SASKATOON, SK – University of Saskatchewan Huskie Erik Widing captured a Canada West bronze medal at the Canada West & CIS Championships in Guelph, Ont. on Saturday.
Widing finished the men’s 10-km run in a time of 33:33.6 to secure a spot on the Canada West podium and be named a Canada West First Team All-Star. The first-year runner came in sixth spot overall in the CIS to earn CIS First Team All-Canadian status. The third place conference result is the best finish by a Huskie male athlete since Jamie Epp’s gold medal in 2002.
On the women’s side Brooke Mentanko was the top Huskie finishing in the Canada West top 20 with an 18th place finish. Mentanko posted her best result of the season in the 6-km event finishing in a time of 22:30.4 to finish 50th overall in the CIS. Kyra Ives, in her first Canada West & CIS Championship event came in 41st in the conference and 124th overall with a time of 24:07.0.
Reid Balezantis and Taryn Heidecker finished 38th and 40th respectively in the Canada West. Balezantis crossed the finish line in a time of 34:49 to finish 131st overall in the CIS. Heidecker finished just behind his teammate in the conference with a time of 35:19.6 to place 136th in the CIS.
A total of 167 athletes form 27 schools competed Saturday at Guelph’s Arboretum.
Hosts, the University of Guelph Gryphons were crowned CIS champions for the 11th straight season in the women’s event. In the men’s team event, the Victoria Vikes finished first overall to capture their fifth title in team history. The Huskies did not enter a team in either side. The Vikes victory snapped the host Gryphons bid for a tenth straight title sweep at the CIS event.