CALGARY, A.B. - Heat senior Michael Mitchell made his last conference championship count as he was named a Canada West All-Star following a 14th place finish at the Canada West Championship in Calgary.
The weather conditions at Canmore Park during the race played a big part in the times at the first standalone conference championship since 1993. The course was a five-lap loop of a two-kilometre track and Mitchell stuck near the leaders, finishing in a time of 33:24. Which ended up being just over two minutes behind individual champion Stefan Daniel of the Calgary Dinos over the 10-kilometre course.
UBC Okanagan finished in the eighth spot with 184 points. That was just 16 points shy of fifth place, Regina (164, 5th), Trinity Western (180, T6th), Manitoba (180, T6th) all just squeaked in ahead of the Heat in a tight grouping of teams.
Coach John Machuga explained in more detail how close it really was in the team scoring in the sixth through eighth spots. "The teams were separated by only four points. For UBCO three of our five scorers were involved in sprint finishes where they received the same time as their competitors. In all three cases, they finished just behind their competitors," pointed out Machuga. "If you are going to lose I guess it is nice to know that it was by the narrowest of margins."
Mitchell's 14 points were added to the scores of the next four UBCO finishers, who were all packed together tightly to round out the scoring. Owen Harris cracked the top-40, finishing in the 38th spot with a time of 35:47. First-year UBCO runner Connor Baerg showed extremely well with a strong kick at the end to roll in at 35:55, 40th spot. Alex Santos (36:16, 45th) and Turner Woodroff (36:25, 47th) stayed together for most of the race to round the Heat scorers. Dayton Bath (37:00, 50th) and Austin White (37:17, 53rd) were the two UBCO displacers.
Mitchell had this to say following his All-Star performance in frigid conditions in Calgary. "Very interesting and difficult weather conditions today that included snow and heavy winds. It all added another interesting aspect to racing."
"I got into the chase pack early and began to work up through the field as groups would split due to the inclement weather. I was happy to finish in 14th and I was very excited to see the team run well, especially exciting was the huge last lap performance from first-year Connor Baerg."
Mitchell, in his fifth year and Galloway in her fourth year running cross country for the Heat, both earned conference all-stars and had this combined comment following the race.
"We would both like to acknowledge the strength of the team and coaching staff for nurturing athletes of all different levels and preparing us to compete with the best in the Canada West Conference. The UBCO cross country team and our dedicated coaches should be recognized in our development as athletes and we give them credit for our success this season. Running competitively often has its ups and downs but our coaching staff has consistently supported us holistically throughout the years as we have improved which demonstrates the strength of the program."
This is the second and final leg of the cross country portion of the Presidents' Cup competition between UBC and Thompson Rivers. The Heat men finished ahead of the TRU men and have added a second win to the UBCO side in the scoring. With only indoor sports left to score the men from UBC Okanagan now have a lead over TRU with two wins compared to one for the 'Pack. | Full scoring | History and background |
UBCO Team Score (184)
Bib | Name (Time) (Place)
103 | Michael Mitchell (33:23.6) (14th)
102 | Owen Harris (35:47.1) (38th)
100 | Connor Baerg (35:55.1) (40th)
104 | Alex Santos (36:16.9) (45th)
105 | Turner Woodroff (36:25.9) (47th)
101 | Dayton Bath (37:00.3) (50th)
106 | Austin White (37:17.8) (53rd)
CW MALE TEAM STANDINGS
1. Calgary (25 pts)
2. Alberta (72)
3. UBC (78)
4. Victoria (103)
5. Regina (164)
6. TWU (180)
7. Manitoba (180)
8. UBC Okanagan (184)
9. Thompson Rivers (252)
Not enough finishers to score: Saskatchewan, MacEwan
CW MALE INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Top 7 first-team all-stars, 8-14 2nd team all-stars
1. Stefan Daniel, CGY, 31:28.53
2. Russell Pennock, CGY, 32:00.49
3. Kieran Lumb, UBC, 32:14.81
4. Matthew Travaglini, CGY
5. Nick Colyn, TWU
6. Max Thiessen, CGY
7. Brandon Vail, VIC
8. Thomas Broatch, UBC
9. Matthew Hope, ALB
10. Royden Radowits, ALB
11. Riley Stuermer, ALB
12. Eric Lutz, CGY
13. Jonathan Guidinger, CGY
14. Mike Mitchell, UBCO
CW MALE CONFERENCE AWARDS:
Athlete of the Year: Stefan Daniel, CGY
Rookie of the Year: Ron MacLean, REG (15th place)
S-A Community: Eric Lutz, CGY
Coach of the Year: Doug Lamont, CGY
UBCO men's cross country history
Top individual and Top 20 finishes at a Canada West (CW) conference championship / U SPORTS or CCAA national championship - Heat men
2019 10K: Michael Mitchell (14th, 33:23.6) - CW (2nd Team All-Star)
2018 10K: Michael Mitchell (85th, 33:34.4) - CW
2017 8K: Michael Mitchell (13th, 26:38) - CCAA
2016 8K: Cael Warner (31st 28:08) - CCAA
2015 8K: Cael Warner (22nd, 27:45.5) - CCAA
2014 8K: Cael Warner (13th, 28:22) - CCAA
2013 8K: Nick MacLean (37th, 28:37) - CCAA
2012 8K: Colin Wallace (23rd, 27:07) - CCAA
2011 8K: David Harbocian (55th, 29:29) - CCAA
UBC Okanagan's team finishes at the Canada West (CW) / U SPORTS national cross country championships (M)
UBC Okanagan's team finishes at the CCAA national cross country championships (M)
2017 (10th) @ Collège Lionel-Groulx, Equestrian Park, Blainville, QB | LINK |
2016 (12th) @ Sault College, Crimson Ridge Course, Sault Ste. Marie, ON | LINK |
2015 (10th) @ St. Lawrence College, Memorial Park, Brockville, ON | LINK |
2014 (7th) @ SAIT, Confederation Park, Calgary, AB | LINK |
2013 (10th) @ Humber College, Humber Arboretum, Etobicoke, ON. | LINK |
2012 (10th) @ Ste. Lambert, Parc Michel-Chartrand in Longueuil, QB | LINK |
2011 (13th) @ Thompson Rivers, MacArthur Island Park, Kamloops, BC | LINK |