By Lethbridge Herald on March 5, 2020.
A six-athlete contingent will represent the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns at the U SPORTS Track and Field Championships.
Heading to Edmonton for the three-day event at the University of Alberta at the Universiade Pavilion are Andreas Troschke, Ben Ingvaldson, Brayden Klippenstein, Xavier Crosby, Madeline Szabo and Caitlyn Bailes.
However, the team’s roster took a hit when Sandra Latrace, the defending U SPORTS gold medallist in the long jump and 60-metre dash, was forced to withdraw from the meet due to an injury suffered in training last week.
She was ranked first in both events this season.
Throwers Troschke and Ingvaldson enter the meet as the highest-ranked Pronghorns competing in Edmonton.
Coming off his first Canada West gold medal, Troschke is ranked second in the weight throw with a season-best throw of 17.95 metres. The product of Olds has medalled at the previous two U SPORTS Championships, including a gold medal in the weight throw in 2018.
Ingvaldson, who will compete in his final U SPORTS Championship, enters ranked third in the shot put with a season best of 16.08 metres. He will also compete in the weight throw.
Klippenstein and Crosby, also in the weight throw, are ranked eighth and 10th respectively.
Szabo won her first Canada West medal this year with a silver in the weight throw and is 10th in the U SPORTS rankings. She threw a personal best of 15.43 metres earlier this season in Edmonton at the Panda Open.
Also winning a medal this year at the Canada West Championships, Bailes enters ranked 12th in the weight throw, throwing a personal best of 15.29 in Saskatoon at the conference meet to win bronze.
The women’s weight throw opens the meet this afternoon at 2 p.m.
The men’s weight throw is Friday at 12:30 p.m. Ingvaldson will compete in the shot put Saturday, starting at 2:45 pm.
Live results can be found at: http://www.ellistiming.ca/USports/