as president of the Dalhousie chapter of Jack.org—a national organization focused on mental health. Later this month, he will be the keynote speaker at the first-ever Jack.org summit in Atlantic Canada.

In his role as president, which began in 2016, he has chaired weekly meetings, overseen the activities of the executive council, and managed recruitment and executive restructuring through annual turnover.

He has served as spokesperson, delivering keynote presentations on mental health at high school symposiums across Atlantic Canada and conducting media interviews as part of Jack.org's Back to School campaign.

Rich Lehman was named both the male and female coach of the yearm while Mike Bawol earned the honour of male volunteer coach of the year for the third-consecutive season.

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The Dalhousie Tigers claimed both the men's and women's championship banners at the 2020 Subway AUS Track and Field Championships, presented by Keep It Social, hosted by the UNB Reds at the Irving Oil Field House in Saint John, N.B. this weekend.

The Tigers' women's team finished with 122 points to claim their 31st consecutive championship banner. The StFX X-Women team came in second with 92 points. The Moncton Aigles Bleues finished third with 70 points and the host UNB Reds finished in fourth with 60 points.

The Dalhousie men's squad earned 151 points and their 18th championship banner in 19 years.

The host UNB Reds men's team claimed second place with 128 points and the StFX X-Men finished third with 57 points.

Dalhousie's Lorena Heubach was named the championship's Subway AUS Athlete of the Meet after capturing four gold medals—including one in the 60m hurdles and another as a member of Dalhousie's 4x200m relay team. She was also named the AUS field athlete of the year. More details can be found in her write up below.

UNB's Michah Hesman was the championship's Subway AUS Athlete of the Meet on the men's side. He captured gold medals in the men's heptathlon as well as the men's pole vault. He also won bronze in the men's 60m hurdles.

AUS Women's Track and Field Major Award Winners

TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Jane Hergett, StFX X-Women

Jane Hergett of the StFX X-Women is the AUS track athlete of the year.

A third-year nursing student from Port Williams, N.S., Hergett topped the podium four times at this weekend's championship.

She won individual gold twice—in both the 1000m and 1500m runs. She captured two more gold medals as a member of the 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams.

Her win marks the first time an athlete from the X-Women has been named AUS track athlete of the year since the 2013-14 season when former StFX standout Eilish MacQuarrie earned the honour.


FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Lorena Heubach, Dalhousie Tigers

Lorena Heubach of the Dalhousie Tigers is the AUS field athlete of the year.

A third-year science student from Wolfville, N.S., Heubach captured four gold medals at this weekend's championship—including one in the high jump and another in the long jump.

This marks the second time in her career that she has been honoured as the AUS field athlete of the year. She first won the honour in her rookie season in 2017-18.


ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Caroline Gagnon, Moncton Aigles Bleues

Caroline Gagnon of the Moncton Aigles Bleues is the AUS rookie of the year.

A first-year health sciences student from Moncton, N.B., Gagnon earned three silver medals at her first AUS championship meet this weekend.

She captured individual silver in the 60m hurdles event and earned team silver as a member of the 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams. She also placed fifth in the long jump.

This marks the first time an athlete from the Moncton Aigles Bleues has been named the conference's top rookie since Erica Doucet won the award in 2004-05.


STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Jo
ëlle Léger, Moncton Aigles Bleues

Joëlle Léger of the Moncton Aigles Bleues has been chosen as this year's recipient of the AUS student-athlete community service award.

A second-year psychology student from Dieppe, N.B., Léger excels on the track and in the classroom, while also volunteering extensively within her community.

At this year's championship, she captured two silver medals as member of the Aigles Bleues 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams. Individually, she finished eighth in the women's 300m dash.

In the classroom, Léger was an academic all-Canadian last season and is on pace to earn the honour again this year. She currently boasts a GPA of 4.3 and a cumulative GPA of 4.21.

As a volunteer for the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick, she helps to plan initiatives in the community and works to promote mental health within the province.

On campus, she is a member of Psychology department's student association. She volunteers planning student activities and assisting students within the program with academic planning.

Léger also volunteers as a lab assistant in the neuroscience department and as a volunteer tutor in statistics.

She is also serving as a volunteer coach for the New Brunswick track and field team at the 2020 Candian Francophone Games (Jeux de la francophonie canadienne).

This marks the first time a student-athlete from the Aigles Bleues track and field team has won this award.


COACH OF THE YEAR: Rich Lehman, Dalhousie Tigers

Dalhousie Tigers head coach Rich Lehman has been named the AUS women's track and field coach of the year.

This marks the seventh time in eight seasons Coach Lehman has earned this honour.

Today's AUS women's track and field conference title marked Dalhousie's 31st straight and eighth consecutive banner under Lehman's leadership.


