Bears and Pandas
SASKATOON, SK - The University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas Cross-Country teams opened their varsity seasons on a strong note, as both programs captured the Sled Dog Open in Saskatoon on Saturday afternoon.
The Bears literally ran away with the men's title, finishing 42 points clear of the second place Regina Cougars. The Pandas win was much narrower, as they topped the host Saskatchewan Huskies by just nine points.
The Alberta men were led by Royden Radowits (26:18) and Matthew Hope (26:20), who finished first and second in the individual race. Bears veteran Riley Stuermer also placed fourth with a time of 26:52. In total, six Bears placed inside the top 11 overall.
The Pandas also had strong individual performances, led by Jasmine Feddema's third place finish (32:33), while Kristen Hansen (7th), Olivia Cooper (8th), and Kaitlin Swartz (10th) also earning top-10 finishes.
The Golden Bears and Pandas will look for more hardware later in October, when they travel to Calgary for the 2019 Canada West Championship.
Women's Team Results
1: Alberta Pandas – 31 points
2: Saskatchewan Huskies – 40 points
3: UBC Okanagan Heat – 61 points
Men's Team Results
1: Alberta Golden Bears – 20 points
2: Regina Cougars – 62 points
3: Manitoba Bisons – 66 points
4: UBC Okagan Heat – 102 points
5: Saskatchewan Huskies – 111 points