KELOWNA, BC - On Sunday at the Larry Nicholas Memorial 9K cross country run at Mission Creek Regional Park the UBC Okanagan Heat ran with several of their members and showed well in the process.
The Heat squad, brimming with new members, sent racers to compete at the Larry Nicholas that won't be competing in the upcoming BC Cross Country Championships this weekend, October 28, in Abbotsford.
Alex Spice, in his first year at UBC Okanagan from Kamloops impressed with a strong late surge to finish tops among the Heat men and fourth overall (32:44).
Second year runner Austin White finished behind Spice in fifth (34:47).
Malcom Minkus (37:55) ran an impressive four minutes faster than he has in previous years to place 12th overall.
Brett Goodman (39:11), Miguel Dyksra, and Kyle Foster (40:58) also finished in the top 25.
For the women Kishay McKigney had a strong finish to place 6th overall (41:12).
The members of the team that are off to Abbotsford this weekend were on hand volunteering at the race, helping in the set up and manning the water station.
New Heat head coach John Machuga also ran and finished second overall at 32:04, showing well for his team.
Off to Abbotsford this weekend, the most important tune up for the team prior to the national championships, will be:
Women's team: Veronika Fagan, Camille Galloway, Alex Berwick, Juliana Neudorf, Rachel Garrett
Men's team: Michael Mitchell, Evan Vadnai, Owen Harris, Quinn Middleton, Iwan Levin, Josh Hettinga, Alex Spice
More info on the Championships in Abbotsford: http://www.bcathletics.org/Content/bc-x-country-champs/42/
The men are currently ranked ninth nationally and the defending champion UBCO women's squad are ranked fifth currently with the national championships to be held at Collège Lionel-Groulx. The Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) institution, located in Sainte-Thérèse, QC, will host the 2017 CCAA Cross-Country Running National Championships and is located just 20 minutes outside of Montreal. Website.