Tommies gain multiple school records at AUS track and field championships

(Photo taken by Kevin Barrett)

The St. Thomas University Tommies’ track and field team wrapped up their season on Feb. 21 and 22 in Saint John at the AUS Championships. Both the men’s and women’s team didn’t get the result they had hoped for, as the men’s team finished seventh place, while the women’s team finished ninth.

Despite the loss, numerous Tommie records were broken over the course of the weekend. Santanna Rafuse finished her 60 metre dash in 8.27 seconds. Priya Bhutani completed her 1500 metre run in just over five minutes, and in just over three minutes in the 1000 metre.

In the high jump, Tristan Sutherland posted a 1.60 metre leap and was also a part of the men’s 4×200, along with Ravtej Singh, Kirklin Robichaud and Alex Gallent, who finished at 1:41.12 as a team.

Rafuse said despite the results, the overall experience was incredible.

“I’ve never been apart of anything big,” she said.

“It was really cool to be a part of [it].”

Ravtej Singh gets ready for one of his races. (Photo taken by Kevin Barrett)

Men’s results

The Dalhousie University Tigers continued their dominance on the track, capturing their sixth consecutive AUS track and field championship, and 18th first place in 19 years.

They tallied up 151 points. UNB trailed them, finishing in second with 128 points.

The Tommies finished the weekend with four points. Tommies’ veteran Ryan Terry ran a 9:20.27 in the 3000 metre run and completed his 1500 metre run in just over four minutes at 4:16.40.

Women’s results

The Tommies accomplished a new feat during their weekend at the AUS championships.

Rafuse completed her 60 metre dash in 8.27 seconds. It was good enough to finish eighth and qualify for the finals, the first time a Tommie has done so in the event.

Rafuse, a rookie from Waterville, Nova Scotia, said the 60 metre dash is her favourite event.

“It was a great experience,” Rafuse said.

The Tommies finished the weekend in ninth place, recording two points over the weekend.

Dalhousie once again swept their competition away. Finishing atop of the standings with 122 points, the Tigers took home their 31st consecutive AUS women’s track and field title. The St. Francis Xavier X-Women finished in second with 92 points.