VOLUNTEER COACH OF THE YEAR: Earl Church, Moncton Aigles Bleues

Earl Church, a throws coach with the Moncton Aigles Bleues, has been named the AUS men's track and field volunteer coach of the year.

Coach Church has been coaching for over 53 years and has coaches at an international level.

He has worked as a throws coach with the Aigles Bleus for the last 10 years. Under his leadership, three athletes from Moncton's women's team earned medals at this weekend's championship—scoring 22 of their 70 team points.

This marks the second time Church has won this honour since the award's inception in the 2016-17 season. He was first named volunteer coach of the year in 2017-18.

UNB's Michah Hesman was the championship's Subway AUS Athlete of the Meet on the men's side. He captured gold medals in the men's heptathlon as well as the men's pole vault. He also won bronze in the men's 60m hurdles.


AUS Men's Track and Field Major Award Winners

TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Hudson Grimshaw-Surette, Dalhousie Tigers

Hudson Grimshaw-Surette of the Dalhousie Tigers is the AUS track athlete of the year.

A third-year kinesiology student from Yarmouth, N.S., Grimshaw-Surette won gold and set a new conference record in the 1000m run at this weekend's championships with a time of 2:26.53.

He captured four gold medals in all—two individual golds in the 1000m and 600m races, and two team golds as a member of the 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams.

Earlier this season, Grimshaw-Surette was named an AUS all-star in men's cross country after finishing in seventh place at the AUS championship.

This marks the fourth time in five seasons a Dalhousie student-athlete has been named AUS track athlete of the year. Matt Coolen earned the honour for the Tigers in 2015-15 and 2018-19, and Mike Van der Poel won the award in 2016-17.

FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Jarod Manuel, UNB Reds

Jarod Manuel of the UNB Reds is the AUS field athlete of the year.

An MBA student from LaSalle, Ont. Manuel captured gold in both the men's shot put and men's weight throw events.

This marks the first time a UNB student-athlete has captured this award.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Nick Beaulieu, Dalhousie Tigers

Nick Beaulieu of the Dalhousie is the AUS track and field rookie of the year.

A first-year engineering student from Bedford, N.S., Beaulieu captured three medals at his first AUS championship meet this weekend.

He earned individual gold in the men's long jump event, and bronze in both the triple jump and the 60m dash.

Beaulieu is the first athlete from the Tigers to be named AUS rookie of the year since the 2015-16 season when Matthew Coolen earned the honour.

STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Jacob Halloran, Dalhousie Tigers

Jacob Halloran of the Dalhousie Tigers has been chosen as this year's recipient of the AUS student-athlete community service award.

A third-year medical sciences student from Guysborough, N.S., Halloran has had success in his sport and in the classroom, while also volunteering extensively within the community.

At this weekend's championship he finished 12th in the men's 3000m.

He boasts a 4.09 cumulative GPA in the classroom and was the 2019 recipient of the Aramark Leadership Award.

Halloran founded and serves as president of the Dalhousie chapter of Jack.org—a national organization focused on mental health. Later this month, he will be the keynote speaker at the first-ever Jack.org summit in Atlantic Canada.

In his role as president, which began in 2016, he has chaired weekly meetings, overseen the activities of the executive council, and managed recruitment and executive restructuring through annual turnover.

He has served as spokesperson, delivering keynote presentations on mental health at high school symposiums across Atlantic Canada and conducting media interviews as part of Jack.org's Back to School campaign.

Halloran's win marks the first time a Tigers track and field athlete has earned this AUS award since former Dalhousie student-athlete Ueli Albert won in 2006-07.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Rich Lehman, Dalhousie Tigers

Dalhousie Tigers head coach Rich Lehman has been named the AUS men's track and field coach of the year.

This marks the fifth time in his career that he has earned this honour. He has earned coach of the year nods in men's track and field in 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-18.

The Tigers team win at this weekend's championship marked their 18th men's title in 19 seasons and seventh banner in eight seasons under Coach Lehman.

VOLUNTEER COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Bawol, Dalhousie Tigers

Mike Bawol, a sprints coach with the Dalhousie, has been named the AUS men's track and field volunteer coach of the year.

Coach Bawol has been with the Tigers for the past eight seasons.

Dalhousie athletes he works with include AUS record holder Matt Coolen, AUS gold medalist Josh Lunda and AUS rookie of the year Nick Beaulieu. He also works with the 4x200m relay team which captured gold and set a new conference record this season.

This marks the third consecutive year Coach Bawol has been honoured as AUS volunteer coach of the year.

Complete results from this weekend's championships can be found here.

This year's U SPORTS Track and Field Championships are being hosted by the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alta., March 5-7.