Nicole Betker

The University of Saskatchewan Huskie track & field team returned with 17 medals from the Golden Bear Open in Edmonton on the weekend.

Between the men and women’s teams, the Huskies earned six gold medals, four silver medals and seven bronze medals.

The Huskies also set two CIS standards at the event. Keegan Sharp earned the gold medal and smashed the CIS standard with 3723 points in the pentathlon, while the women’s 4X400-metre relay team won gold in a time of 3:48.33. The time was five seconds faster than the CIS standard.

Saskatchewan continues to be strong in throws taking home four medals in the events. Kristen Mackie tossed 16.17-metres in the weight throw for gold, while Karla Grabuch threw 15.1107-metres for the silver. Grabuch also took home the gold in shot put throwing 13.03-metres and Nolan Machiskinic won bronze in the men’s event with a throw of 14.52-metres.

Jodi Souter and Cossy Nachilobe were the other gold medalists. Souter finished in 2:55.58 for the gold in the 1,000-metres, while Nachilobe jumped 14.43-metres in the triple jump for gold.

Other medal winners included Veronika Smits winning a silver medal in the pentathlon (3577), Lincoln Crooks finished second in high jump (1.1101-metres), Davis Guenther won silver in the 1,000-m (2:2110.8110) and added a bronze in the 1,500-m (4:01.41). Marcia Richards (1,000-m; 2:5110.1110), Danielle Kabatoff (triple jump, 11.43-m), Sharai Siemens (600-m, 1:33.56), Mignon le Roux (pole vault, 3.55-m) and Teresa Hill (pole vault, 3.55-m) all won bronze medals for the Huskies.

The Huskies will compete again January 27-28 at the 43rd Annual Sled Dog Open at the Saskatoon Field House.