Canada West Track & Field Award Winners Announced

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Jenna Westaway University of Calgary

Jenna Westaway, University of Calgary

The Canada West track and field awards were handed out Saturday night in Saskatoon, following Day 2 of the conference championships.

Highlighting the award winners are field performer of the year Peter Millman (University of Lethbridge) and track performer of the year Jenna Westaway (University of Calgary).

Millman took gold in both the men’s shot put and weight throw to earn a third consecutive field performer of the year award.

Westaway earns the women’s track performer of the year award for the third time in four years, after previously winning the award in both 2013 and 2014. The Calgary native won gold in both the 600m and 1000m, breaking the conference record in the 1000m with a new time of 2:43.46.

Field Performer of the Year

Male:

Peter Millman, University of Lethbridge Pronghorns

Double gold medal winner Peter Millman was named the field performer of the year, after winning gold in the weight throw by over two meters and the shot put by nearly 1.5 metres. Millman is ranked 1st in the CIS in shot put and 4th in the weight throw.

Female:

Sandra Latrace, University of Lethbridge Pronghorns

Latrace’s gold in the long jump with a leap of 6.10m and silver in the triple jump with a mark of 11.65 earned her female field performer of the year honours. Latrace is ranked first in the CIS in long jump and fifth in the triple jump.

 

Track Performer of the Year

Male:

Kahlen Branning, University of Regina Cougars

Branning finished his conference season with a pair of medals in Saskatoon, winning conference gold in the 300m and silver in the 60m. Branning is currently ranked second in the nation in the 60m and fifth in the 300m. The two-sport athlete, who also plays cornerback for the Rams football team, notched his third medal with a bronze in the 4x200m relay.

Female:

Jenna Westaway, University of Calgary

Jenna Westaway’s Canada West record setting gold medal in the 1000m (2:43.46) and gold in the 600m earned her another female track performer fo the year award. The Calgary product is ranked 1st in the 1000m and 2nd in the 600m in the CIS.

 

Track Performance of the Meet

Male:

Nathan Filipek, University of Alberta Golden Bears – Men’s Pole Vault

Filipek was given the nod for the performance of the meet on the men’s side after vaulting 5.16 meters in the pole vault competition to take gold, while setting a new school record. Filipek is ranked 2nd in the CIS heading to nationals.

Female:

Jenna Westaway, University of Calgary – 1000m

Westaway was also given the nod for the top female performance of the meet with her new Canada West record in the 1000m, which came in 11 hundredths under the previous record of 2:44.55.

Student-athlete community award

Male:

Jared Olson, University of Saskatchewan Huskies

Fifth-year Huskie Jared Olson has been heavily involved in community events in Saskatoon. Olson has been an organizer and board member for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, a member of the Edwards School of Business Entrepreneurship Scholarship Committee, a youth volunteer coach, and is a member of the Saskatoon Track & Field Club Board of Directors.

Athletically Jared is currently ranked third in the CIS and first in the Canada West for hurdles. He was the gold medalist in the 60 metre hurdles this weekend and was a member of the gold medal winning 4x200m relay team.

Female:

Alexa Hrycun, University of Alberta Pandas

Fourth-year Panda Alexa Hrycun has excelled with a 3.9 GPA during her Bachelor of Science degree. The three-time CIS Academic All-Canadian gives her time to help the student population at the UofA as an advocate for mental health. She has maintained a role in the outreach for campus wide awareness on the issue, as part of the Peer Support Centre. She has spent hours in the PSC volunteering for one-on-one support. Alexa is ranked No. 1 in Canada West and CIS in the 60m hurdles and is a member of the No. 1-ranked 4x200m relay team.

Rookie of the year

Female:

Sandra Latrace, University of Lethbridge Pronghorns

Latrace picked up a pair of medals in her first Canada West Championship, earning gold in the long jump with a leap of 6.10m and a silver medal in the triple jump with a mark of 11.65. Latrace is ranked first in CIS in long jump and fifth triple jump.

Male:

Brendan Calef, University of Alberta Golden Bears

Calef finished third in a very tight 600m race at the conference championships. He is currently ranked 7th in the CIS in that event. While the Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta product didn’t run in the 4 x 800m this weekend, he will be a member of the Bears relay team at CIS.

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