PICTOU — Eric Hughes has earned a track and field award in his freshman year in university.
Hughes, who is from Pictou and is pursuing a business degree at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, is Atlantic University Sport’s male rookie of the year in track and field.
He achieved the honour by winning his 60-metre hurdles event while also playing third in the men’s 4×200-metre relay and fourth in the 4×400-metre relay during the indoor track and field championships last month in Moncton, N.B.
“It was pretty exciting,” he said of the plaque he received during the recent AUS awards presentations.
Hughes was a force in high school track and field, as he has been as a member of Pictou County Athletics.
He ended up at UNB after a recruitment session last spring.
“It was about a year ago they took me to Boston as a recruit,” he said. “The facilities at UNB are really good. They just opened a new facility there.”
Hughes has excelled in hurdle races and plans to continue with the discipline as his best option for future competitions in university and elsewhere.
Sixty metres is the usual distance indoors, while the outdoor distance is generally 110 metres.
“I think I’ll stick with hurdles,” he said. “I hope to go to the Canada Summer Games in 2021.”
Eric Hughes holds the plaque he received as the AUS’s top track and field male rookie. (Goodwin photo)