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RECAP: Consistent improvement as Heat runners race in Abbotsford

RECAP: Consistent improvement as Heat runners race in Abbotsford

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – An improvement from last year's results at the BC Cross Country Championships, bodes well for the future for the young Heat men's cross country team, but the team was once again led by Michael Mitchell.

| BC Cross Country Championship Website | Results | University Results |

Mitchell, the fourth year runner from Kimberly, BC, finished the event 25th overall on Saturday at Clearbrook Park in Abbotsford, running the 4-lap, 8-kilometre track in 23:45, that was the 10th best time for university athletes.

The annual race with a field of 106 runners saw improved results from every Heat runner from last year running the same race. Mitchell himself improved his time by 1:43 from 2017.

Head coach John Machuga was pleased with his team. "In the men's race Mike Mitchell had his most complete race ever. He started better than he has before and maintained his positioning throughout the race.  During the final lap he moved up substantially to finish in 25th place." 

"Owen Harris and Turner Woodroff tucked into the pack and finished in 49th and 52nd place," Machuga noted of the second and first year runners respectively from OKM. "Just like last year Alex Spice saved his best race of the year for the provincial championships. He moved up consistently throughout the race to finish in 58th place," he finished.

This group of runners helped the Heat men's team place fifth in the field on the eight-kilometre track. 

Owen Harris, the second UBCO athlete across in 49th place improved his time by 1:20 to cross the line at 25:15, 17th for university runners. Woodroff was with Harris the entire race and was the 18th runner to finish in a time of (25:31).

An improvement of 1:25 from 2017 for Alex Spice (26:08) had him as the fourth Heat runner and he was the 21st university runner and 58th overall.

First year runner for the Heat Luke Forsyth (27:03) and Lake Country's Austin White (28:17) were displacers for UBC Okanagan. 

What's next:

Three of the Heat runners will be heading to the U SPORTS national championship on Saturday, November 10th in Kingston, Ont. hosted by Queen's University.

This will be the first ever U SPORTS event for the Heat and the top three, Mike Mitchell, Owen Harris, and Turner Woodroff will make the trek can compete in Ontario.

| Championship Website |

HEAT RACE RESULTS 8KM (University placing)

Lap 1
Lap 2
Lap 3
Lap 4
10th Michael Mitchell 5:17 6:04 6:05 6:00 23:45
17th Owen Harris 5:28 6:29 6:33 6:26 25:15
18th Turner Woodroff 5:31 6:30 6:38 6:32 25:31
21st Alexander Spice 6:03 6:41 6:37 6:29 26:08
25th Luke Forsyth 5:37 6:54 7:07  7:05 27:03
29th Austin White 6:06 7:08 7:24 7:15 28:17