Posted on: October 28, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack cross country team had its final event before the U SPORTS nationals this weekend.
Saturday (Oct 27), saw the team in Abbotsford for the BC Cross Country championships. There were 99 runners in the men’s field for the 10 K.
The WolfPack had six runners in the men’s race.
Said head coach Carmin Mazzotta about their showing: “Our guys had a great race overall as a group. Calum Carrigan (1st year, Kamloops, BC) leading the way. He was 25.03, which was good for 42nd place. The field included juniors, seniors, Olympians and Masters. He was seventh among the 18 and 19 year old runners. People forget he is only 17 years old. It was an incredible performance. Really excited to see what is going to happen with him as we get closer to Nationals. Troy Morgan (Hythe, AB) had a gutsy performance fighting all the way to the line as did Sam Dyck (Tsawwassen, BC) and Etienne Lavigne (Russell, ON). Liam McGrath (Vernon, BC), one of the standout performances of the day: he had an incredible kick at the end. No give up for him. Jasper Martin (Whitehorse, YT) closed out his first season with a really gutsy effort. I was really pleased with what the guys did today.”
After Carringan, Morgan was 57 th in a time of 26.08. Dyck finished 66th at 26.37. McGrath wound up 69th at 26.53. Lavigne wound up 77th in a time of 27.15 with Martin winding up 78th at 27.18. The top time was 22.03
On the women’s side, where they ran eight kilometers.
“Zoe Painter (Whitehorse, YT) had a great race,” says coach Mazzotta. “ She has been consistent all season. I am excited about what will happen to her. She seems to be peaking at the right season. Kendra Murray (Whitehorse, YT) has been our top runner all season. She had major hamstring issues today and was cramping. We pulled her from the race. It was a tough decision but we need Kendra strong and we didn’t want to risk injury before USPORTS champs. Erika Johnson (Abbotsford, B) closed out her career with the WolfPack on home soil with an excellent race. Really gutsy as she fought her way to the line. Our first year athlete, Brooklyn Higgs (Squamish, BC) was out there battling She had some GI issues and was struggling but gave it her all.”
Painter wound up 43rd in a time of 31.27. Johnson was 51st in a time of 33.54, which was one place better than Higgs who crossed the line in a time of 36.03.
The fastest time for the women was 25.20. There were 56 competitors in the women’s race.
The U SPORTS Nationals are set for November 10th at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.