SASKATOON – At the conclusion of Day One of the 2016 Canada West Track & Field Championships the host University of Saskatchewan Huskies sit atop the men’s team standings, while the University of Alberta Pandas hold a big lead in the women’s team standings.
The Huskies posted 31 points in seven scored events on Friday and hold a seven-point lead over the second place Calgary Dinos. The Victoria Vikes come in third with 23 points trailed closely by the Lethbridge Pronghorns and Regina Cougars with 22 and 21 points respectively.
Saskatchewan was led by a pair of first place finishes on Friday, as Erik Widing took a dramatic 3000m race, while Jared Olson claimed top spot in the 60 metre hurdles.
Regina won the most gold medals on Day One with a trio of Cougars topping the podium. Kahlen Branning was crowned the 300m champion. Teammates Greg Hetterley (1000m) and Ahmed Alkabary (long jump) joined Branning atop the podium on Friday.
Manitoba’s Eric Guy (pentathlon) and Lethbridge’s Peter Millman (weight throw) won the other gold medals on the day. Victoria took first in the 4 x 800m relay.
On the women’s side, Alberta built up a comfortable cushion with 65 points through nine scored events. The hometown Huskies came in second with 37 points. Right behind the Huskies are the Trinity Western Spartans with 36 and the Calgary Dinos with 35.
Alberta worked their lead in the standings courtesy three gold medal finishes. Ashley Whiteman (300m), Paige Ridout (pole vault) and Jennifer Weber (shot put) all stood on top of the podium for the Pandas.
Calgary’s Jenna Westaway laid down a record-breaking performance Friday afternoon in the 1000m. The two-time Canada West track performer of the year finished in a time 2:43.46 coming in 11 hundredths under the previous record of 2:44.55. Katelyn Lehner was the other Dino gold medal winner in the pentathlon.
Lethbridge’s Sandy Latrace (long jump), Trinity Western’s Mirelle Martens (3000m) and Saskatchewan’s Astrid Nyame (60m hurdles) also earned gold medals on Friday, while Victoria took its lone gold in the 4 x 800m relay.