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(ISN) – NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – The 2014-15 Canada West Track & Field Championship is on this weekend from Friday, February 27 through Saturday, February 28 at the Max Bell Fieldhouse in the University of Manitoba.

The Regina Cougars men’s team and the Trinity Western Spartans women’s squad will be coming into the event looking to repeat as conference champions, but expect to face tough competition from the field of eight programs across the conference.

Top challengers for the R.E. DuWors men’s championship trophy include the Victoria Vikes, Trinity Western Spartans and Lethbridge Pronghorns, nationally ranked at seventh, eight and tenth, respectively.

The no. 2-ranked Spartans will attempt to defend the Eleanor Haslam women’s championship trophy from no. 6 Saskatchewan Huskies, no. 9 Alberta Pandas and no. 10 Calgary Dinos, among others.

Some of the performers to keep an eye out for are reigning Performer of the Year awardees Thomas Riva (Victoria Men’s Track), Peter Millman (Lethbridge Men’s Field) and Sabrina Nettey (Trinity Western Women’s Field).

Below are what fans can expect to see from the Championships this weekend, followed by the schedule of events. The Championships will be webcasted live on CanadaWest.TV. Click here for live results.
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University of Alberta Golden Bears & Pandas

CIS Ranking: N/A (men) and 9th (women)

2013-14 CIS Standings Finish: 18th (men) and 11th (women)

2013-14 Canada West Standings Finish: 8th (men) and 5th (women)

Last CIS Title: 2001 (men) and 1985 (women)

Last CW Title: 2006 (men) and 1983 (women)

Key returnees: Mitchell Home, Alexa Hrycun, Nathan Filipek, Leah Walkeden, Daniella Clonfero, Isaac Tyler, Ismael Karidio
Key additions: Adeyemi Taylor-Lewis, Emilie Dick, Cyril Okoye
Key departures: Courtney Wilkes, Stephen McPhee, Ciera Heshka-Wolf

EDMONTON – The University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas track and field program heads to the 2015 Canada West championship looking to improve on their fifth place finish in women’s from last season, and their eighth place finish in men’s in 2014.

Leading the way for the U of A teams this year will be a healthy stable of returning student-athletes, but the teams will have to overcome the losses of some key contributors, including Stephen McPhee, Courtney Wilkes and Ciera Heshka-Wolfe, all of whom were Canada West medalists, while both McPhee and Wilkes were national medalists. Taking over the reins will be Leah Walkden (60m and relay), Nathan Filipek (pole vault), Daniella Clonfero (300m), Mitchell Home (300m), Alexa Hrycun (60m hurdles), Isaac Tyler (high jump), Ismael Karidio (triple jump), Quintin Pohl (60m), Matthew Van Mulligen (600m and 1,000m), Gloria Kanuka (1,000m and 1,500m) and Matthew Fritze (long jump).

Newcomers Danielle Thiel (1,500m), Adeyemi Taylor-Lewis (60m and relay) and Cyril Okoye (long jump) could also add to Alberta’s point totals. Thiel, formerly of the Lakehead University Thunderwolves, was the Pandas’ top performer at the 2014 CIS cross country championship earlier this season, and gives the Pandas some solid depth in the distance events.

Sprinter Leah Walkeden, who has already hit her CIS qualify mark this year, is back from an injury that sat her out all of last season. The third-year sprinter was the U of A Female Rookie of the Year in 2011-12, and looks to be back on track as a key contributor to the team, along with her 4x200m relay teammates Alexa Hrycun, Daniella Clonfero and Monique Gervais. That relay team has also already qualified for the CIS championship, and also makes up the bulk of the 4×400 team, which also features Bailey Sallis, and Maegan Cieslelski.

Filipek is Alberta’s strongest contender for Canada West and CIS hardware this season as the sophomore pole vaulter from Langley, BC has begun to assert himself within the CIS field. Filipek also spent the 2014 fall season as a receiver with the Golden Bears football team.
The Golden Bears 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams are also strong this season, and in fact the 4×200 team has already run the fastest time over the past three years for the U of A.

