Track and Field

Following their meet at Saskatoon on Jan. 26–27, the feeling around the University of Calgary track team is a very positive one.

"The results were the best you can ask for at training meet," said Dinos Assistant Coach Michael Steen.

Samantha Anderson won the pentathlon and qualified for nationals in hurdles and high jump while the women’s team continued their climb in the national rankings. The women moved up a notch to second, and have a good shot at winning the Canada West championship.

On the men’s side of things, Trevor Philips did well-taking silver in the pentathlon. His performance also foreshadowed good things at nationals and Canada Wests. The men are currently eighth in the country. However, between now and nationals, the position of both teams could fluctuate.

"When one person does well, the whole team will move up a spot," said Steen. "So a lot can change."

The results of last weekend did put the team in a good place, and that has had a positive effect on the athletes. You can sense the excitement just being around the track.

"This meet was just to give the athletes a chance to compete in a combined events meet. It did, and the results were great," said Steen. "It set them up for Canada Wests and nationals, which was the point.

The team hosts the Dino Open Feb. 2–3. It will be a single event meet so some of the sprinters will go to Winnipeg to compete the same weekend. In two week’s time the University of Alberta will host their High Performance meet.


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