Robinson named top cross-country rookie


Katie Robinson of the Saint John Track Club, shown here in a file photo, was named the Atlantic University Sport rookie of the year for cross-country.

Athletes from across Atlantic Canada gathered for final cross-country meets of the Atlantic season at the Universite de Moncton over the weekend. The site was the host for both the open and university Atlantic University Sport competitions, which were run on the same course.

On the university side, Dalhousie won the women’s championship and St. Francis Xavier won the men’s. Saint John Track Club athletes had some outstanding performances.

In the women’s event, local UNBSJ athlete, Katie Robinson, continued her strong rookie season with an eighth-place finish behind teammate UNBF athlete, Sarah Myatt. This was strong enough for both athletes to qualify for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships in London, Ont. next month.

Robinson was also selected as the AUS rookie of the year for her performance and for clearly being the strongest rookie runner in the conference this season.

On the men’s side, Dal’s team was led by Saint Johner Matt McNeil, in his third year with the team. McNeil continued his strong season with a second-place finish, qualifying again for the CIS championships and making him an AUS all-star.

In the open championships, Connor McCluskey of River Valley Middle School had a strong race to win the boys 12-13 2500m race. Following up on his NBIAA XC win last week, Brady Graves won the boys 14-15 3000m race and Simone Delaney of Hampton placed second in the 14-15 girls 3000m. Josh Shanks continued his winning ways with a strong result to win in the boys aged 16-17 6km.