University of Calgary Dinos

CIS Ranking: N/A (men) and 10th (women)

2013-14 CIS Standings Finish: 15th (men) and tied for 6th (women)

2013-14 Canada West Standings Finish: 6th (men) and 2nd (women)

Last CIS Title: N/A (men) and 2013 (women)

Last CW Title: 2012 (men) and 2013 (women)

Key returnees: Ryley Bell, Roman Justinen, Garrett King, Emma Cook-Clarke, Katelyn Lehner, Allison Kendall, Jamie Kolodinsky
Key additions: Cole Lethebe, Mariano Ezeta, Steven Link, Niki Oudenaarden, Keely Watts-Watling, Lacey Miller, Sarah MacArthur
Key departures: Brad Bickley, Rachel Machin, Rachael McIntosh, Kimberly Stephenson, Jenn Zimmer

CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos track and field teams head to Winnipeg to compete at the Canada West Championships with lofty goals in mind.

On the men’s side, they lost just Brad Bickley to graduation, but return the likes of Ryley Bell, Alex Bymoen, and Roman Justinen, all of which are ranked in the top three in their respective events going into the championships.

In the sprints, King is expected to medal in all four events he will compete in, including 300m, 600m and two relay teams. He is a workhorse for the Dinos men’s team. Justinen will be asked to carry a heavy load with starts in three events including 1000m, 1500m and the 4×800 relay. For Bell, he currently ranks second in the long jump and will also compete in the triple jump, stretching his limits for the Dinos.

The men’s team boasts Mariano Ezeta and Steven Link, both of which sat out last year. Ezeta will compete in the 300m, currently ranked third overall, as well as two relay teams while Link will be looking to medal in both the shot put and weight throw. Cole Lethebe also joins the troops and will compete in the triple jump, long jump and high jump for the Dinos.

For the women’s team, the loss of the pentathlon duo of Rachel Machin and Rachael McIntosh is a blow to the Dinos, but Katelyn Lehner will step in to take the reins in that event in her second year of CIS competition. She will also compete in the long jump and high jump. Also returning for Calgary are cross country star Emma Cook-Clarke, Samme Groenveld, Allison Kendall and Jamie Kolodinsky.

“We lost a lot of quality athletes from the team this year, but we have significant contributors across the board in all events,” said Dinos head coach Doug Lamont. “The University of Calgary always expects to challenge for Canada West titles.”

Newcomers include Niki Oudenaarden, a transfer from San Diego State University, who is ranked first overall in the shot put and holds a Canadian Junior Record in the outdoor heptathlon and indoor pentathlon. She will be a huge addition who will be able to step into medal contention and be an impact at both the Canada West and CIS levels. Lacey Miller and Sarah MacArthur also return to the Dinos after a year off.

Following the Canada West Championships, the Dinos will then compete at the CIS Championships hosted by the University of Windsor, March 13-15.
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns

CIS Ranking: 10th (men) and N/A (women)

2013-14 CIS Standings Finish: 14th (both men and women)

2013-14 Canada West Standings Finish: 7th (men) and 8th (women)

Last CIS Title: N/A

Last CW Title: N/A

Key returnees: Peter Millman, Aaron Hernandez, Ryan Sommer
Key additions: None
Key departures: Kayla Gallagher

LETHBRIDGE – The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns track and field team will send a small but talented contingent to the Canada West Championship meet in Winnipeg. After sending 21 athletes to compete at the conference championship last year, the ‘Horns will send 12 athletes this year, seven women and five men.

Reigning CIS Rookie of the Year Aaron Hernandez and two-time Canada West weight throw gold medalist Peter Millman will lead the Pronghorns this season and are expected to win their respective events. The men’s team has been ranked 10th in the country for the past three weeks.

Following a stellar freshman campaign where he won both the Canada West and CIS gold medal in the triple jump, Hernandez enters the championship meet as the jumper to beat, after having ranked first in both the Canada West and CIS in his event.

Millman has had an exceptional start to his third season and goes to Winnipeg as the top ranked thrower in Canada West. Undefeated thus far this season, Millman sits atop the rankings in both the weight throw and shot put amongst Canada West competition. He is also ranked second in the CIS.

