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Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell, who hails from the small town of Fernie, BC, will be the standard-bearer for the Heat men’s cross country program going forward. He has run his last race for UBCO as he graduated this past spring. Mitchell set the bar high for performance with his racing over the past five years, culminating in an outstanding senior season that saw him receive the top award for a graduating male athlete at UBCO.

Mitchell, who graduated from the school of engineering and has now entered the master's program at UBCO, is the first men's cross country runner at UBCO to win a major school athletic award. His growth as a runner coincided with the growth of the program that took him from competition at the collegiate level to U SPORTS — the highest level of post-secondary sport in the country — that earned him recognition as the top male graduating Heat athlete in his final season. He raced to a Canada West All-Star both years competing in that conference. 

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Always keeping things light, Mitchell's immediate response when asked 'Why UBCO' was "To try and get my Grade 10." But he quickly added, for a more serious response, this is why I choose UBCO. "Small class sizes, great academics and the ability to compete as an athlete."

UBC Okanagan or UBCO?


Coffee or Tea?


The Song that has to be played on your warmup playlist?

 Anything by Taylor Swift  

Blue or white? What is your preferred uniform colour to wear?

Whichever makes me look faster

Favourite place to study?

 Sunshine cafe, for the snacks 

Favourite Heat sport to watch?


Would you rather write a final exam or a 10-page paper?

Final Exam 

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