Women's cross country team picks up gold
This weekend, the Dinos cross country team had a stellar performance at the Eastern Washington University Invitational in Cheney, Washington. This was the second time the Dinos have competed at the EWU meet, and the second time the Dinos women's team kicked some serious American ass. The Dinos earned first place overall in the five kilometer race.
Competitors included Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University and the University of Idaho. Dinos Heather Sim and Lindsay Winter finished second and third overall with times of 18:52 and 18:54, respectively.
On the men's side, strong performances abounded and the team placed third overall. Veteran runner Geoff Kerr earned first place in the eight kilometer race, clocking in at 24:52, a full 13 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
This was the second competition in as many weeks for the Dinos cross country team. At the season opener hosted by the University of Saskatoon, both the women's and men's teams raced their way through wet weather conditions to achieve first place among the prairie-provinces.
The next meet will be on home turf at the Stewart Cup race at Canmore Park (19th St. NW and Chicoutimi Dr) at noon on Sat., Oct. 28.
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A sixth straight loss
The University of Calgary Dinos football team lost a sixth straight game Sat., Oct. 14, by a score of 33-10 in Edmonton against the hated University of Alberta Golden Bears. The loss puts the Dinos at an unappealing record of 0-6 on the year. The Dinos have now lost four consecutive games against the Golden Bears, dating back to 2004.
The Dinos trailed 19-0 after the half, but after a scoreless third quarter the Dinos exploded (by this year's standard) for ten points in four minutes in the fourth. Anthony Woodson opened the scoring for the Dinos at 2:40 on a seven-yard carry, his second touchdown of the year. Aaron Ifield kicked his twelfth field goal of the year, a 34-yard strike at 6:30 of the fourth quarter. He's currently leading Canada West in field goals.
The Dinos' comeback was silenced shortly thereafter by Bear Kendall Jeske on a monstrous 59-yard run at 9:22 of the fourth. The Bears would continue to rub salt in the wounds of the Dinos, adding a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining in the game.
The Dinos will try for their first win of the season Sun., Oct. 22 against the 3-2 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds at McMahon Stadium. If the Dinos are to have any chance of winning, shutting down senior running back Chris Ciezki will be key. Ciezki is currently averaging 126.8 yards per game on the ground. He has eight touchdowns on the year, double the number of touchdowns the Dinos have scored all season.
Dinos Days, Oct. 15-20, is a combined effort of the Dinos and the Students' Union to help promote the students who compose the Dinos athletics teams. With so many crucial games coming up--the men's and women's soccer teams are pushing towards the playoffs, the football team is looking for a win in its last two home games and the hockey season is just kicking off--it's important for the Dinos to have student support.
"The students get to compete and interact with Dinos players," said SU vice-president events Eric Jablonski. "With so many big games this weekend, it's clutch time to promote to students. The Dinos also get to chill out this week and play some games with the students."
So far there have been competitions of football, basketball, hockey and miniature golf. Students have had a chance to compete against Dinos players in various areas of the MacEwan Student Centre during the lunch hour.
"It's been positive," said Jablonski. "[Students have] been taking game schedules, and they get a chance to meet the teams of student athletes who are trying to promote themselves. We've been spreading out the events across the building to impact as many students as possible."
Dinos Days wraps up Thur., Oct. 19 and Fri., Oct. 20 in MSC. A soccer game will be played near the Tim Horton's and the week finishes off with an intense combative jousting competition in an inflatable arena in the north courtyard. Events are at noon.
This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the Dino Cup, the annual pre-season volleyball tournament. This year will feature some stiff competition for the volleyballsaurs, with the women facing off against the University of Manitoba, the University of Alberta and Trinity Western University. The men face Stanford University, Lewis University and Canada West rival University of Saskatchewan.
The event runs Oct. 19-21 at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium. Tournament passes are $10 and single game tickets are $5 for students.