Ryan Sommer sits second place in the Canada West rankings in both weight throw and shot put and sixth in CIS. Madison Hurst and Jordan Armstrong round out a strong field for the ‘Horns sitting sixth and 13th in conference rankings for shot put and weight throw.

On the women’s side, the ‘Horns are without defending Canada West and CIS weight throw champion Kayla Gallagher, who did not return to school this year.

Third-year Truro, Nova Scotia native Montana Forsyth is the top ranked Pronghorn woman, fifth in the weight throw, while Lara Roth is ranked one spot behind her at sixth.

Women’s 4X200m relay is ranked sixth in Canada West and looks to better their season’s best time and ranking.

The team is poised to take home five medals and build on their preparations for the CIS Championships
“We have had a strong season from a number of athletes thus far but Canada West is where the rubber really starts to hit the road and preparations for CIS begin to show through,” said head coach Larry Steinke. “I’m expecting strong results from everyone and signs indicate that we will have some very notable performances again this year at Canada West.”

University of Manitoba Bisons

CIS Ranking: N/A (both men and women)

2013-14 CIS Standings Finish: 17th (men) and 22nd (women)

2013-14 Canada West Standings Finish: 5th (men) and 7th (women)

Last CIS Title: 1996 (men) and N/A (women)

Last CW Title: 2009 (men) and 1996 (women)

Key returnees: Amy Graceffo, Sarah Huebert, Melissa Richards, Tamara Paetsch, Rebekah Sass, Wyatt Eyford, Matthew Fitkowsky, Alhaji Mansaray, Gee-ef Nkwonta
Key additions: Tegan Turner, Rachael McLeod, Connor Boyd, Evan Ratzlaff, Eric Guy
Key departures: Amanda Gundrum, Cody Mages

WINNIPEG – Going into the 2015 Canada West Track and Field Championship, the Manitoba Bisons track and field teams will both have chances at medals and the two teams have a realistic goal to finish in the top three.

The Bisons men’s squad finished fifth last season at the conference championship and look to improve on that result. Manitoba seeks to gain enough points from numerous athletes in individual and relay events.

The Bison men’s team will have 29 athletes at the Championship. This men’s squad has several medal opportunities. In the conference rankings, rookie Evan Ratzlaff is ranked fourth in 300m and fourth year Matthew Fitkowsky is ninth in 300m. Rookie Eric Guy is second and third year Wyatt Eyford is tied for fourth in 60m hurdles. Second year Alhaji Mansaray is first while Guy is third and fifth year Arthur Buchanan is fourth in high jump. Eyford is sixth in long jump ranking while third year and co-captain Gee-ef Nkwonta and rookie Oyinkansola Akinola are ranked second and third in triple jump. Buchanan is also fifth in pole vault plus in pentathlon, Eyford is second, Guy is third, rookie Chad Enns is fourth and third year Ryan Croy ranked fifth.

In addition, the Bison men relays are ranked first for 4x800m while third in 4x400m and sixth in 4x200m.

Head coach Claude Berube commented, “I believe we have a realistic goal to finish Top 3 for the men’s team. We feel that we have a chance to medal in several events if the team performs to their levels and reach their rankings during the weekend.”

The Bisons women’s track & field team is less experienced than the men’s side and will have 18 members on this year’s roster. The goal is to improve on last season’s finish and to reach for a Top 5 finish and possibly reach as high as Top 3 at the conference championship.

The women’s squad will compete for medal opportunities. In the conference rankings, rookie Tegan Turner is third and rookie Rachael McLeod is sixth in 60m. In the 600m, fifth year and co-captain Sarah Hubert is ranked fifth while second year and co-captain Rebekah Sass is seventh in 1000m and eighth in 3000m. Third year Tamara Paetsch is tied for third in high jump. Second year Amy Graceffo is fifth in long jump, eighth in high jump, tied for ninth in 60m hurdles and fourth in pentathlon. Fourth year Melissa Richards is fifth and second year Sasanie Wanigasekara are fifth and sixth in triple jump while Richards is first in pole vault and Paetsch is eighth in pole vault. In shot put, third year Manzah Yankey is tied for sixth and fourth year Jolene Dupuis is ranked eighth. Third year Courtney Allary and fifth year Andrea Hesketh are fourth and seventh in weight throw.

