Cougars hit four U SPORTS standards, break two school records at Windsor Team Challenge

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: February 13, 2020 1:55 p.m.

U of R Track and Field Team, February 21-22
U of R Track and Field Team, February 21-22 Photo: U of R Cougars

University of Regina’s track and field teams hit four U SPORTS standards and broke a pair of school records at the Windsor Team Challenge hosted by the University of Windsor on Sunday, February 9 at the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse. Athletes who meet or exceed the U SPORTS standard in their event (measured by time, score or distance during the season), automatically qualify to compete in that event at the U SPORTS Championships at the end of the year.

Joely Welburn enjoyed yet another solid outing for the Cougars. She started off the day by breaking Merissa

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Joely Welburn [centre]
broke Merissa Margetts’
60-metre hurdles record.
Photo: Kevin Jarrold

Margetts 60-metre hurdles record with a time of 8.50 seconds in the preliminaries, then beat that mark again after running the finals in 8.48 seconds. Her hurdles time was also a U SPORTS standard, and she hit her second auto-qualifying mark of the day after clearing 1.71 metres in the high jump. 

“With championship season approaching, I’m excited to see what everyone can lay down on the track,” said Welburn. “The women’s team is relatively high in the rankings so it would be awesome to see us move up a few spots after CanWest. For myself, I’m going to continue to set the bar higher and see what I’m capable of.” 

Welburn is currently ranked in the top five in Canada in four different events: she’s first in the pentathlon, fourth in the high jump, and fifth in both the 60-metre hurdles and the long jump.

Ron MacLean took down the University of Regina’s 1500-metre record with a time of 3:50.83, shaving over two

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Ron MacLean [centre] broke
the U of R’s 1500-metre
record. Photo: Eva Ou

and a half seconds off the old mark set last season by Greg Hetterley. MacLean’s converted time also earned him a U SPORTS standard and the rookie ranks sixth in the nation and second in Canada West in the 1500-metre event.

Erika Stockhorst registered a personal best of 11.83 metres in the triple jump on her fourth attempt, and was even better on her next try. Her mark of 12.01 metres gave the fourth-year athlete her first career U SPORTS standard and vaulted her into fourth place in the national triple jump rankings. Enjoying a breakout season, Stockhorst also hit 5.74 metres in the long jump, moving up to sixth spot in the nation in that event. 

“Sunday was one of the better days we’ve had in a long time,” said Wade Huber, track and field head coach. “Our athletes showed that they can compete with anyone in Canada at this point. I’m glad we were able to get the chance to achieve some solid performances against quality teams as we head into the conference meet.”

The Cougars finished with eight podium finishes at the meet, led by gold medals from Scott Joseph in both the long jump (7.03 metres) and the triple jump (14.21 metres). Welburn took top spot in the high jump, while Stockhorst placed second in both the long and triple jumps. Second-place finishes were also collected by MacLean in the 1500 metre and Ret Brailsford in the 600 metre (1:21.30), while Alyson Edwards tied for third in the high jump (1.61 metre).

The Cougars will have next weekend off from competition as the teams prepare for the Canada West Championships hosted by the University of Saskatchewan on February 21 and 22. 

For full results, see: Windsor Team Challenge Results and Regina Indoor Games Results

With files from Braden Konschuh.