Bring on the fire engines and hose 'em down. The Dinos track and field team is burning up Canada West competition without remorse.
Calgary travelled all the way to sunny Saskatoon last weekend to participate in the Sled Dog Open--a rather weak meet for all but the pentathletes.
The team was hoping to qualify a couple of athletes in that event and they did just that when Rob English came in sixth and made Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union standard. Samantha Anderson earned the gold medal and also made standard.
English and Anderson join runner Darren Clarke and hurdler Jessica King--both already qualified for nationals. Mike MacDonald is also ready to go in the weight throw but narrowly missed qualifying in his second event, the shot put. Most importantly, CIAU pentathlon record-holder Trevor Phillips has yet to run a race this season and he will surely qualify when he gets around to it.
Other Dinos also had strong performances. Melissa Van Hal crossed the finish line fifth in women's pentathlon and teammate Candice Laverty was right behind.
The Dinos now look forward to a week of training and then a trip north to Edmonton. They hope to qualify even more athletes at the High Performance Meet and to prepare for the trials of Canada West and nationals.