Reindl Announces First Track & Field/Cross Country Recruiting Class

New University of Saskatchewan Huskie track & field/cross country head coach is pleased to announce 13 additions to the 2017-18 rosters.

The recruitment class to the Huskies includes Ryan Botterill, Blake Carriere-Smith, Landon Gill, Jacob Murphy, Kaden Nilson, Kendra Farmer, Deanna Kitzul, Ashlyn Mooney, Kayla Stegan, Micah Strueby and Brittany Varga. 

"When I took the position of head coach I had a vision of where I wanted to take the program in terms of culture and a developing a group of athletes who work hard to prove what being a Huskie means," said Reindl, who was named the first-ever full-time head coach of the track & field/cross country program at the University of Saskatchewan in April.  

"I feel very strongly that this group of athletes signify those goals and will be looked upon as leaders to make choices that make our team stronger as a whole. All of the athletes have the tools to be successful academically and athletically and I intend to help lead them in that continuation of success at the UofS. From a performance-potential perspective not only do we add a significant amount of depth to the team by the addition of these amazing student-athletes but we have also begun to fill holes that will put in us in a position to challenge the top teams in conference.  As my first recruiting class as head coach I am extremely excited at the commitment of these student-athletes to the UofS but also what it means to Huskie Athletics, the university, our alumni, and our future as a program."

The 2017-18 Canada West championship sport schedules will be released Wednesday. 


Ryan Botterill, Sprints

City:  Moose Jaw

High school:  Peacock

Previous Club: Excel Athletika

Notable Accomplishments:

  • 2014 High School Provincial Bronze medalist Midget (100m, 200m)
  • 2015 High School Provincial Gold medalist Midget (100m, 200m -new Provincial record)
  • 2015 High School Provincial Silver medalist Midget (4x100m)
  • 2016 High School Provincial Gold medalist Junior (100m, 4x100m)
  • 2016 High School Provincial Silver medalist Junior (200m)
  • 2016 Saskatchewan Athletics Provincial Championships Gold medalist Youth (100m)
  • 2016 Saskatchewan Athletics Provincial Championships Silver medalist Youth (200m)
  • 2016 Canadian Legion Youth Nationals Bronze medalist (4x100m)
  • 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games Gold medalist (100m, 200m, 4x100m)
  • 15 High School Meet Records (2015-2016)

Player Comments:
I chose to attend the U of S because I like the city and all it has to offer. I am looking forward to becoming a Huskie as I have been impressed by the track program, it's tradition and the many successes it has had.  My goals on the track are to keep improving and hopefully become one of the top sprinters in U SPORTS. 

Coach Comments:
Ryan comes into the program as one of the top high school sprinters in the provinces history.  In only a few brief meetings I have been extremely impressed with Ryan and feedback from our coaching staff was that he was one of the guys we had to get into the Huskie colors. We are extremely excited that he has chosen the UofS and we are confident he will have no problem making an immediate contribution to the team's culture of performance as well as improving our results in the sprints and relays.

Blake Carriere-Smith, Sprints/Hurdles

City: Medicine Hat

High School: Medicine Hat High School

Previous Club: N/A

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Grade 11 (2016): City champion in 100m
  • Grade 11(2016): Zone champion in 100m
  • Grade 11(2016): Provincial 6th place finish in 100m
  • Grade 12(2017): City champion in 100m,200m,100mH and long jump. City aggregate
  • Grade 12(2017): Zone champion in 100,200m,100mH. Zone aggregate
  • Grade 12(2017): Dino high school challenge 3rd in 200m 3rd in 100m 3rd in 100mH
  • Grade 12(2017): Provincial medalist in 200m (3rd) medalist in 100mH (2nd) 100m PB (11.27)
  • Grade 12(2017): 3rd in provincial aggregate, school record in 200m (22.90)
  • Grade 12(2017): Provincial team 4A champions, Hat High Team MVP

Player Comments:
I am looking forward to fully dedicating myself to school and sports at a higher level. I chose the Huskies because they have an amazing track program and a beautiful city. I am excited to help contribute to the program. 

Coach Comments:
Blake continues to strengthen and add depth to our already strong sprint program at the university. With a wide array of sprint and hurdle experiences we feel strongly that he will grow into his role on the team and we are very happy that he has chosen to attend the UofS.

Landon Gill, Jumps

City: Surrey, B.C.

