1969 - 70 U of S Huskies Men's Track and Field Team
Track and Field
The 1969-70 team, coached by Lyle Sanderson, won the Canadian championship at a meet in Winnipeg, showing amazing team depth and versatility to score points in 12 out of 14 events and win with 50 points. They trailed, 27 to 18, going into the pole vault and posted a dominating finish to beat McMaster University by six points.
An early omen of Huskie success happened in a Calgary indoor meet on January 10, 1970, when Rick Bell, an all-round athlete, slipped through the pack in the men's 300 metre final to beat highly-rated runnersfrom San Jose State and Oregon in an invitational meet.
Charlie Simpson won both the one-mile and two-mile events in the Canada West championships, where the Huskies earned 112 points, more than double their nearest rivals. There was a strong gold medal cast, with wins from Ken Loewen, Bill White and Jerry Filson.
Coach Sanderson had the right combinations for the relays, with Loewen, Bell, White and Keith Zary on the mile relay team and Bell, Ron Zerr, Bob Brennan and Lloyd Howey on the sprint relay team.
Pole vaulter Jerry Filson won the gold medal at a height of 14 feet, the Huskies took 14 out of 16 possible points in the pole vault and that lifted the Huskies to a come-from-behind team victory.
Team members: Rick Bell, Bob Brennan, Brian Briggs, Gerry Filson, Marcel Gallays, Lloyd Howey, Merv Krivoshein, Ken Loewen, Harold Matthies, Gordon Remmen, Charles Simpson, Bill White, Keith Zary, Ron Zerr and coaches Lyle Sanderson, Eugene Wedel, Dick Chinn and Ernie McCullough