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Strong men's field at BC Cross Country Championships

Strong men's field at BC Cross Country Championships

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – First year runner Evan Vadnai ran an inspired race for the UBC Okanagan men's cross country team on Saturday at the BC Cross Country Championships at Clearbrook Park. 

In a large field of 116 runners where lined up in Abbotsford including some world class talent, the men's individual champion had represented Canada at the 2016 Olympics, rookie Evan Vadnai led the chase pack in the first half of the race before fading thru the pack to finish in 62nd place in a time of (26:59).   

His finish helped the Heat men's team place sixth in the field on the eight-kilometre track. 


Mike Mitchell has the most experience on the UBCO men's competition squad - having competed in the last two national championships - started conservatively and ran his way up through the pack to finish 44th. The top finisher for UBC Okanagan sprinting in with a time of (25:27). 

Owen Harris ran an inspired race to be the second UBCO athlete across in 58th place.

A strong finish from Alex Spice (27:33) saw him pass Quinn Middleton (27:36) as they rounded out the scorers for the team finishing 69th and 70th respectively. 

Another pair of first year runner for the Heat Joshua Hettinga (29:31) and Iwan Levin (31:17) were displacers for UBC Okanagan. 

What's next

The Heat will next run on Saturday, November 11th when they will to hit the podium for the first time at the upcoming national championships. 

Only 20 minutes away from Montreal, the 2017 CCAA Cross-Country Running National Championships will be hosted by College Lionel-Groulx. The Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) institution, located in Sainte-Thérèse, QC, will host the event Nov. 10-11, 2017. 


HEAT RACE RESULTS (University / Junior Result) – 8kms
44th – Michael Mitchell – 25:28 (21st)
58th – Owen Harris – 26:32 (25th / 17th)
62nd – Evan Vadnai – 27:00 (26th / 19th)
69th – Alexander Spice – 27:33 (30th / 23rd)
70th – Quinn Middleton – 27:32 (31st)
75th – Joshua Hettinga – 29:32 (32nd / 24th)
85th – Iwan Levin – 31:18 (33rd / 27th)