Bison women’s relays are ranked first or the 4x200m, fourth in the 4x800m and third for the 4x400m.
Berube continued, “As always, we are excited to be hosting the conference track and field championship and we are expecting our athletes to perform well at home like we have in the past. We expect us to gain valuable experience and compete for a Top 5 team result. In addition, we want to qualify as many athletes on both squads to the 2015 CIS Championship.”

University of Regina Cougars

CIS Ranking: N/A (both men and women)
2013-14 CIS Standings Finish: 6th (men) and 16th (women)

2013-14 Canada West Standings Finish: 1st (men) and 6th (women)

Last CIS Title: N/A (both men and women)

Last CW Title: 2014 (men) and N/A (women)

Key returnees: Joy Becker, Elisabeth Fortier, Merissa Margetts, Adrea Propp, Megan Rumpel, Ahmed Alkabary, Tevaughn Campbell, Matt Johnson, Ian McLellan
Key additions: Kahlen Branning, Ben Rumpel

Key departures: Jeremy Eckert, Connor MacDonald, Chris Pickering

REGINA – The University of Regina’s men’s track & field team will enter the Canada West meet as defending champions, but it might be the Cougar women that make the impact this weekend in Edmonton.

The Cougars have three women ranked in the top four in the conference in multiple events, led by fifth-year veteran Merissa Margetts who will look to add to her stash of three Canada West medals earned in four conference meets. Margetts is ranked No. 2 in the conference and is the school record holder in the 60-metre dash, and is also No. 4 in Canada West in the 60-metre hurdles.

Joy Becker is the meet’s top-ranked athlete in the long jump and is No. 4 in the conference in the triple jump, while middle distance specialist Adrea Propp is having a fine season and is ranked in the top three in Canada West in both the 300-metre run and the 600. Megan Rumpel (high jump) and Elisabeth Fortier (weight throw) also enter the meet ranked No. 3 in the conference in their respective events.

On the men’s side, the Cougars have a pair of athletes entering the conference meet as the No. 1-ranked athlete in Canada West. Tevaughn Campbell is the top-ranked sprinter in the 60-metre dash with a season-best time of 6.78 seconds, and will look to earn his second conference gold medal in the 60 after winning it in 2012. Ranked No. 1 in the long jump with a season-best effort of 7.26 metres, Ahmed Alkabary is in quality form and is looking for his first conference medal since winning silver in the event in 2012.

Matt Johnson (3000-metre run) and Ian McLellan (60-metre hurdles) both enter the weekend ranked No. 4 in the conference, while rookie Ben Rumpel (high jump) is ranked fifth.

The Cougars are guided by Bruce McCannel, who’s in his sixth season as head coach.

University of Saskatchewan Huskies

CIS Ranking: N/A (men) and 6th (women)

2013-14 CIS Standings Finish: 12th (men) and 5th (women)

2013-14 Canada West Standings Finish: 4th (men) and 3rd (women)

Last CIS Title: 2005 (both men and women)

Last CW Title: 2013 (men) and 2012 (women)

Key returnees: Lauren Taylor, Cole Digel, Jared Olson, Olena Olenick, Astrid Nyame
Key additions: Graham Black, Tia Barker, Tatjhanna Josuttes
Key departures: Michelle Young, Kenrick Hanna, Taryn Suttie, Amanda Banks

SASKATOON – With a mix of experience and youth, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie track & field squads are looking to make a splash in Winnipeg at the 2015 Canada West Track & Field Championship.

Returning to the Huskies squad is 2014 CIS pentathlon bronze medalist Lauren Taylor, 2013 Canada West pentathlon champion Cole Digel and Canada West 60-metres hurdles silver medalist Jared Olson. All three will look to be contenders once again for spots on the podium at the championship.

Also returning to the team looking for success at the conference championship is middle distance runner Elecktra Charles, pentathlete Astrid Nyame, pole vaulter Courtney Erickson and thrower Olena Olenick. Charles, an important cog in the U of S relay teams, has won four Canada West medals in her career. Erickson finished with a bronze in 2012-13, while Olenick and Nyame just missed the podium in 2014-15 finishing fourth in weight throw (Olenick) and long jump (Nyame). Nyame qualified for the CIS Championship pentathlon, long jump and hurdles.

