SASKATOON, SK - The Golden Bears and Pandas Track and Field teams kicked off their 2020 varsity season in Saskatoon, in a weekend highlighted by a new program record, U SPORTS qualifiers, and fantastic individual performances.
The Bears and Pandas combined for 13 medals, 10 of which came from the Alberta women.
New Program Record
It didn't take long for the first school record to be broken, as fourth-year Panda Rachel Hyink set a new Pandas pole vault record. Hyink jumped to a height of 4.12 metres, breaking the previous record of 4.11 metres set by Paige Ridout in 2017.
Hyink captured the gold medal at the Sanderson Classic with her jump, beating fellow Panda Maya Asselin-Dubelic by over half a metre (0.66 cm).
Two of the 13 medals came from fourth-year Panda Cassandra Grenke. Grenke captured gold in the women's 60m hurdles, before earning a silver medal in the 60m dash.
Her time of 8.43 seconds in the 60m hurdles met U SPORTS standard, and was the top overall performance of the championship according to IAAF points. Grenke was also named the Female Athlete of the Meet Award.
Of the 13 podium places from Bears and Pandas athletes, four came from first-year student-athletes. Olivia Cooper earned a gold medal in the women's 600m dash, with fellow rookies Maya Asselin-Dubelic earning a silver in the women's pole vault, Autumn Cole placing second in the women's triple jump, and Sierra Leonard earning bronze in the women's pole vault.
The Golden Bears and Pandas will host the 48th Annual Golden Bear Open this weekend, with action beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon at the Universiade Pavilion.