Huskies host 44th annual Sled Dog Open


January 23, 2013, Saskatoon, SK, (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies, along with the Downtown Lions, is pleased to present the 44th Annual Downtown Lions Sled Dog Open Track & Field Meet.

This year, the one of largest indoor competitions in North America to be held in a single weekend, promises to be better than ever.

Running Friday, January 25 to Saturday, January 26 at the Saskatoon Field House, the Sled Dog Open 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.

The Sled Dog Open features the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and other top athletes from Canada West schools. Watch for reigning CIS champion Lane Britnell in pole vault and Canada West shot put and weight throw champion Karla Gabruch competing for the Huskies this weekend. Britnell has already cleared 5.00-metres this season and Gabruch has top two finishes under her belt.

“The Sled Dog continually gets people involved and contributes a great deal to track & field in the city and the province,” said Huskie track & field head coach Joanne McTaggart. “It’s a big exciting event for the elementary school students, who get to run their relays on a grand stage.”

Huskie athletes from other sports – soccer and football – will volunteer at the event to interact and support the hundreds of elementary school relay kids.

Admission for the event is $5 to help support Huskie student-athletes. All fans can park free of charge at the Saskatoon Field House or in the Stadium Parkade, just west of the Saskatoon Field House. The Stadium Parkade will be courtesy of Huskie Athletics on Friday night only. The parkade is available for parking on Saturday for an exit fee. Huskie football players will be assisting with parking throughout the Sled Dog Open.

The action begins at the Saskatoon Field House on Friday at 4 p.m. with the heats for the elementary school relays, which features 500 teams from almost every school in the Catholic and Public School system in the city as well as teams from across Saskatchewan. The elementary school relay finals run Saturday. The open and age class events run throughout Friday and Saturday. Events get started at 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.