WINNIPEG – For the third straight year, the Manitoba Bisons have captured the combined team title at the Bison Classic track and field meet.
Bison women captured six first-place finishes while men captured three first-place spots. Overall, there were 27 podium finishes from Bison athletes.
The women’s 4×200 and 4×400 relay both took first-place, as did the men’s 4×800 team.
Athletes from five other universities (Lethbridge, Alberta, Regina, Lakehead and Manitoba) also participated.
Hockey: Bison Men Stun 2nd-Ranked Huskies
The Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team dominated the Huskies in their own barn, shutting out Saskatchewan 4-0. Byron Spriggs made 36 saves for the shutout, though the Huskies still clinched the #1 seed in the Canada West playoffs thanks to Alberta losing.
The 5th-ranked Bisons women’s team completed a weekend sweep of the Huskies with a 3-1 win on Senior Night. Manitoba improves to 16-5-3-2 and will battle Alberta next weekend in their regular season finale to determine second spot in the playoffs.
Basketball: Wesmen Squads Sweep Regina
Anyone who attended the Wesmen doubleheader on Senior Night was treated to a back-to-back serving of intense basketball.
The opener saw the 7th-ranked Wesmen women emerge with a 62-58 over 2nd-ranked Regina, thanks in large part to 27 points by Antoinette Miller. It’s a win for the Wesmen, now 16-2, that proves they can hang with the top teams in Canada, and goes a long way towards locking up a first-round bye in the Canada West playoffs.
The men’s matchup also did not disappoint, as Winnipeg outpaced the Cougars 87-81. Fifth-year guard Jamar Farley connected on six three-pointers in the win, improving the Wesmen to 12-6.
Bisons Split Hoops Showdown In Brandon
The Manitoba Bisons women’s basketball team got their third win of the season, knocking off the Bobcats 73-69. Brandon has already clinched a playoff spot and finish the season with an 8-12 record. Manitoba improves to 3-15 but needs to sweep their final series with Mount Royal to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The men dropped their second straight in Brandon 92-77. Manitoba has already locked up a playoff spot and now sits at 10-8 while Brandon finishes their regular season schedule with a 9-11 record, likely good enough for a playoff berth.
Volleyball: Top-Ranked Bison Men Dominant Again
It didn’t take long for the Bisons to win their 18th straight match, sweeping the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in straight sets. Eight seniors were honoured as the team improved to 19-1. The Bisons women lost in four sets.
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