Top track rookies at Saint Mary’s

Athletes from Saint Mary’s University took both the male and female rookie of the year award this past weekend at the Atlantic University Sports (AUS) championship meet.

Men's 1000 meter race medalists. Jake Wing, far right (Violet MacLeod photo)

By Violet MacLeod

Athletes from Saint Mary’s University took both the male and female rookie of the year award this past weekend at the Atlantic University Sports (AUS) championship meet.

The two-day competition attracted athletes from, Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s, St. Francis Xavier, Université de Moncton and Memorial.

Saint Mary’s improved over last year with both its men’s and women’s teams coming in third over all.

The male and female AUS rookies of the year were, Jake Wing and Anissa Owen.

Wing is ranked 23rd in the country this week for the 1,000 metre race. He was introduced at the championship, by the announcer, as the, “Favourite to win” but fell short in the final stretch of the race loosing to Dalhousie runner Kahmall McCabe.

Wing said, “I gave it my all in the 1,000 meter so I can’t be too disappointed.”

Wing ended up with three medals for the Huskies. He earned, third in the 1,500 metre, third in the men’s 4 x 400 metre and second in the 1,000 metre race. While Owen was first in the long jump and third in the 60 metre dash.

Sharlane MacLeod, a second year student who competed in five events for Saint Mary’s University this past weekend, said that all the rookies did well. She went on to say that there is pressure for the rookies, because some of them have athletic scholarships to consider,

Sharlane MacLeod receives her bronze medal in the womens 4X400 relay (Violet MacLeod photo)

“SMU gives financial incentives to students who are recruited.”

Wing said that he was fortunate enough to recieve some money under an athletic scholarship, to run for Saint Mary’s. But did not say how much.

MacLeod went on to explain that the financial investment is not always enough though,

“Sometimes they (student athletes) want to take another program and we end up loosing them after a few years.”

Wing echoed this statement saying that he will most likely be attending Dalhousie in third year for the engineering program.

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Sharlane MacLeod talks about how Saint Mary’s rookies performed this past weekend at the Atlantic University Sport championship.