BLAINVILLE, QB - Michael Mitchell led the UBC Okanagan men's team to a tenth place finish, two spots better than last year's national championship. Mitchell finished just outside of All-Canadian status, the Kimberly, BC resident was 13th out of the 134 athletes lined up at the start.
Outside of Mitchell, all other runners for the Heat were competing at the CCAA Cross Country Running National Championships, were there for the first time.
The Heat men were one of 36 colleges and universities from across Canada competing under blue skies but with near-freezing temperatures.
The trails of the Equestrian Park in Plainville, QB provided the venue, and features a particularly interesting course, with multiple surfaces and a section in the forest. The course includes gravel, grass and sand sections, alternating between slightly undulating terrain, banks, a hill and flat portions.
This course suited the Heat well, after Mitchell, it was Owen Harris who cruised the 8-kilometre course to place 31st (27:23). The next two scoring for UBCO were bunched together with Evan Vadnai (28:22, 62nd) and Dayton Bath (28:47, 78th) finishing within 25 seconds of each other.
Perry MacKinnon of the Cégep de Sherbrooke Volontaires and Matthew Travaglini of the SAIT Trojans battled for first place. With Travaglini ultimately carved out enough of a lead to ensure the win. His Trojans teammate Jacques Saayman took third.
Bib | Name | Time | Place
Scoring for UBCO
353 | Mitchell, Michael | 26:37.9 | 13
351 | Harris, Owen | 27:23.1 | 31
355 | Vadnai, Evan | 28:22.3 | 62
350 | Bath, Dayton | 28:47.5 | 78
352 | Middleton, Quinn | 28:58.8 | 93
354 | Spice, Alex | 29:13.7 | 97
UBC Okanagan's finishes at the CCAA national cross country championships (M | W)
2017 (10th | 3rd) @ Collège Lionel-Groulx, Equestrian Park, Blainville, QB | LINK |
2016 (12th | 1st) @ Sault College, Crimson Ridge Course, Sault Ste. Marie, ON | LINK |
2015 (10th | 2nd) @ St. Lawrence College, Memorial Park, Brockville, ON | LINK |
2014 (7th | 5th) @ SAIT, Confederation Park, Calgary, AB | LINK |
2013 (10th | 1st) @ Humber College, Humber Arboretum, Etobicoke, ON. | LINK |
2012 (10th | 4th) @ Ste. Lambert, Parc Michel-Chartrand in Longueuil, QB | LINK |
2011 (13th | 13th) @ Thompson Rivers, MacArthur Island Park, Kamloops, BC | LINK |
Top individual finishes (Top 20) at national championships - Heat men
2017 8K: Michael Mitchell (13th, 26:38)
2016 8K: None
2015 8K: None
2014 8K: Cael Warner (13th, 28:22)
2013 8K: None
2012 8K: None
2011 8K: None