LETHBRIDGE, Alta. (from Lethbridge Pronghorns) – Two weeks away from the Canada West Championships, the Lethbridge Pronghorn track and field team will participate in their final tune-up event before the Championships this weekend, travelling to Edmonton to compete in the Golden Panda Open.
Thus far the Pronghorns have had some exceptional performances from veterans and rookies alike, including a 12 medal haul last weekend at the Bison Classic in Winnipeg.
On the men’s side, defending U Sports triple jump gold medalist Aaron Hernandez has continued his dominance in the event, winning both meets and enters this weekend as the top-ranked jumper in both the Canada West and U Sports.
Thrower Ben Ingvaldson moved into first place in the Canada West rankings in both the shot put and weight throw after winning both events last weekend in Winnipeg. He is also ranked second in U Sports in both events. Freshman Andreas Troschke sits second behind Ingvaldson in the weight throw.
Senior Phillip Rockerbie heads into the weekend ranked second in Canada West, and seventh in U Sports in the 60-metre hurdles and newcomer Noel Vanderzee is also ranked second in Canada West in the high jump.
For the women, jumper Sandra Latrace is the top-ranked Canada West athlete in the long jump and served notice that she will be a factor in the 60-metre dash this season as well. Latrace won the event in Winnipeg last weekend and is now ranked second in the conference.
Coming off a podium sweep of the weight throw, Tanessa Morris, Madeline Szabo and Lara Roth sit second, third and fourth respectively in the Canada West rankings.
Rounding out the women’s athletes of note, first-year jumper Laura Klinck is currently third in the Canada West rankings in the triple jump.
The Canada West Championships will be hosted by the University of Manitoba, February 23 and 24.