In the teams first ever U-Sports Race, they were able to take down their competition, the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Wolfpack.
After 7 years of contending in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), the UBCO team was promoted to the U-Sports league. In the more competitive U-Sports league, the Heat will be competing against Canada’s top Universities.
On September 29th, the Heat took on the Wolfpack in a dual-team race at the UBCO Invitation held at Mission Creek Park. “We had a game plan between me, Mike [Mitchell] and Turner [Woodroff]. We were going to try and run the kick out of the TRU guys’ legs,” said Heat member Owen Harris.
The team was successful in their strategy, finishing the race with a podium sweep. “About half way through, we made a big move and we dropped TRU, they ran out of gas,” added Harris.
Mike Mitchell outran all others, finishing the 8 KM track in 29:28, not far behind him were Woodroff (30:18) and Harris (30:36) to help UBCO capture the gold, silver and bronze individual medals. The team also won the team event, with a confident 14-22 victory. The top 4 finishers for each team are counted, with their placement corresponding to a value, the lowest total value takes home the win. UBCO’s top 4 placements were 1st, 2nd 3rd, and 8th for a total of 14 points, compared to TRU’s 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th place finishes, which left them with 22 points.
The 2nd year Human Kinetics student, Harris, saw this as a statement win for the Heat; “It shows we can compete with the U-Sports teams”. Teammate Dayton Bath, also a 2nd year HK student saw their win in the same light. Bath said, “It was encouraging to get the notion of where we’re at as a team, before this we had been in the CCAA and did know exactly where we were. It was good to see that we can compete with these [teams] and we deserve it.”
Last weekend, the Heat headed to Victoria to compete in the Vikes Invitational at Beacon Hill Park. The team fought hard but ultimately finished 5th out of 6 competing teams. The home team Victoria Vikes brought home the trophy with a commanding 38 points. Behind them were the UBC Thunderbirds (50), Trinity Western Spartans (52), University of Regina Cougars (95), UBCO Heat (134) and TRU Wolfpack (152).
The Heat’s next race will take place at Misson Creek Park Sunday, October 21st. The Larry Nicholas Annual is a 9 km track.