Highschool: Southridge School

Previous Clubs: Ocean Athletics

Notable Achievements:

  • BC HS Track and Field Provincial Championships 2017 - LJ 1st, TJ 7th 
  • BC Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships 2017 - LJ 1st , TJ 4th

Player Comments:
I'm excited to train with the Huskies Track Program, meet new people and continue to improve on my jumps and times. 

Coach's Comments:
As the BC high school champion in the long jump we know that Landon can perform when it matters.  Our goal as a program is to build off of his strengths and develop him into one of the top jumpers in the Canada West conference and the nation.  He has shown significant improvement over just a short time and we see a lot of potential in him continuing to improve.  Our horizontal jumps are going to see an immediate improvement with Landon in the mix. 

Jacob Murphy, Sprints

City: Saskatoon

High School: Aden Bowman

Previous Club: Riversdale

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Saskatchewan Legion team for 400m and 400m hurdles, 4x400m,
  • Outstanding track athlete Aden Bowman 2015,2016 and 2017 & in 2015 - athlete of the year.
  • Outstanding Junior athlete Riversdale.
  • I went to Junior Nationals in Edmonton last year for 200m and 400m hurdles
  • Going to Youth Nationals in Ottawa 2017 for 200m and 400m Hurdles

Player Comments:
I am looking forwards to improving my technique and times and competing with the U of S Huskies track team. I wanted to attend the U of S for Kinesiology and I have seen many U of S Huskies track Athletes achieve great results.

Coach Comments:
Jacob's success in the city and the province in the sprint events has been impressive.  While we have added several sprinters to an already successful sprint core the competitiveness that Jacob brings to the team will be a great addition of which are very excited about. His grit and determination will be looked upon to lead our Huskie culture of never giving up. 

Kaden Nilson, Middle Distance

City: Choiceland, SK

High School: Choiceland High School

Previous Clubs: Ace Athletics

Notable Achievements:

  • Game 9 – 1500m and 3000m gold, 800m and 400m silver, CC Gold
  • Grade 10 – 1500m and 3000m gold, 800m silver and 400m bronze
  • Grade 11 – 1500m gold, 800m silver
  • Grade 12 – 800m silver
  • Made 2016 Legion National Team

Coach Comments:
Kaden's versatility is going to be called upon immediately within our long sprints program. He has shown an ability to be competitive in a range of distances and we feel he will play a key role in our both of 4x400m and 4x800m relays as well as the 600m. Kaden's leadership will also a great asset to our program as we look to challenge for Canada West banners in the near future. 

Kendra Farmer, Jumps/Hurdles

City: Saskatoon

High School: Centennial

Previous Clubs:  STFC

Notable Achievements:

  • SHSAA Provincial silver medalist in long jump - 2015
  • SHSAA Provincial Bronze medalist in 80m Hurdles, Long Jump and 200m - 2016 
  • SHSAA Champion in 80m Hurdles, Silver medalist in 100m, 200m, Long Jump, and Senior Girls Aggregate Point Champion - 2017
  • Centennial Female track and field MVP -2015,2016, 2017
  • Made Saskatchewan Legion Nationals team - 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Made Saskatchewan Canada Games Team - 2017
  • Silver National medal in 4x100m - 2014
  • Bronze National medal in 4x100m - 2015

Player Comments:
I have decided on the Huskies program, because of its impressive history as well as its excellent coaching staff. I'm looking forward to improving in my athletic ability and becoming the best track and field athlete I can be. 

Coach Comments:
Kendra's commitment to the UofS is a statement that our program is on the rise. As one of the top long jumpers in the country and an extremely talented hurdler and sprinter our program and myself are extremely excited to see her compete in Huskie colors next year. I feel very strongly that she will continue to be successful at the university level and we will be looking at her to lead the new culture of team.

Deanna Kitzul, Throws

City: Foam Lake

High school: Yorkton Regional

Previous Clubs:  Yorkton Regional Track Club

Notable Achievements:

  • Provincial Bronze – shot put

Player Comments:           

I am ready to work hard and be committed to the team and my training to see what I am capable of.

Coach Comments:
Having an already strong women's throws program Deanna is joining a training group that is going to push each other every day. We are all very happy that she has chosen the UofS and our coaching staff believes that she will develop into a successful thrower at the university level."

