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Swimming, track and field

Bisons swimming

Olympian and former Bison Kelsey Wog was the highlight of the Prairie Winter International — the last swimming event on the Bisons 2023 calendar.

At the meet, which mixes high school clubs and both current and former Bison athletes, Wog made her way into the national record books yet again with a time of 1:04.22 in the women’s 100-metre breaststroke.

The record had been held for 15 years by University of British Columbia Thunderbird Annamay Pierse, who had claimed the prior record in 2009 while wearing a tech suit that is now banned in the sport.


Bisons track and field

There were two track meets that wrapped up the 2023 leg of the Bisons track and field season.

The first was the George Tanner Memorial Classic, held Dec. 2, where eight Bisons won two events each in their respective age categories.

On the women’s side of the team, Signy McKim won the 60-metre dash and high jump, while Alainna Melnyk won the shot put and weight throw and Donnae Gordon won the 300-metre dash and long jump.

Lindsey Gundrum finished first in the 60-metre hurdles and tied for first with teammate Eniola Odeleye in high jump, who came in first in the 60-metre dash.

The men’s team saw Hayden Caraoa and Daxx Turner win their respective high and long jumps, and Sean Rowe won shot put and weight throw.

The second meet was the Athletics Manitoba Last Chance held Dec. 8 and 9, with many more impressive showings from the herd.

Odeleye won the women’s pentathlon and Misha Bruning-Haid won the men’s heptathlon.

Gordon, along with Zoe Nonato, won both the 60 and 200-metre dash events in their respective age categories. Sarah McChristie and Eniola Adepoju won the triple jump in their categories, and McChristie also won the long jump while Adepoju won the high jump. Graham Wright won the shot put and weight throw.

Finally, both Anna McConnell and Tyler Cox-Yestrau broke school records. McConnell broke her own record with a 14.96 metre shot put throw, and Cox-Yestrau’s time of 21.79 in the 200-metre dash broke a 37-year program record.