Nicole Betker

University of Saskatchewan track & field athletes will suit up in their first competitive meet of 2012 in the Huskie-hosted Prairie Dual on Saturday.

The Prairie Dual features the Huskies and provincial rival the University of Regina Cougars. The coaches of both teams use the dual-format meet to evaluate the progress of the athletes, allowing for a strong travelling team for other competitive events during the season. Points will be awarded in each event and the school with the most points wins the dual.

“We have already had three athletes qualify for CIS standard already this year in Kristen Mackie in weight throw and Teresa Hill and rookie Courtney Erickson in the pole vault,” said Huskie head coach Joanne McTaggart. “We want to continue taking steps forward to have athletes qualify and be prepared for the championships later this year.”

Saturday’s Prairie Dual begins at 1 p.m. with the 60-metre women’s hurdles on the track and women’s long jump on the field. The event will wrap up at 5 p.m. with the 300-metre men and women’s runs. All events will take place at the Saskatoon Field House.

The Prairie Dual is the first of three times that the Huskies will compete at home in the 2012 season. They will also compete at the Field House in the Sled Dog Open on January 27-28 and as hosts of the Canada West Championship on February 24-25.