Ashlyn Mooney, Sprints

City: Saskatoon

High School: Holy Cross High School

Previous Clubs:  Riversdale Athletics

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Provincial track team summer 2016
  • High school track outstanding contribution

Player Comments:
I have looked up to Huskie track athletes since I was in elementary school relays and I'm excited to be a part of the team! 

Coach Comments:
Ashlyn has been quite successful at a number of events from the sprints to the jumps which will allow her to make an immediate impact to the team. Her success at the provincial level suggests that she will jump right in to positions on both our 4x200m and 4x400m relays as well as a number of individual events. Her commitment to the university is a strong indication that we are headed in the right direction as a team. 

Kayla Stegan, Pole Vault/Hurdles

City: Medicine Hat

High School: Medicine Hat High School

Previous Clubs:  N/A

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Grade 10 (2015)  city champion in pole vault (2.20m) and 80mH
  • Grade 10 (2015) zone champion in pole vault (2.30m) and 80mH
  • Grade 10 (2015) provincial 6th place in Hurdles
  • Grade 10 (2015) broke the Medicine Hat High school 80mH record
  • Grade 11 (2016) city champion in pole vault (2.40m) and 80mH
  • Grade 11 (2016) zone champion in pole vault (2.50m) and 80mH
  • Grade 11 (2016) broke the zone record for pole vault
  • Grade 11 (2016) provincial 3rd place in pole vault
  • Grade 11 (2016) provincial 4th place in 80mH
  • Grade 11 (2016) Medicine Hat High school Track and field MVP
  • Grade 11 (2016) broke the Medicine Hat High school pole vault record
  • Grade 12 (2017) Dino High school Challenge Champion in pole vault
  • Grade 12 (2017) Dino High school Challenge 3rd place in 80mH (13.08s)
  • Grade 12 (2017) city champion in pole vault (2.50m), 80mH, and Javelin
- Grade 12 (2017) senior girls city aggregate
  • Grade 12 (2017) zone champion in pole vault (2.50m), 80mH, and Javelin
  • Grade 12 (2017) provincial 3rd place in pole vault (2.60m)
  • Grade 12 (2017) provincial 3rd place in 80mH (13.07s)
  • Grade 12 (2017) provincial 4th place in javelin (30.28m)
  • Grade 12 (2017) ASAA team 4A high school provincial champion
  • Grade 12 (2017) broke the Medicine Hat High school record in 80mH and pole vault
  • Grade 12 (2017) Medicine Hat high school Track and field MVP 

Player Comments:
I am looking forward to continue my education at a great university, like the UofS. I have heard many great things about the track program and I am excited to become a part of the team. I am looking forward to improving as an athlete and being a part of a great organization. 

Coach Comments:
We are very excited about the addition of Kayla to our team as we feel strongly that she has the potential to develop into a strong pole vaulter. She will continue to train for the hurdles as well which she has shown success in at the provincial level in Alberta. Our team fills a few holes with the addition of Kayla and we can't wait to see her in a Huskie singlet".

Micah Strueby, Sprints

City: Saskatoon

High School: Holy Cross

Previous Clubs:  Riversdale

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Saskatoon City High School 400m champion – Grade 9-11
  • Saskatchewan High School 400m champion – Grade 10
  • Saskatchewan High School 400 m silver medalist – Grade 12
  • Saskatchewan High School 400m bronze medalist – Grade 11
  • Provincial Club 400m champion – 2016
  • Grade 10 & 11 Outstanding Contribution Award in Track & Field

Player Comments:
I am looking forward to the team atmosphere and training to become the best runner I can be. The Huskie program was a good fit for me. 

Coach Comments:
Micah is an athlete that I am very excited to have join our team. With strong performances from 200m to 800m Micah has a ton of potential to make an impact to our team, our performance, and our culture. As with many of our incoming student-athletes I believe strongly that our potential as a team for the immediate future continues to increase."

Brittany Varga, Middle Distances

City: Esterhazy, SK

High School: Esterhazy High School

Previous Clubs:  Yorkton Legion Track Club

Notable Accomplishments:

  • MVP Track & Field Female Esterhazy High School Grade 9-12
  • MVP Cross Country Female Esterhazy High School Grade 9-12
  • Bronze in Saskatchewan High School Provincials 2016
  • Saskatchewan Summer Games Team

Coach Comments:
Brittany has shown the potential to develop as a Huskie athlete in the mid distance events. She is extremely committed and with the support of our coaching staff and her effort and focus we feel that she is a great addition to our team.