By Woodard, Dale on February 25, 2020.
Sandra Latrace repeated with one Canada West title, but couldn’t manage a repeat in the other.
The fourth-year jumper/sprinter for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns track and field team won her fourth consecutive gold medal in the long jump with a leap of 5.97 metres, but placed third in the 60-metre race to relinquish that title.
Still, it was enough for two of five medals for the Pronghorns as they headed to the Canada West Championship last weekend in Saskatoon.
In women’s throws Madeline Szabo and Caitlyn Bailes took two of three podium positions. Szabo took home a silver medal with a toss of 15.39 metres, while Bailes finished in the bronze medal position with a throw of 15.29 metres.
On the men’s side, Horns third-year thrower Andreas Troschke won his first Canada West medal winning the gold medal in the weight throw with a furthest toss of 17.47 metres.
“We had a great weekend despite some shortfalls in performance by a couple of athletes who struggled a bit and some opportunities where things just didn’t go our way,” said Pronghorn head coach Larry Steinke in a release. “We knew Sandy may have a tough time of things having had the flu previously in the week but she powered through. Clayton Wong struggled with injury and wasn’t able to capitalize while Ben Ingvaldson started out slowly and was on his way back but just ran out of throws. On the positive side the team had strong performances especially on the women’s side and our athletes will comprise a third of the field in the men’s weight throw at nationals.”
Pronghorns distance runner Sophia Nowicki narrowly missed a second career medal in the 3,000m race, placing fifth. Naomi Klassen finished ninth in the shot put.
Braydon Klippenstein finished just off the podium in fourth with a throw of 16.37 metres. Ben Ingvaldson was fifth (16.05m), Xavier Crosby finished eighth (15.37m), Spencer Unrau was 11th (14.97m) and Parker Allen placed 12th (13.77m).
Ingvaldson nearly medalled in the shot put, placing fourth with a toss of 15.81 metres. Greg McCarthy placed seventh with a throw of 14.39 metres.
Clayton Wong was sixth in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump, while Landon Jessup was seventh in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump.
The Pronghorns currently have seven athletes qualified for the U SPORTS Championships hosted by the University of Alberta March 5-7.