• Friday, February 9, 2018
  • 10:00 AM
  • Edmonton, Alberta - Pavilion

Handful on new records set for UAlbetra T&F at Pandas Open

Four new Golden Bears Track & Field records set this past weekend

By Connor Hood on February 12, 2018

Four new University of Alberta records were set this past weekend, three of which at the Pandas Open in Edmonton, while a pair of other individual bests were set in a stellar weekend for the UAlberta Track and Field teams. 

High jumper Wesley Calef, sprinter Austin Cole, pole vaulter Spencer Allen, and long-distance runner Kieran McDonald all broke the Golden Bears program records in their respective disciplines this past weekend. Calef, Cole and Allen set new records at the Third Annual Pandas Open at the University of Alberta's Universiade Pavilion, while McDonald's record came at the University of Washington's Husky Classic. 

Calef, a first-year Bear, bested his own record in the high jump, which he set the weekend prior in Manitoba. His new jump of 2.15 meters broke his old mark of 2.11, and is the second-highest jump in Canada this season. 

Like Calef, Allen also broke his own record in the men's pole vault, which he also set last weekend at the Manitoba Bison classic. The veteran Bear broke the record with a jump of 5.20 meters last weekend, only to shatter it with a jump of 5.27 on Saturday. Allen's mark of 5.27 is also far and away the best in Canada this season, with the second best jump going to Bears teammate Nathan Filipk (5.10M). 

The final record set came in the men's 300m dash, as Cole. the reigning University of Alberta Male Rookie of the Year, broke his own record which he set in last years U SPORTS Championship on the same track. Cole's new time of 32.94 narrowly beat his old record of 33.64, and is also the fastest time in Canada this season. 

For the second time this season, McDonald was able to set a new record in the men's 3000m race, doing so on the same track in Washington as his previous record. His time of 8:12.72 improved on his previous record of 8:16.90, which he set in January. 

On the women's side, Bailey Sallis set twp new personal bests in the 600m (1:33.32) and 1000m (2:56.73), while Cassandra Grenke did the same in the 60m hurdles (8:54).


The Pandas as a team finished second at the Pandas Open with 75 points, while the Golden Bears captured first in the men's tournament with 80 points.