Nicole Betker

The University of Saskatchewan track & field team finished Day 1 of the Huskies-hosted 43rd Annual Downtown Lions Sled Dog Open with 19 medals.

Sled Dog features top athletes in the province, including those of international quality. Spectators can expect to see more than 4,000 track & field athletes compete in a variety of events. Events range from the 4x100m and 4x800m featured in the Elementary School Relays to a full complement of track & field events for athletes in the bantam, midget, juvenile, junior, senior and University age categories.

Elecktra Charles, Morgan Sawatsky, Veronika Smits and Karla Gabruch each won gold medals for the Huskeis on Day 1 of Sled Dog competition. Charles earned hers in the 1,000-metre race clocking in at 2:59.43. Sawatsky claimed gold in the 300-metres in a time of 40.20. Smits won in long jump with a leap of 5.44-metres, while Grabruch threw 13.05-metres to win gold in shot put.

Winning silver medals in high jump Lincoln Crooks clearing 1.97-meters, while Lauren Taylor and Danielle Kabatoff tied at 1.62-m. Sharai Siemens won silver clocking in at 40.38 in the 300-metres and Katbatoff also won silver in long jump leaping 5.23-m. Nicholas Allard also leapt 6.17-metres in the long jump for silver.

Winning bronze medals were Gabrielle Edwards (1,000-m, 3:02.78); Ryan Cox (1,000-m, 2:39.08); Donald Bridgeman (300-m, 35.76); Courtney Wiens (long jump, 5.19-m); James Digel (long jump, 6.13-m & high jump, 1.82-m); Nolan Machiskinic (shot put, 15.06-m) and Smits (shot put, 10.59-m)

Sled Dog continues Saturday at the Saskatoon Field House. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Elementary school relays begin at 4:30 p.m.

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