Track & Field Recap: Golden Bears Open

    Golden Bears and Pandas capture a combined 13 medals and add a new program record at home

    By Aly Andersen on January 21, 2020

    EDMONTON - The Golden Bears and Pandas Track and Field teams continued to set records and provide results as they hosted the Golden Bears Open, their second meet of the season.

    The Bears and Pandas combined for 13 medals, eight of which came from the Alberta women, and five were gold medals.


    New Program Record

    For the second time this season, in only the second meet of the year, the Pandas managed to break another record. Fourth-year Panda, Cassandra Grenke set a new Pandas 60 metre hurdles record. Grenke crossed the finish line in 8.38 seconds, breaking the previous record of 8.41 seconds set by Alexa Hrycun in 2016.

    Grenke captured the gold medal in front of a home crowd at the Golden Bears Open with her time, edging out fellow Panda Catharina Kluyts by less than three tenths of a second.

    Olivia Cooper

    First year Panda Olivia Cooper continued to shine in her rookie season, securing her second first place finish in the 600 metre run. The young Edmonton native secured her first place finish at the Sanderson Classic in Saskatoon with a time of 1:32.27, coming in with a time of 1:33.78 in Edmonton.

    Relay’s Shine

    Both the Bears and Pandas Relay teams captured a combined four medals over the weekend. The Bears finished third in both the 4x200 metre (1:30.69) and the 4x400 metre (3:23.27), while the women placed second in the 4x200 metre with a time of 1:41.38. The Pandas got their fourth gold medal as a team in the 4x800 metre race with a time of 9:04.33.