WINNIPEG — Four new recruits have joined the Manitoba Bisons Track and Field Team for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
Three of the athletes are from Manitoba and one from Regina. Matthew Exner and Jack Taylor join Manitoba’s male middle distance runners, while Amy Klippenstein and Amber Schneider join the female middle distance team. Three of the athletes are from Manitoba and one from Regina.
Bison track and field coach Claude Berube, talked about this recruiting class. “The Bison track and field and cross country program is very pleased to have these four young athletes join our team for the 2018-19 season. They will all have an immediate impact on both our women’s and men’s teams, who have gotten stronger the past couple of years. They all bring some experience, not only at the provincial level, but national as well, which will help with their transition to university-level competition.”
“They all bring the qualities that we look for in athletes: dedication, competitiveness, strong academics and work ethic. We look forward to their success continuing on for the brown and gold.”
Exner, 18 (turning 19 in October), finished his high school career at Riffel High in Regina, Saskatchewan. He was the school cross country MVP from grades 9-12, with some hardware at the provincial level. At the 2018 SHSAA Track & Field Championships, Exner won a gold in the 800m and silver in the 400m. He also finished fourth in the 1500m.
Taylor, 17 (turning 18 in October), ran track and cross country at St. Paul’s High School in Winnipeg. He was a two-time gold medal finisher at the 2018 MHSAA Championships, winning the 1500m and 3000m.
Klippenstein, 17 (turning 18 in August), ran track for MacGregor Collegiate in MacGregor, Manitoba. She’s a multiple-time MHSAAA 400m medallist, winning gold in 2015, silver in 2016 and 2017, and bronze in 2018. Klippenstein holds the MacGregor varsity school records in the 800m and as part of the 4 x 100 relay.
Schneider, 18, was a multi-sport athlete at Stonewall Collegiate in Stonewall, Manitoba. Playing hockey, softball, basketball, and soccer in addition to cross country and track, she medalled twice at the 2018 MHSAA championships — silver in the 400m and 800m.