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Peverill, Kriznar win gold as Huskies men finish second at AUS Track & Field Championships

Peverill, Kriznar win gold as Huskies men finish second at AUS Track & Field Championships

SAINT JOHN, NB - Day two of the 2023 AUS Track & Field Championships wrapped up on Saturday in Saint John, NB, with the Saint Mary's Huskies finishing second in the men's team standings, tying their best finish in program history.

The day was filled with exciting highlights for the maroon and white, as Andrew Peverill and Nikola Kriznar were both crowned AUS Champions in their respective events.

Peverill would, like the previous day's 3000m, lead the 1500m wire-to-wire, with Dalhousie's Aidan Goslett in pursuit throughout the race. In one last big kick, Peverill would take home the gold in a new AUS Championship record and Saint Mary's school record time of 3:46.56.

Peverill was emotional as he cross the finish line, in what will be the last race of his distinguished AUS career.

"I knew Aidan (Goslett) had been running well this season and I was going to be pressed by him, so it was a mix of putting together a good performance and my last individual race of my AUS career," he said.

In the 60m, it was the showdown between UPEI's Zach Wilson and SMU's Nikola Kriznar in the finals that had everyone on the edge of their seat. In a photo finish that separated the two competitors by .03 of a second, Kriznar finished on top with a 6.96 versus Wilson's 6.99. This punches his ticket to the U SPORTS National Championships in Saskatoon in two weeks time.

In his last competition wearing the maroon and white, Andy MacMullin showed why he has become a cornerstone of the program, racing to a bronze medal in the 60m in a personal best time of 7.15, and anchoring the 4x400m relay team (Innis MacMullin, Keegan Hall, Andrew Peverill, Andy MacMullin) to a silver medal finish and new school record of 1:30.09.

The Huskies weren't done there with stepping on the podium, as Dante Isadore took home another medal, this time in the Triple Jump with a distance of 12.73m, and Eric Wall claiming the silver medal in the High Jump, clearing 1.85m in an exciting jump-off against Dalhousie's Diego Marshall.

The Men's team finished second place overall with 79 points, narrowly edging out the UNB Reds and their 76 points. The Dalhousie Tigers took home the AUS banner with a score of 124.

On the Women's side, the team would finish 7th place overall with 10 points as the Dalhousie Tigers won the AUS title with a score of 155 points. The women had multiple personal bests, with Mackenzie Roach highlighting the women's performances of the day with a 4th place finish in the 60m, running a personal best of 8.07.

After the dust had settled, there were the AUS Major Awards to hand out. The Huskies had four major award winners, with the following athletes and coaches being honoured:

The Huskies will now be represented by three athletes competing at the U SPORTS Track & Field Championships, hosted by the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Andrew Peverill will be competing in the 1500m and 3000m, Nikola Kriznar in the 60m dash, and Dante Isadore in the Long Jump. Good luck to those athletes and their coaches as they prepare for the championships, from March 9-11th. Congratulations to all athletes who competed at the AUS Championship!

Final Team Standings


  1. Dalhousie 124
  2. Saint Mary's 79
  3. UNB 76
  4. Moncton 63
  5. Memorial 21
  6. StFX 21
  7. UPEI 13
  8. Cape Breton 10


  1. Dalhousie 155
  2. UNB 101
  3. StFX 54
  4. Moncton 31
  5. Memorial 26
  6. UPEI 11
  7. Saint Mary's 10
  8. Cape Breton 10
  9. Acadia 1

RECAP BY: Jonathan Peverill / Saint Mary's Athletics & Andy Campbell / UNB Athletics
PHOTOS BY: James West / for UNB Athletics