Posted on: July 24, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack cross country team have added another piece to the puzzle as it gets set for the upcoming U SPORTS season.
Head coach Carmin Mazzotta is pleased to announce that Sophie Ogilvie of South Kamloops Secondary will join the team in September. She is the younger sister of Josh Ogilvie, who participated with the WolfPack in 2017-18.
“Sophie has been a dedicated triathlete for years and has been very successful in her sport,” says Mazzotta. “It’s great news for our program that she has decided to run for us this fall. I’m very interested to see how she progresses and to work with her.”
She is enjoying the prospect of working with Coach Mazzotta on a regular basis. “For the past two or three years I have done quite a few of Carmin’s workouts when he has worked with the Kamloops Track and Field Club. I love his willingness to kick everyone’s butts at practice, be a great coach and crack a good joke at the end of the day.”
Ogilvie was blunt with why she decided to pursue her education at Thompson Rivers University. “I chose TRU for its academic quality, pricing and location. Staying close to home is important to me and racing locally will help inspire younger athletes to join the WolfPack cross country team.”
She was looking at UBC and Alberta before deciding to stay home. She admits her brother was an influence on her decision as well. “He told me about the team’s practices last year and what a fun and enjoyable time he had at Nationals and other races. He’s the best training partner that anyone could ask for.”
Ogilvie finished second in the provincial triathalon series in 2015-16 and was the U-16 girls’ national triathalon champion in 2014-15.
“I think my strengths are personal accountability, team relations and always having a smile on my face,” she adds. “You really can’t blame anyone but yourself if you have a bad race.”
“Sophie has a really positive attitude and will add to our women’s squad. I think there will be great energy on the women’s side this fall,” Mazzotta explains. “As we train together as a group, this will roll over to the men’s side as well.”
Ogilvie feels with a number of new faces on the WolfPack women’s squad, she is joining the team at a good time. “I think the women’s side of the cross country team is shaping up to be something great. There’s a lot of talent out there and I am so excited to be contributing to that. Right now is the best time for anyone to join the program, especially if you are a girl.”
She has set making the TRU travel team and going to the cross country nationals in Ontario as her main goals for the upcoming season.
Other recruits committed to the TRU cross country program for this season are: Calum Carrigan (5’10” Kamloops, BC-South Kamloops Secondary/Kamloops Track and Field Club), Kristen Hansen (5’6’ St. Albert, AB-Bellerose Composite High/Concordia University-NAIT, Edmonton, AB (ACAC), Emily Young ( 5’3”, Kelowna BC-Carson Graham Secondary/Douglas College/Vancouver Community College), and Brooklyn Higgs (5’7”, Squamish, BC-Coast Mountain Academy),