KELOWNA, BC – This past Saturday (Sep 28) the UBC Okanagan Heat hosted a dual cross country race with the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack on the Quail Ridge Linear Park trails, located adjacent to the UBC’s Okanagan campus trail.
The Heat bested their BC rivals and won both the men’s and women’s individual races, as well as the overall men’s and women’s team titles, to sweep the event on the day.
The fourth place finish at last year’s national championship and the strong start to the 2013 racing season has the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s cross country team ranked No. 1 in the nation after the Tuesday rankings came out for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The Heat men are ranked at No. 9.
In the women’s racer on Saturday, Sandra Kilmartin, a first year student from Salmon Arm, dominated the race with a 14:42 time for 3.9 km. Finishing in second and showing great progress on her winning time from last year was West Kelowna’s Michelle Blackburne in 15:09, who ran nearly 45 seconds faster than her previous best on this course. Faryn Brown (15:17) from TRU squeaked in for third, however the Heat took the women’s team title with remaining scorers Alea Stockton (15:25) and Julianna Neudorf (15:41) in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Leading the men and making a near-two minute improvement on his time from last year was fourth-year engineering student Jared Kesteven, posting a sub-20 minute (19:58) effort for 5.8 km. Not far behind was newcomer and engineering student Cailin Libby in 19:59. Similar to the women’s race, Connor McKay from TRU was third in 20:32. The remaining scorers for the Heat were Josh Tremblay in 20:46 (4th) and Mackenzie Wong in 20:58 (5th).
This upcoming weekend the No. 1 Heat women’s team travels to Edmonton for an Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) event, where they will face off against most of the Alberta schools in the Running Room Grand Prix #3. The Saturday race (Oct 5) is hosted by Concordia University College of Alberta.
The No. 9 Heat men’s cross country team will stay in-province and run in the Crescent Park Cross Country Race in South Surrey, also on Saturday, October 5th.
Results – Men’s 5.8 km Race