Over 110 top-level runners will descend upon Victoria Park this weekend when the University of Saskatchewan Huskie cross country team hosts the annual Sled Dog Open on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Competing against university squads from Alberta, Calgary, MacEwan, Manitoba and Regina as well as a handful of non-U SPORTS eligible individuals, the Huskies will trot out nearly their entire roster this weekend.
All 12 of the athletes on the Huskie women’s roster will be competing, while four of the five Huskies on the men’s team will also run.
Both the men, beginning at 12:45 p.m. and women, setting off at noon, will race eight kilometres around the grass course that winds throughout the park located on the shore of the South Saskatchewan River.
The Calgary Dinos will be back to defend their titles, after they won both men’s and women’s team categories at the Sled Dog Open one year ago.
The individual champions on both sides of the draw will also return to Victoria Park, with Courtney Hufsmith of the Huskies looking to build off of her strong start to the 2018 season and defend her title joined by reigning men’s champions Russell Pennock of the Dinos.
The Huskies, in partnership with Saskatchewan Aboriginal Track and Field, will don orange singlets for Orange Shirt Day which takes place a day later on September 30. A legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, B.C. in 2013, Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, communities and schools to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope.
HUSKIE WOMEN’S ROSTER
U SPORTS TEAM RANKINGS
Calgary Dinos – 8th
Alberta Pandas – 9th
Saskatchewan Huskies – 16th
Regina Cougars – 21st
Calgary Dinos – 4th
Regina Cougars – 13th
Alberta Golden Bears – 15th
Saskatchewan Huskies – 17th