Manitoba pulls five podium finishes from track and field nationals

Bison Oyinko Akinola won silver in the men's high jump at U SPORTS nationals in Windsor, Ont.Bison Oyinko Akinola won silver in the men's high jump at U SPORTS nationals in Windsor, Ont.

The University of Manitoba Bison track and field teams were in Windsor, Ont., for the U SPORTS Track and Field Championships this weekend.

Manitoba collected five medals on the weekend: two silver and three bronze, as well as some near misses.

The Unviersity of Guelph Gryphons won both the men’s and women’s national title, with the men earning 122.5 points and the women earning 123. The Bison men finished tied for 6th with 43 points, while the women finished in 10th with 27 points.

On Thursday, Tegan Turner captured silver in the women’s 60m run with a time of 7.46 seconds. In the men’s 60m run Marcel Dufault placed third with a time of 6.88  seconds.

Oyinko Akinola leapt 2.13 metres for a silver medal in the men’s high jump on day two. He also placed eighth in the men’s long jump with his best jump coming in at 6.84 metres. Brooke-Lynn Boyd missed out on the podium by 16 centimetres, finishing in fifth place finish in women’s shotput with a throw of 13.57 metres.

The Bison men’s 4×200 metre relay team were 17 milliseconds from the podium on day three, finishing in fourth place with a time of 1:28.82. Manitoba’s 4×400 relay team – Luc Deleau, Tristan Allen, Miguel Morrison, and Simon Berube – however, claimed bronze with a time of 3:19.03.

Gee-ef Nkwonta jumped to a bronze medal in the men’s triple jump with a 14.68 metre leap. His teammates Akinola finished in 7th (14.26m) and Jamie Dumaran in 10th (13.67m).