WolfPack Cross Country drop “President’s Cup” event

  Posted on: September 29, 2018

Kendra Murray and Zoe Painter running in Kelowna (Conlan Sprickerhoff photo)

The University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat have moved into the driver’s seat in the “President’s Cup.”. The ‘President’s Cup’ is the athletic competition between TRU and the Heat.

On Saturday (Sept 29), in Kelowna, the WolfPack lost both the men’s and women’s competition at an event between the two schools. This was the first time cross country squads met each other with points in the “President’s Cup”.

UBCO won the men’s competition 14-22 (the lowest score wins). They took the women’s side 12-22.

Here were the results:

Mens:

 

Mike Mitchell (ubco) – first 29:28

 

TRU:

Calum Carrigan (Kamloops, BC)- 4th 30:49

Troy Morgan (Hythe, AB)- 5th 30:50

Sam Dick (Tsawwassen, BC)- 6th 32:14

Etienne Lavigne (Russell,ON) – 7th 32:29

Liam Mcgrath (Vernon, BC) – 9th 33:27

Jasper Martin(Whitehorse, YT) – 10th 34:00

 

Lowest score wins

1: UBCO – 14 points

2: TRU – 22 points

 

Womens:

 

Veronika Fagan(UBCO) – 1st 23:33

 

TRU

Kendra Murray(Whitehorse, YT) – 4th 27:02

Zoe Painter (Whitehorse, YT)- 5th 27:33

Brooklyn Higgs(Squamish,BC) – 7th 29:59

Erica Johnson(Abbotsford, BC) – 9th 30:12

 

Lowest score wins

1: UBCO – 12 points

2: TRU – 25 Points

 

WolfPack assistant coach Conlan Sprikerhoff had these comments, “

Today marked the first true test for both the men’s and women’s teams. It was a gorgeous day and we even had a bit of a delayed start to the race from a black bear wandering around on the course. It was a good day of racing and exciting to see how the first month of training has been for the team on a rolling course in Kelowna’s mission creek greenway

 

UBCO beat TRU in the men’s team competition.

On the men’s side both Calum and Troy worked together throughout the entirety of the race as they were near the front of the pack. They got gapped by the top UBCO men but in the future we will be looking for them to continue working together to push the pace and be faster. Sam ran strong for his second race with the team and has shown improvement in his pacing. Etienne had a big kick at the end against his UBCO opponent. Liam struggled a bit today finding a good pace to hold throughout the race and ended up running in no mans land for a majority of the race. Jasper started conservatively and picked up the pace and moved his way through a few other runners to finish 10th.

 

UBCO beat TRU in the women’s team competition

On the Women’s side we had four women race with Kendra Murray being our best finisher. Kendra is a strong runner with lots to give and will look to continue to lead the team from the front this season as the year moves forward. Zoe had an amazing race and a standout performance as she seems to be in good form keeping close to Kendra for most of the race and doing it racing basically by herself for almost the entirety of the course. Brooklyn ran through a pack of UBCO runners to finish 7th, she started conservatively and was able to power up some hills to pass the other ladies. Erica was able to pass a few ladies in the last half of the race for a good finish.

 

The WolfPack now prepare for the UVIC Invitational in October.

Checking the ‘President’s Cup” series: UBCO and TRU are tied on the men’s side with a win and a tie (3 points). UBCO leads the women’s series 1-0. The next stage will come Thursday (Oct 4) when the two schools will meet in the start of a ‘home and home’ women’s soccer series. On Thursday, the two schools have a 6 pm kickoff at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops, BC.