Braden Konschuh, Regina Cougars Sports Information
REGINA, Sask. – The University of Alberta Pandas lead the women's standings and the Victoria Vikes have the upper hand on the men's side after Day 1 of the Canada West Track & Field Championships on Friday at the Regina Fieldhouse.
With 62 points, the Pandas will head into the final day of competition with lead of 15½ on second-place Calgary. Alberta did the most damage in the pole vault on Day 1, scoring a total of 14 points in that event including gold for Paige Ridout and silver for Meghan Lim. The Pandas also enjoyed a one-two finish in the 300-metre dash, including Carline Muir securing a gold medal in a championship-record time of 37.79 seconds. Ashley Whiteman added a silver for the Pandas in the 300, while their 4x800 relay team scored 10 points with a first-place finish and Jessica Shannon added eight points with a second in the pentathlon.
Calgary's Niki Oudenaarden was the top-scoring individual on Day 1, accounting for 20 of Calgary's 46½ points. Oudenaarden won gold in the pentathlon and took silver medals in both the shot put and the long jump.
Other women's gold medals on Day 1 were won by Regina's Joy Becker (long jump), Manitoba's Brooke-Lynn Boyd (shot put), Calgary's Melissa Jones (3000-metre run), Saskatchewan's Astrid Nyame (60-metre hurdles), and Trinity Western's Regan Yee (1000-metre run).
On the men's side, Victoria leads with 32 team points but Alberta (25) and Regina (24) are both close behind.
Historically a powerhouse at the longer distances, Friday was no different for the Vikes. They scored 10 team points with a win in the 4x800 and totalled 14 points in the 1000, which saw Thomas Oxland win gold and Cole Peterson take silver. Victoria also hit the podium in the 3000, as Chet Goerzen was just edged out by Alberta's Royden Radowits and finished with silver.
Kieran McDonald joined Radowitz on the 3000-metre run podium with a bronze, while Alberta also got a silver from Austin Cole in the 300. The Cougars, who will head into Day 2 just a single point behind the Golden Bears for second place, had Kahlen Branning repeat as the Canada West champion in the 300 and also got a silver from Ben Rumpel in the long jump and a bronze from Alex Eiswerth in the 1000.
Other men's gold medals on Day 1 included Calgary's Alexander Gall in the 60-metre hurdles, Lethbridge's Peter Millman in the weight throw, and Trinity Western's James Linde in the long jump. Linde added a fifth-place showing in the 300-metre dash to finish as the top scorer on the men's side with nine team points for the Spartans.
Day 2 is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Regina Fieldhouse and can also be seen on Canada West TV.
Women's Team Standings
Trinity Western 32
Men's Team Standings
Trinity Western 19