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Bison track student-athlete, Simon Berubé edges Guelph's Alexander Purnell to capture gold in the 4 x 800m. // Photo from Trevor Hagan, Bison Sports

Bison track and field boasts first national podium finish in more than 20 years

Women's hockey ready to repeat at U Sports National Championship

March 11, 2019 — 

It was a memorable weekend for the University of Manitoba track and field teams. Competing in the 2019 U SPORTS Track and Field Championships on their home surface at the James Daly Fieldhouse, both Bison men’s and women’s squads improved on last year’s finishes with the help of the home crowd. The Bisons were represented by 29 athletes finding the podium in six events with the women’s team recording a ninth place finish and the men’s capturing a national bronze medal.

“I did a bit of research and that’s the first time our men’s team has been on the podium since 1996,” head coach Claude Berube said after the meet. “It was the perfect storm this year and super exciting. Our women were also top ten which is great. On a scale from one to 10, this was an 11.”

By the end of day two, Bison athletes had collected two gold and two silver medals across three events. In men’s high jump, gold and silver were taken by Faculty of Arts student-athletes, Alhaji Mansaray and Oyinko Akinola respectively. Mansaray, the provincial record-holder jumped 2.15 metres to earn the gold medal.

Men's high jumper Oyinko Akinola.//Photo: Trevor Hagan, Bison Sports

Men’s high jumper Oyinko Akinola.//Photo: Trevor Hagan, Bison Sports

In women’s pole vault, second- year Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management student-athlete, Emily Blackner took the silver after clearing 3. 95 metres, both a personal and school best. 

“It feels incredible,” Blackner said. “To get another PB and break the school record feels awesome. I’m just going to back into training after this, work hard and progress.”

Friday evening’s highlight came on the feet of the top-ranked 4×800 metre men’s relay team. After an incredible come-from-behind anchor performance from fourth-year Arts student, Simon Berubé the team of Jack Taylor, Connor Boyd, Matthew Van Schepdael, and Berubé finished with a time of 7:37.29 and gave the fieldhouse an uproarious moment.

On the third and final day of the meet, the Bisons secured two more medals. Third-year Kinesiology and Recreation Management student, Miguel Morrison finished second in the men’s 600-metre, posting a 1:19.64 and nearly chasing down his competition in the final stretch of the three-lap race. A silver medal went to the Manitoba women’s 4×200-metre relay team, who won bronze with a time of 1:38.89. The team consisted of Tegan Turner, Tayo Babalola, Erin White, and Brianna Tynes.

For full results visit the U SPORTS Championship site.

Women’s hockey ready to repeat at U Sports National Championship

The University of Manitoba Bison women’s hockey team is headed to Charlottetown, PEI this week to defend their U SPORTS women’s hockey title. 

It was announced Sunday that the Herd’s efforts will take place as the tournament’s number 6 seed with their opening quarter-finals game against OUA champion Guelph Gryphons on Thursday, March 14 at 1 p.m. central time (CT).

The 2019 U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship, hosted by the UPEI Panthers in Charlottetown kicks off on Thursday at MacLauchlan Arena, and concludes next Sunday with the gold-medal final at 2 p.m. CT. All games will be live streamed at USPORTS.LIVE and all Bison games will be available through UMFM.

Bison goalie, Lauryn Tarashchuk.//Photo: Trevor Hagan, Bison Sports

Bison goalie, Lauryn Tarashchuk.//Photo: Trevor Hagan, Bison Sports

Championship Schedule

Thursday, Mar. 14 (Quarterfinals)

Guelph vs. UManitoba, 1 p.m. CT
Montreal vs. UPEI, 5 p.m. CT

Friday Mar. 15 (Quarterfinals)

Alberta vs. Toronto, 1 p.m. CT
St Thomas vs. McGill, 5 p.m. CT 

Full championship schedule available here.

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