Bisons Eye Podium at Weekend’s Track & Field Championships

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Bisons are looking to do better than their fifth place finish last season in this weekend’s 2015 Canada West Track and Field Championship.

Manitoba has home track advantage at the Max Bell Fieldhouse and will have 29 athletes competing against universities from Western Canada.

“I believe we have a realistic goal to finish Top 3 for the men’s team. We feel that we have a chance to medal in several events and if the team performs to their levels and reach their rankings during the weekend,” head coach Claude Berube said.

The Bisons aren’t ranked in the latest CIS Top 10, but the men’s team is tied for second in Canada West while the women’s squad is fourth in conference during the latest ranking prior to this weekend’s championship.

“We expect us to gain valuable experience and compete for a Top 5 team result. In addition, we want to qualify as many athletes on both squads to the 2015 CIS T&F Championship,” Berube added.

Key additions: Tegan Turner, Rachael McLeod (women); Connor Boyd, Evan Ratzlaff, Eric Guy (men)

Key returnees: Amy Graceffo, Sarah Huebert, Melissa Richards, Tamara Paetsch, Rebekah Sass (women); Wyatt Eyford, Matthew Fitkowsky, Alhaji Mansaray, Gee-ef Nkwonta (men)

Key departures: Amanda Gundrum (women); Cody Mages (men)

Competition runs today and Saturday on the U of M’s Fort Garry campus.

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