By Woodard, Dale on January 21, 2020.
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns track and field team started the indoor season with five podium performances.
The Pronghorns were in Edmonton for the Golden Bear Open Friday and Saturday, turning in some solid early-season results.
For the men, the Pronghorn throwers led the way with three podium finishes and placed five athletes in the top-seven of the weight throw.
Two-time U SPORTS medallist Andreas Troschke took home top spot in the weight throw with his longest throw of 17.95 metres, while Spencer Unrau placed second with a toss of 15.98 metres.
Xavier Crosby (15.39m) was fifth, Braydon Klippenstein (15.36m) sixth and Ben Ingvaldson (15.23) was seventh.
In the shot put, Ingvaldson placed second with a season opening throw of 16.06 metres. Greg McCarthy (14.23m) took seventh and Crosby had a second top-10 finish with a 10th-place finish.
Jumpers Clayton Wong and Jake Jessup both had top-10 finishes. Wong finished just off the podium in the triple jump, placing fourth with a leap of 13.75 metres and was ninth in the long jump.
Jessup, in his Horns debut, finished just behind Wong in the triple jump in fifth with a jump of 13.08 metres.
On the women’s side, reigning double U SPORTS gold medalist Sandra Latrace opened the season on a strong note with top spot in the long jump with a jump of 6.19 metres. She also won both of her preliminary and semifinal races in the 60 metres, qualifying first but was scratched from the final for precautionary reasons.
Thrower Caitlin Bailes finished third in the weight throw with a new personal best throw of 14.70 metres. Madeline Szabo finished sixth in the event as well with a throw of 13.96 metres, while first-year thrower Naomi Klassen (13.69m) finished eighth.
Klassen was also ninth in the shot put with a throw of 10.70 metres.
On the triple jump, Laura Klinck just missed the podium with a fourth place finish with a jump of 11.44 metres and Sophia Nowicki rounded out the Pronghorns top-10 finishes, placing fifth in the 1500 metre.
The Pronghorns travel to Winnipeg for the Bison Classic January 31st and February 1st. The Canada West Championships will be hosted in Saskatoon Feb. 21-22.