By Woodard, Dale on February 4, 2020.
The throwers dominated for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns track and field team last weekend.
In Winnipeg for the Jim Daly Bison Classic, the Horns put up eight podium finishes Friday and Saturday led by six podium finishes by the throwers.
The men’s team claimed five of six podium positions and took home the top-six placings in the weight throw.
Two-time U SPORTS medallist Andreas Troschke took top spot in the weight throw with a toss of 16.71 metres, while Ben Ingvaldson was second with a throw of 15.88 metres. Xavier Crosby finished third.
Ingvaldson won gold in the shot put with a throw of 16.08 metres and teammate Greg McCarthy was second with a distance of 13.85 metres.
Clayton Wong also picked up a podium finish with a third-place finish in the triple jump. He also moved up to fifth in the U SPORTS ranking with a leap of 14.01 metres.
The Pronghorns women’s throwers swept the podium in the weight throw as well.
Madeline Szabo took top spot with a throw of 15.02 metres. Caitlin Bailes was second (14.69m) and Naomi Klassen finished third (14.51m).
Klassen just missed a second podium appearance, finishing fourth in the shot put event.
Making her debut in the 3,000 metre race, Sophia Nowicki ran to victory with a time of 10:24.83, but didn’t crack the U SPORTS top-12 rankings with her season opening time.
Jumper Laura Klinck narrowly missed the podium with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 11.22 metres. She also remains just outside the U SPORTS top 12.
The Pronghorns will compete in their final tune-up before the Canada West Championships this weekend as they head to Edmonton to compete in the Panda Open.
The Canada West Championships is Feb. 21-22 in Saskatoon, hosted by the University of Saskatchewan.