An exciting crop of newcomers will balance out the Huskies’ roster. Former Huskie basketball player Graham Black will make his track & field debut in sprints. Black quickly jumped out of the gate meeting the CIS standard in the 300-metres in his first meet of the season. Sprinter Tia Baker, jumper Tatjhanna Josutees and penathlete Austin Edwards have also had strong rookie seasons.

Tough losses for the team include Canada West and CIS shot put record holder Taryn Suttie, 2014 CIS hurdles champion Michelle Young, 2014 CIS 60-metres silver medalist Kenrick Hanna and fifth-year athletes Amanda Banks and Nolan Machiskinic.
Trinity Western University Spartans

CIS Ranking: 8th (men) and 2nd (women)

2013-14 CIS Standings Finish: 11th (men) and 3rd (women)

2013-14 Canada West Standings Finish: 3rd (men) and 1st (women)

Last CIS Title: N/A (both men and women)

Last CW Title: N/A (men) and 2014 (women)

Key returnees: Nick Ayin, Joel De Schiffart, Nathan Dunford, Nathan George, Calum Innes, James Linde, Jamie Sinclair, Declan White, Fiona Benson, Sarah Inglis, Sabrina Nettey, Emma Nuttall, Hazel Ross, Regan Yee
Key additions: Andrew De Groot, Andrew De Visser, Claudette Allen, Madison Evans, Emma Li
Key departures: Chris Voth, Alison Jackson, Liza Whitehead

LANGLEY – The Trinity Western men’s track and field will be looking to make program history this weekend as the Spartans aim to capture their first ever conference title at the Canada West championships in Winnipeg.

After finishing third at last year’s conference meet, the Spartans come into this year’s competition ranked first in Canada West.

The Spartans will largely be led by the likes of middle distance runner Declan White, pole vaulter Nathan Dunford, sprinter Nathan George and sprint hurdler Calum Innes.

Dunford will have his sights set on a second straight Canada West gold in pole vault as he comes into the event ranked No. 1 in the conference. The Bellingham, Wash. product leads a strong Spartans vaulting contingent that includes last year’s silver medal winner Jamie Sinclair and bronze medal winner Jesse Phillips.

In the sprints, George will challenge for a spot on the podium in the both the 300m, which he won last year and is ranked second this year, and the 60m, which he is ranked fourth this year.

Meanwhile, Innes will be looking for a fourth consecutive gold medal in the 60m hurdles. Last year, he set the Canada West record with a winning time of 7.94. This year, he is ranked first in the conference with a season’s best time of 8.02.

White comes into the competition amongst the top three in Canada West in the 1000m, 1500m and 3000m. Having already achieved the CIS standard in the 3000m, White, who won the 3000m at last year’s Canada West competition, will focus his efforts on the 1000m and 1500m – both of which he is ranked third in the conference.

While the Spartans certainly have their share of individual stars, TWU’s relay teams will likely prove to be the Spartans strength. TWU is ranked first in the 4x200m and second in both the 4x400m and 4x800m.

With the women also ranked first overall in Canada West and no. 2 in the CIS, TWU is looking to be the first school in more than a decade to win both men’s and women’s Canada West crowns. The last school to win both the men’s and women’s Canada West championships was Saskatchewan, who pulled off the double four times in five years, from 2000 to 2004.

Last year, the Trinity Western women’s track and field team did something the program had never done before – win a Canada West championship. This year, the team will once again be looking to make history as it looks to repeat as conference champions for the first time ever.

While the graduation of middle distance runner Alison Jackson, who won gold in the 3000m last year, will no doubt be felt, the Spartans are largely the same group, with a few key additions, that won the title in 2014. Last year, the team won six gold medals, but, with seven athletes or relay teams currently atop the conference leaderboards, there is reason to believe this year’s team will bring even more to the table.

Sarah Inglis, who won the 1500m event last year, will be one of the key leaders for the Spartans as the Scottish middle distance runner is ranked first in Canada West in the 1000m, 1500m and 3000m.

