The University of Manitoba Stadium was a busy place today with multiple finals taking place. Alberta was well represented in those finals and managed to take home four medals.

An impressive gold medal came out of the track with Austin Cole in the 400m race. Cole completed the distance in 47.25 seconds, just ahead of Ontario’s Ramzi Abdulahi (47.60) and Quebec’s Alexander Szuba (47.68).

“My teammates and coaching staff are one of the many reasons I love this sport. There is no better feeling than your teammates and coaches being there for you after a race, win or lose. I am proud to wear Alberta’s color and always want to represent them when I can,” said an exhausted Cole after his race.

In winning the gold medal, Cole lowered his personal best in the event. He is the 2017 University of Alberta’s Male rookie of the year, and University of Alberta’s Track and Field MVP. He is also the Track and Field Usports National Champion in the 300m sprint event.

Team Alberta’s Opening Ceremonies Flag Bearer Aaron Hernandez (Coaldale, AB) won the silver medal thanks to his season’s best performance, jumping a whopping 15.25 meters. Rival Patrick Hannah of Quebec won the event with a jump of 15.63 meters.

Hernandez, 21, is the 2017 USport National Champion in the event and won the 2016 Olympic Trials. Hernandez was named three times the Athletics Alberta Athlete of the Year award (2012, 2013, 2014).

In January of 2017, Hernandez had to switch his take-off leg from my left to my right due to patella tendinitis in his left knee. “The switch from taking off with my right leg instead of my left leg is like people only writing with their non-dominant hand. The rhythm was confusing, and at times I wanted to quit because it was so hard. I pushed through, and in March of 2017, after just 3 months of training with my new take off-leg, I won the USports National Championship, a title I have twice won prior.”

In the women’s 400m hurdle event, Charlotte Terek (Calgary, AB) won the silver medal with a time of 1:00.47. Her medal-winning performance was also her season-best performance, which was previously set on June 24 at 1:03.34. It also represents her career personal best performance.

The women’s 4X100m relay added a silver for Alberta.