VANCOUVER – The UBC Okanagan Heat cross country team travelled to Vancouver this past weekend to compete in the Vancouver Spirit Run at Jericho Beach Park.
With close to 40 athletes running in the event, the Heat were well represented as runners competed in both six-kilometer and eight-kilometer distances.
Leading the way for the Heat in the eight-kilometer races were fifth-year senior Joanna Brown of Carp, Ont., and rookie Owen Lloyd of Cambridge, Ont.
Brown, the reigning Canada West champion, finished second overall in the women's race as she ran a time of 30 minutes, 43 seconds. Brown crossed the line less than 30 seconds behind the race winner, Kiana Gibson from the UBC Thunderbirds.
Two other members of the women's team finished inside the Top 10 at the event including second-year Kristen Smith of Georgetown, Ont., who was sixth in a time of 31:37, while fifth-year transfer Emily Simpson of Creston, B.C., crossed the line in 10th in 31:55.
In the men's competition, Lloyd shone in his first eight-kilometer race for the Heat as he finished in a time of 28:05, tops among under-20 runners and 12th overall in the distance.
Finishing just behind Lloyd in 13th was second-year Joshua Milliken of Frederick, Md., with a time of 28:16 while rookie Isaac Baker of Surrey, B.C., was 18th in 28:36.
The Heat will now begin preparations for their first meet against Canada West competition on Saturday, October 8 when they travel back to the lower mainland for the Trinity Western Invitational.
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