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High-school track stars commit to Bisons

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THE University of Manitoba Bisons track and field team announced the commitment of five top recruits who competed in the Manitoba high school system.

Bisons track and field coach Claude Berube announced the commitment of Jean-Baptiste Ajua, Eric Guy, Rebekah Sass, Rhys Sheppard, and Sasanie Wanigasekara.

"We are very excited about the top high school student-athletes who have decided to stay home and compete for the Bisons," said coach Berube. "This is a very strong recruiting class, who has experience competing both at the provincial and the national level. They will be leaders as part of the new directions U of Manitoba Track & Field/Cross Country are taking towards becoming a nationally ranked program."

Ajua is a middle-distance runner, who is an Elmwood High School grad and was his school's MVP in track and field and their athlete of the year.

Guy, 17, is a hurdler/sprinter who set provincial records in the 60m and 110m hurdles.

Sass, 18, is a middle distance runner from St. Mary's Academy, who was the champion in the 1500 and 3000 at the 2013 "AAAA" Provincial High School Track and Field Championship.

Sheppard is from Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute in The Pas. The 18-year-old was the 2013 provincial high school champion in the 400 and second in the 800.

Wanigasekara is a sprinter/jumper who finished her high school career at St. Maurice School. She was her school MVP in track and field and athlete of the year.

 

-- Staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 14, 2013 D2

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