Posted on: September 27, 2013

2013-14 Cross Country team (Snucins)

Hot off their strongest performance in recent years, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack cross country team will battle their closest geographical rival in the PACWEST this weekend. 

The WolfPack are travelling to Kelowna for a meet with the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat.

The meet is being held Saturday on trails near the UBCO Campus (East Kelowna).

Jack Miller Head coach (2013-14 Snucins0

Jack Miller-Head Coach TRU Cross Country (Andrew Snucins photo)

“This will provide a good indication of how we match up against UBCO who were stronger than we were last year,” said WolfPack head coach Jack Miller. “ We have quite a few new runners on the team and we have more depth than we did last year. This will be interesting and beneficial to see our runners competing against their collegiate peers.”

The WolfPack will take a squad of 10 women and five men to the event.

Rolena Debruyn (2013-14 Snucins)

Rolena Debruyn (Andrew Snucins photo)

“The course is a wide trail with small undulations but not overly hilly,” Miller explains.  “We should be better than we were last year. But time and a few more competitions will be a better indicator.”

The race distances this weekend are 3.5 kilometers for the women and 6 kilometers for the men.

Paige Norgaard (2013-14 Snucins)

Paige Norgaard (Andrew Snucins photo)

The WolfPack cross country team compete in seven events including the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Nationals in November at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

Isreal Mesfin (2013-14 Snucins) (2)

Isreal Mesfin (Andrew Snucins photo)

Next season TRU will move to the CIS in the sport of cross country running.