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June 23, 2020 Introducing Bisons Track and Field recruits for 20-21
WINNIPEG – The University of Manitoba Bisons Track and Field team is pleased to announce 13 top Manitoban recruits for the 2020-21 season. “These athletes exemplify the tremendous work being done in track and field at both the high school and club levels in Manitoba,” said Bisons Track and Field head coach, Claude Berube. “With backgrounds in competitions at the provincial and national level, this group has all the tools to compete in Canada West and USPORTS. They will all be key members of the Bisons program moving forward.” This recruiting class is also strong off the field of play through their academic accomplishments and contributions to the community and sport, said Berube. “Our coaches, and myself, look forward to have an exciting five years working with these athletes,” added Berube, who enters year 24 with Manitoba. The Bisons track and field teams are returning many of their top performers from the Women’s team that finished fifth at the 2020 Canada West Conference Championships. The Bisons Men’s Track and Field team had another strong season in 2019-20 with a fourth-place finish at the Canada West Championships, and seventh at the USPORTS Championships. The vast majority of this strong team will be returning for the 2020-21 season.
Abby Bestland, 18, competed in the sprints events with Sanford Collegiate.
Bestland is relatively new to the sport, having taken up track and field full-time a little over a year ago. She has made big strides in that timeframe, making the final at the MHSAA Championships in 2019, and also earning a spot on the Western Canada Summer Games team. During her high school career at Sanford Collegiate, she received the Coaches Award on three separate occasions, and was an honour roll student all four years.
Adam Chahid, 19, was a sprinter with Kelvin High School.
Chahid has a strong resumé and desire to succeed. His area of strength are the sprints, which will no doubt make him a factor not only in his individual races, but also as a relay team member throughout his Bisons career. He was a finalist in two events (200m, 400m) at the 2019 MHSAA Championships. He also has interprovincial competition experience having made some provincial teams including the 2019 Western Canada Games.
Tyler Cox-Yestrau, 17, competed in the sprints events at J.H. Bruns Collegiate.
Cox-Yestrau was a multi-sport athlete throughout his high school career and has started to focus on track and field this past year. He is considered one of the more versatile young sprinters in the province. He was a double silver medalist in the 200m and 400m at the 2019 MHSAA Championships. He has represented Manitoba on various provincial teams including the Western Canada Summer Games team. He also competed at the Simplot Games this past indoor season which is one of the top high school meets in North America. In 2019, he was named the athlete of the year at J. H. Bruns Collegiate.
Alex Davis, 17, ran sprints and middle distance at Balmoral Hall School.
Davis, who spent most of high school competing as a sprinter, has begun a transition to middle distance events and is showing promise, finishing third in the 400m at the MHSAA Championships. She has also competed as a provincial team athlete, including last summer’s Western Canada Games, where she was a member of two medal winning relay teams. While a student at Balmoral Hall, she was also achieved honour roll status all four of her high school years.
Graham Hutchinson-Campbell, 17, competed in sprints and jumps at J.H. Glenlawn Collegiate.
Hutchinson-Campbell has been consistently one of the top jumpers in the province. He is also a strong sprinter. He has medalled at the MHSAA Championships, and has experience as a provincial team member, highlighted by being a part of the 2019 Western Canada Games. As a student at Glenlawn, he was also twice an honour roll recipient.
Angela Kroeker, 18, is a middle distance / distance runner out of River East Collegiate.
A versatile athlete, Kroeker will have an important role on both the Cross Country and Track & Field team. Highlights of her high school career include gold in the 3000m at the 2018 MHSAA Championships and bronze in the 3000m at the 2019 Western Canada Games. Kroeker also brings experience of having competed at the national championships to the table. At River East Collegiate, she was named athlete of the year and achieved recognition as a honour roll student in each of her four years of study.
Justin Kroeker, 17, is a middle distance / distance runner from Edward Schreyer School.
Kroeker will be a part of both the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. He is a three-time silver medalist at the MHSAA level in the 1500m, 3000m and Cross Country, respectively. Kroeker also has provincial team experience being a member of both the Legion and Western Canada Games teams. He comes by his ability to compete as a middle distance / distance runner honestly as both his parents are former Bisons distance athletes. While studying at Edward Schreyer School, he was also named athlete of the year while earning placement on the school honour roll. Reese Lange, 18, is a sprinter out of Murdoch McKay Collegiate.
Lange has been one of the top sprinters in the province for the past few years and will surely make a smooth transition to university level competition. She was the 2019 MHSAA silver medalist in the 100m and is also part of a provincial record setting 4 x 100m relay team. Lange has represented Manitoba on several provincial teams, including the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games. While at Murdoch MKcKay, she was twice the athlete of the year and a four-time honour roll student.
Rachel Mann, 18, competed primarily in the hurdles at Kelvin High School.
Mann was a multi-sport athlete at Kelvin. Along with her accolades on the track, she received the MHSAA Soccer olden Boot Award. In track and field, she won gold in the 100m Hurdles at the 2019 MHSAA Championships. In the process, she also broke the championship record in the event. She has represented Manitoba on various provincial teams over the years including the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games. Mann was also a two-time athlete of the year at her school, and earned placement on the honour roll throughout her four years.
Jakob Paquette, 17, is a sprinter and jumper out of Garden City Collegiate.
Paquette had a strong 2020 indoor season and has made a case to be the top high school sprinter this year. He also compliments this with his ability in the long jump. Paquette was a silver medalist in both the 100m and long jump at the 2019 MHSAA Championships. He has provincial team experience as well as having competed at the Legion Championships. He is also an accomplished student being an honour roll student all four of his high school years. Issac Peters, 18, competed in the High Jump at Fort Richmond Collegiate.
Peters is one of the promising high jump athletes coming out of the high school system. He had a strong indoor season, culminating with second place finishes at both the provincial and high school indoor championships. Peters has experience in inter-provincial competition which will be valuable as he joins a strong group of jumpers on the Bisons team.
Daxx Turner, 18, excelled in the Triple Jump and High Jump while at Neepawa Area Collegiate.
Turner is one of the most promising jumpers in the country. He has focused on the triple jump and is now making inroads in the high jump. He is a multi-time medalist in the jumps events at the MHSAA level, and also the 2019 Canadian Junior triple jump bronze medalist. Turner’s performances in the triple jump have garnered him several age group provincial records, as well as ranking him third all-time on the Canadian list in the U18 category. He has also performed well in the classroom, earning honour roll recognition.
Ilona Zrinyi, 17, joins the Bisons sprints and middle distance team from Vincent Massey Collegiate.
Ilona has a deep background in track and field and has had success at both provincial and national levels. She is considered one of the top middle distance runners in the province, and will have an immediate impact on the relay program. The Vincent Massey grad won gold in the 400m at the 2019 MHSAA Track & Field Championships, and was also in the top-four at the Cross Country Championships this past fall. A two-time high school athlete of the year, she was also a honour roll student throughout high school.