Meanwhile, last year’s triple gold medallist and Outstanding Female Field Performer Sabrina Nettey returns, but this time she’ll have a partner in crime in Claudette Allen. The duo will both be in medal contention in the 60m, long jump and triple jump.

Along with Inglis, look for fellow Scots Emma Nuttall and Hazel Ross to continue to be Spartans strongholds. Nuttall, who is the two-time Canada West champion in high jump and the conference record holder at 1.85m, is in fine form after clearing a CIS-leading 1.82m in her only meet of the season. Ross, who won silver in the 60m hurdles and bronze in long jump last year, will once again challenge for a medal in both events.

In the relays, the Spartans have also proven to be amongst the favourites going into the competition as they are ranked first in the 4x800m and 4x400m and fifth in the 4x200m.

The Spartans come into this weekend having won back-to-back Canada West titles in women’s cross country as well as last year’s Canada West championship in women’s track and field. With a second straight track and field championship, the Spartans would complete a rare athletic quadruple as TWU would hold the last two titles in both cross country and track and field.
University of Victoria Vikes

CIS Ranking: 7th (men) and N/A (women)

2013-14 CIS Standings Finish: 5th (men) and tied for 6th (women)

2013-14 Canada West Standings Finish: 2nd (men) and 4th (women)

Last CIS Title: N/A (both men and women)

Last CW Title: N/A (both men and women)

Key returnees: Jackson Bocksnick, Adam Gaudes, Cole Peterson, Brendon Restall, Thomas Riva, Trevor Schiavone, Cody Therrien, Rachel Francois, Shauna McInnis, Kendra Pomfret, Nicole Soderberg
Key additions: Derrick Evans, Matt Noseworthy, Isaac Penner, Nick Taylor, Ben Weir, Caroline Harrell, Chloe Hegland, Gemma Moran
Key departures: Kyle Irvine

VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes track teams are set for the Canada West championship this weekend in Winnipeg, Man. With 23 men’s and women’s athletes set to compete the Vikes will look to make a strong appearance following their 2014 campaign that included 15 medals at the conference championship including a gold-medal sweep in the men’s and women’s 4×800-m and 4×400-m relays.

The Vikes women are led by the fourth-year Rachel Francois, who is the three-time reigning CIS champion in the 600-m event. However, Francois was bested at the conference level by Calgary’s Jenna Westaway despite setting a new UVic school record in 1:29.38. Francois and teammates Grace Annear, Nicole Soderberg and Shauna McInnis enter this weekend as 2014 CIS First Team All-Canadians.

The Vikes men are led by fifth year Thomas Riva who was last year’s Canada West Athlete of the Year after earning gold in the 1500-m, silver in the 1000-m and helping the Vikes win both relay events. Riva and third-year Vike Brendon Restall enter this weekend as 2014 CIS First Team All-Canadians, while returnees Tyler Smith and Olivier Collin were second team All-Canadians last season.

In the 600-m, the Vikes will look to capture first-place finishes on both the men and women’s events. Second-year Smith is top-ranked in the conference and will likely be followed closely by second-year UBC transfer and now Vike Adam Paul-Morris. Smith achieved a personal best of 1:49.12 in the 800-m at the Husky Classic breaking fellow teammate Riva’s school record. First-year Nick Taylor and third year Restall will also race the 600-m. The pair are ranked fourth and fifth in the conference, respectively.

Fourth-year Francois is also first in the conference on the women’s side and will look to capture the 600-m title after placing second last year. At the Husky Classic, she beat the school record in the 800-m, which was previous set by her, clocking in at 2:05.53. She has captured CIS gold in 600-m for three consecutive years.

Last year’s male Outstanding Performer of the Year, Riva is ranked first in the men’s 1000-m and 1500-m, both events which he medaled in last year. Riva will have the strong company of third-year Peterson, who is second in both events.

An important event on the women’s side will be the 1000-m. Francois has already met CIS qualification and leads the Vikes pack of Soderberg and McInnis in the rankings. The trio are ranked second, third, and fourth in the conference, respectively. Fourth-year Soderbreg posted a personal best of 2:49.31 in the 1000-m at the Husky Classic.

