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Men’s cross country finishes sixth at Canada West Championships

Connor Baerg earned a Canada West Second Team All-Star award following a 14th place finish in Saskatoon on Saturday (Photo Credit: Huskie Athletics/GetMyPhoto.ca)
Connor Baerg earned a Canada West Second Team All-Star award following a 14th place finish in Saskatoon on Saturday (Photo Credit: Huskie Athletics/GetMyPhoto.ca)

SASKATOON – Led by Connor Baerg, the UBC Okanagan Heat men's cross country team earned a sixth place finish at the 2021 Canada West Championships on Saturday afternoon at Victoria Park.

The Heat, who were competing as a team at the Canada West Championships for just the second time, improved two spots on their showing from 2019 when they finished eighth out of nine teams competing.

Baerg, a second-year runner from Burlington, Ont., was impressive for the Heat in his second appearance at the conference championships. After finishing 40th as a rookie, the Science major raced to a 14th place finish, posting a time of 25 minutes, 58.1 seconds. That performance earned him a Canada West Second Team All-Star award, becoming the second member of the Heat to earn that recognition.

Rookie Joel Worman of Kelowna, B.C., was the other member of the Heat to crack the Top 50 as he finished 47th in 27:22.4.

Baerg will be the lone member of the team to now head to the U SPORTS Championships as he'll compete against the best in the country in Quebec City on Saturday, November 20.

Men's Team Standings
1. UBC Thunderbirds - 24
2. Calgary Dinos - 69
3. Alberta Golden Bears - 71
4. Victoria Vikes - 80
5. Saskatchewan Huskies - 144
6. UBCO Heat - 170
7. Trinity Western Spartans - 205
8. Regina Cougars – 214

Men's Individual Results
14. Connor Baerg – 25:58.1 (Canada West Second Team All-Star)
47. Joel Worman – 27:22.4
52. Cameron Porter – 27:35.4
54. Christopher Crowe – 27:42.7
62. Joshua Miliken – 28:08.1
63. Jacob Harris – 28:16.1
65. Turner Woodroff – 28:23.2