SASKATOON - The 2018 Canada West Cross-Country season kicked off with the Annual Sled Dog Open in Saskatoon on Saturday, with the Alberta Pandas placing third in the Women's Division, while the Bears finished fourth.
WOMEN'S 8KM RESULTS
MEN'S 8KM RESULTS
The Calgary Dinos swept the competition, winning both the men and the women's 8 kilometer run. Calgary (23 points) was followed by the host Huskies (59), Alberta (68), Manitoba (114) and (117) MacEwan on the women's side. Rookie Panda Kaitlin Swartz finished as the highest ranked Alberta runner, finishing in a time of 31:24 minutes, good for 12th overall. Nicole Martyniuk-Pombert (15th), Jasmine Faddema (17th), Anushree Patel (19th) and Bella Gustin (20th) also placed inside the Top 20 for the Pandas.
In the men's division, the Dinos outclassed the rest of the conference, finishing well above second-place Manitoba. Regina earned a third-place finish, with the Bears following closely behind in 4th.Sophomore Bear Riley Stuermer finished 11th with a time of 25:49, while Eric Chan and Robert Chauvet placed 13th and 15th, respectively.
The Bears and Pandas season will continue in two weeks, as they head to Camrose for the Augustana Open.