KELOWNA, BC- The men's and women's UBC Okanagan cross country teams competed this past weekend in the second straight TRU- UBCO cross-country dual meet on Quail Ridge trails in Kelowna, right beside the UBC Okanagan campus.
With the second weekend of the season underway, Kelowna's rainy weekend brought on challenges for both teams as the course was filled with uphill obstacles for both teams to overcome. Although the weekend brought on unexpected cold weather, the Heat were able to excel and continue to prove their training over the summer months had paid off.
In the women's four kilometre course the Heat took home the gold, with second year UBCO standout Veronika Fagan (West Kelowna, BC) leading the way for the women with her 2nd win of the season, covering the 4km course in 15:18. Teammates Anna Merino (Calgary, AB), Josie Storey, and Camille Galloway placed 3rd, 4th, and 6th respectively to give the women a score of 14 points. The TRU women showed just how strong the program is becoming under head coach Carmin Mazzotta, with finishes of 2nd, 5th, 7th and 8th overall for a total score of 22 points.
In the men's collegiate division, the Heat battled with Thompson Rivers for the win as both teams tied with 18 points a piece. UBCO runners finished the 6km course in 2nd (Cael Warner), 3rd (Michael Mitchell), 6th (Sam Goodrich), and 7th (Cailan Libby).
With the second weekend of competition finished the Heat are now preparing for their third meet of the season which will take place on Sunday (Oct. 16). At Mission Creek Park in Kelowna.
The ten kilometre start time for the men will start at is 9:20 a.m. and the women, who run a five kilometre course, at 9 a.m.
~ Tia Sadler // UBC Okanagan Heat