The Dinos went into the CIS track and field championships expecting big things from their pair of fifth-year sprinters -- Amonn Nelson and Sam Effah. Everything started according to plan with Effah named CIS male track athlete of the year for the fourth straight year and Nelson collecting her first CIS female track athlete of the year title.
Things went downhill from there for the men. Effah failed to advance to the final of the 60-metre event by 0.03 of a second with a preliminary time of 6.96. He had won the 60-metre for the previous three years. He withdrew from the remainder of the competition due to an injury, which he sustained while competing at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India in October 2010.
"I think it got aggravated a bit at Canada West," said Dinos track and field head coach Doug Lamont. "When he did step up to the line this winter, basically, he dominated the competition and his performances were significantly better than anyone else in the country."
The men collected a silver medal in the 4x800-metre relay with a time of 7:37.90. Fifth-year Scott Nicol finished fourth in the 1,000-metre.
Nelson won the 300-metre event for the fourth year in a row with a time of 39.02. The Dinos women finished first in the 4x200-metre and 4x400-metre relays.
"After the first or second year, maybe there's not much pressure, it's just a habit," said Lamont. "Obviously as the defending champion having the top time in the country, then there's more pressure on anyone to expect to win, but Amonn just seems to be the type of person who can deal with that pressure quite nicely."
Rachel McIntosh took home a silver in the women's pentathlon finishing short of the 3,760 points Chelsea Valois of Regina got. Dino rookie Rachel Machin finished fourth with 3,657 points and also finished eighth in the 60-metre hurdles.
"With Rachel [McIntosh] she was disappointed she got silver," said Lamont. "She was fully expecting gold and at the end of the season. She still has the best pentatholon performance in the country, but unfortunately on that day she came up with a silver. Her hurdles and her high jump didn't go the way they could have. She finished strong, she ran a gutsy 800-metres."
Madeline MacDonald finished seventh in the 1,000-metre event while Robyn Webster placed fourth in the pole vault with a throw of 3.85 metres.
The Dinos women finished third in the team event with 66.50 points behind the second place University of Guelph Gryphons (96) and first place University of Windsor Lancers (151.50). The Lancers also won the men's team event. The Dinos men finished thirteenth.