Owen is one of the few cross country runners at UBCO who has been a part of the transition from the collegiate league to the university sport level. In his first year, the OKM grad, he was the second-fastest Heat runner at the CCAA national championships in Blainville, QB. In his second year, he was one of just three male runners to have a strong enough qualifying time at the Canada West championships to be able to compete at the U SPORTS national championship in Kingston, Ont. The Okanagan Athletics Club product, this past November, once again qualified for the U SPORTS national championships in Kingston. Owen improved his showing by 20 spots in just one season. He is also one of only two members of the Heat cross country teams, both male and female, to compete at a national championship for the past three seasons. Graduating athlete of the year, Mike Mitchell is the other.
Although there will be no conference championship this fall for the runners, new coach Malindi Elmore has Owen and a full squad ready to train at Big White Ski Resort for much of the fall. The team will train at altitude, and utilize this unique opportunity - one that wouldn't have happened if it weren't for COVID.
Although he is not in the lab as much as he would like, Owen does have an exciting job this summer, even in today's COVID world. Currently, he has been working in one of the labs on campus (Neuromuscular Healthy Exercise and Aging Lab - HEAL) performing research, although it has all been remote-work so a lot of time on his laptop at home.
Why is he at UBCO, Owen found it easy to answer.
“The opportunity to join a rapidly expanding cross country program, while also receiving a top-notch education in Human Kinetics made UBCO an obvious fit for my post-secondary education.”
UBC Okanagan or UBCO?
Coffee or Tea?
The Song that has to be played on your warmup playlist?
Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar
Blue or white? What is your preferred uniform colour to wear?
Favourite place to study?
2nd Floor Library
Favourite Heat sport to watch?
Would you rather write a final exam or a 10-page paper?
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