In her final year of her university career, Pomfret will compete in the 1500-m. She has already achieved CIS qualification and is ranked third in the conference. At the UW Invitational, she set a new personal best in the mile-run to break the school record, clocking in at a time of 4:44.44. Pomfret returns after sitting out last season due to injury. The fifth-year captain is no stranger to the podium winning gold in the 4×800-m and bronze in the 4×400-m at the 2013 CIS Championship and winning bronze in the 1000-m at the 2013 Canada West Championship.

Also aiming to reach the podium is fourth-year McInnis who will race in the 1000-m and 1500-m, both events that she is ranked fourth in the conference. She reached a personal best in the mile run, timing in at 4:46.96 at the Husky Classic. She has already achieved the CIS standard for the 1500-m.

In the relays, the men aim to defend the 4×400-m relay, which they are ranked first in the conference standings. They have also already reach CIS qualification for both relay events.

The Vikes boast a strong track team and without competing in field events are unlikely to hoist a conference banner but with goals of defending their titles in a range of track events, this weekend is sure to be a success. The Vikes will compete this weekend with the hopes of several Vikes hitting personal bests, qualifying for CIS nationals and getting on the podium.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (all times in CST):

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27

2:00pm
M
Long Jump
FINAL
2:00pm
W
60m Hurdles Pentathlon

2:10pm
W
60m Hurdles
Heats
2:25pm
M
60m Hurdles Pentathlon

2:35pm
M
60m Hurdles
Heats
3:15pm
W
1000m
TIMED FINALS
3:30pm
M
1000m
TIMED FINALS
3:30pm
W
High Jump Pentathlon

3:30pm
M
Weight Throw
FINAL
3:50pm
W
300m
Heats
4:00pm
M
Long Jump Pentathlon

4:10pm
M
300m
Heats
4:30pm
W
3000m
FINAL
4:45pm
W
Shot Put Pentathlon

4:45pm
M
3000m
FINAL
AWARDS
Long Jump (M) / 1000m (W & M) / Weight Throw (M)
5:15pm
M
Shot Put Pentathlon

5:45pm
W
Long Jump Pentathlon

6:00pm
W
60m Hurdle
FINAL
6:10pm
M
60m Hurdle
FINAL
6:20pm
W
Pole Vault
FINAL
6:40pm
W
300m
FINAL
6:45pm
M
300m
FINAL
7:00pm
M
High Jump Pentathlon

7:00pm
W
Shot Put
FINAL
7:15pm
W
Long Jump
FINAL
7:15pm
W
800m Pentathlon

Daily Ceremony
8:00pm
M
1000m Pentathlon

8:15pm
W
4 x 800m Relay
FINAL
8:30pm
M
4 x 800m Relay
FINAL
FINAL AWARDS
60m Hurdles (W & M) / 300m (W & M) / 3000m (W & M)
Pentathlon (W & M) / Pole Vault (W) / Shot Put (W) / Long Jump (W) /
4 x 800m (W & M)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28

12:00pm
W
60m
Heats
12:15pm
M
Triple Jump
FINAL
12:20pm
M
60m
Heats
12:50pm
W
600m
TIMED FINALS
1:00pm
M
Pole Vault
FINAL
1:10pm
M
600m
TIMED FINALS
1:30pm
W
60m
FINAL
1:35pm
M
60m
FINAL
2:05pm
W
High Jump
FINAL
2:15pm
W
Weight Toss
FINAL
2:15pm
W
Triple Jump
FINAL
AWARDS
60m (W & M) / 600m (W & M) / Triple Jump (M)
2:45pm
W
4 x 200m Relay
FINAL
3:00pm
M
4 x 200m Relay
FINAL
3:10pm

Elementary Relays

3:25pm
W
1500m
TIMED FINALS
3:30pm
M
Shot Put
FINAL
3:30pm
M
High Jump
FINAL
3:40pm
M
1500m
TIMED FINALS

AWARDS
4 x 200m (W & M) / Pole Vault (M) / High Jump (W) / Weight Throw (W) /
Triple Jump (W)
4:10pm
W
4 x 400m Relay
FINAL
4:20pm
M
4 x 400m Relay
FINAL
AWARDS
1500m (W & M) / 4 x 400m (W & M) / Shot Put (M) / High Jump (M)

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