Southern Alberta Newspapers
A pair of athletes kicking off their respective seasons have been named the Two Guys and a Pizza Place Pronghorn Male and Female Athletes of the Week.
Earning the Female Athlete of the Week honour is Pronghorns rugby player Carolyn McKee, while track and field athlete Peter Millman takes home the Male Athlete of the Week award.
Playing in the inaugural women’s rugby sevens series tournament, McKee, a first-year fullback, played a complete game the entire weekend, leading the Pronghorns to a fourth-place finish in the first stop of the three-stop series.
The product of Stirling was second on the Pronghorns in tries during the weekend, scoring four in six games, but her defending and precision tackling was equally important in the Horns placing.
The next stop on the Canada West Sevens Series is in Vancouver Feb. 4-5, hosted by the UBC Thunderbirds.
A fifth-year thrower, Millman kicked off his final year as a Pronghorn on a strong note, winning both of his events at the Golden Bear Open in Edmonton.
On Friday, Millman led the way as the Pronghorn men’s track team opened the indoor track season sweeping the podium in the weight throw.
Millman, from Truro, Nova Scotia, won the event with a throw of 17.76 metres.
The two-time reigning CIS champion continued his dominance in the shot put Saturday, winning the event by nearly three metres with a toss of 17.44 metres.
Millman and the rest of the track team are off this weekend.
The Canada West Championships will be hosted by the University of Regina Feb. 24-25.
Horns men’s track team goes top-10
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s track team cracked the top-10 to start their season.
The Horns jumped right into the number-10 spot in the U Sports top 10 rankings this week following their weekend at the Golden Bear Open in Edmonton.
The men’s team swept the podium of the weight throw event, fifth-year Pronghorn Peter Millman swept the throwing events winning the shot put and Aaron Hernandez, despite having to change to a different take-off leg, won triple jump event.
Those performances earned the Horns 27 points and a spot in the in the top-10.
The Alberta Golden Bears also ranked in the top-10, moving up from eighth to fifth, while Victoria earned its first ranking, debuting at number seven.
Manitoba moved down from sixth to ninth, three votes ahead of Lethbridge.