Saskatoon, SK. - Both UBC Okanagan cross country teams delivered strong performances on Saturday at Victoria Park in Saskatoon.
The Heat ran an eight-kilometre track alongside athletes from the University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta, Univerisity of Manitoba, and the University of Regina.
Both men's and women's athletes from all five Canada West Universities wore orange shirts this Saturday in solidarity with Indigenous communities. Orange Shirt Day is done to honour survivors of residential schools and educate people on how it affects Indigenous people across Canada.
Read more about Orange Shirt Day and the Huskies' involvement here: | CBC News Story |
With a time of 26:57, Michael Mitchell came fifth overall and propelled the Heat to a fourth-place finish.
Through most of the race, the men stayed close to each other with six of them finishing within 74 seconds.
The winner of the men's race were the Alberta Golden Bears who had the top three finishers on the day. Led by individual winner Royden Radowits who's 26:18 was good for a two-second win over his teammate.
Fifth-year Camille Galloway finished first for the women's race at the University of Saskatchewan Sled Dog Open. She clocked in at 32:05, just five seconds ahead of Kaitlyn Harrison of the Huskies to win UBCO's first-ever individual race in the Canada West conference.
Galloway, who graduated two years ago with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, returned this year to do her Masters in Nursing. When asked if she was surprised to nab her first career win, or if she thought she would be within the lead pack she answered that she "Was cautiously hopeful and I was pretty comfortable going into the race." Galloway paced in behind the leader for the first 5k, after taking the lead she held pace right until the finish.
The women's team finished third overall with 61 total points. Due to a mid-race injury, the Heat had no displacers running for them but pushed through for a strong finish on Saturday in Saskatoon, S.K.
Rachel Garrett powered through in the last three kilometres to be part of the top 20. First-year Megan Braun finished just behind Nicole Chamberlain after pushing by competitors in the last kilometre.
Head Coach John Machuga was happy with the results and strong effort.
"The women dug deep and everyone finished stronger in the second half of the race passing their competitors," Machuga stated.
The Alberta Pandas took home the team trophy as five of their competitors finished inside the top-10.
- 5th - Michael Mitchell - 26:57
- 28th - Turner Woodroff - 28:37
- 30th - Owen Harris - 28:39
- 34th - Connor Baerg - 29:06
- 36th - Alex Santos - 29:18
- 38th - Dayton Bath - 29:24
- 43rd - Austin White - 29:51
- 1st - Camille Galloway - 32:05
- 17th - Rachel Garrett - 35:02
- 22nd - Kate Milne - 35:28
- 28th - Nicole Chamberlain - 36:18
- 30th - Megan Braun - 36:39
The entire group of Canada West Cross Country athletes in their orange racing pinnies for the special event. (GetMyPhoto.ca)