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Reds Notebook: Cross country V-Reds preparing for new running season

The Varsity Reds cross country teams travel to Wolfville, N.S. this weekend to take part in the Acadia Invitational. The meet is the first of four on the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) regular season schedule.

On the women’s side, head coach Jason Reindl has high hopes for this year’s team.

“Our goal is a top-two finish at the AUS Championships,” Reindl said.

The women’s team finished third at last year’s conference championship behind the champion Dalhousie Tigers and runners up StFX X-Women.

On the men’s side, expectations are a bit lower.

“(The goal) is to get back on the podium,” Reindl said. “We haven’t had a guys’ team on the podium for a few years now. Our goal is to just get a medal.”

UNB’s cross country teams, along with their track and field squads, are made up of students from both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. While there are some obvious challenges to this setup, Reindl said the team is still able to create chemistry.

“Some of them train in Saint John while some of them do it in Fredericton. On the weekends we get together as one team, we compete, and the kids are all the best of friends like any other team.”

The UNB/STU Invitational takes place on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Odell Park.

Acing Academics
The Varsity Reds women’s volleyball team has yet to play a game this season but is already attracting plenty of attention.

This past season, they were the only team in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) to have every player receive straight As. The team had an average GPA of 3.9.

“We’re continually striving to be champions of academic and athletic excellence,” said UNB director of athletics John Richard in a press release. “We never cease to be blown away by our student-athletes’ achievements. I have no doubt that the dedication and determination they show in these two areas of their lives will play a strong role in their future successes.”

AUStv Problems
UNB soccer fans ran into some bad luck this past weekend as AUStv was unable to webcast the four games from Memorial University. In an email, AUStv support staff wrote they “weren’t able to set up their connection infrastructure in time.” This was the Varsity Reds’ only trip to MUN this regular season.

Hockey Game Change
The Varsity Reds men’s hockey team will play their first home exhibition game a day earlier than originally expected. UNB’s home game against Nipissing University, originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, has been moved to Friday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. The Wiggles were scheduled to perform at the Aitken Centre on Sept. 19 but that show has been moved to The Playhouse.

Fencing Classes at RJCC
The UNB Fencing Club hosts instructor-led classes for beginners on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Hatheway Family Fitness Studio at the Richard J. Currie Center. The first lesson is free and all equipment is provided by the club. Advanced lessons are also available Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10 p.m. Contact fencing@unb.ca or visit Sites.google.com/site/fencingunb for details. All are welcome.

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