VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds track and field teams began the 2015 season at the University of Washington Indoor Preview meet in Seattle on Saturday, an event highlighted by a string of top-10 and personal-best performances.
On the men’s side, Justin Kent (Surrey) placed seventh overall in the men’s 3,000 metres, with a time of eight minutes and 9.45 seconds.
Racing beside American Olympian Ryan Bailey in the 60-metre dash, Stephen Abosi of Gaborone, Botswana, finished third in his heat, and eighth overall in the preliminaries, in a personal-best 6.88 seconds. That time was good enough for a spot in the final but Abosi had to scratch because of a hip injury. The third-year sprinter was 14th in the 200 metres (22.60).
Oded Aminov (Richmond) leaped to a ninth-place finish in the triple jump, with his attempt measuring 13.87 metres, a new personal best by 70 centimetres.
Michael Przystupa took 8.79 seconds to complete his 60m-hurdle race, which was good enough for 18th place in the qualification preliminaries. It was the fastest time the Kirkland, Wash., native has recorded in the 60m hurdles.
Barrie, Ont., native Mackenzie Koopmans was 23rd in the shot put with his best throw reaching 10.60m.
In the men’s 400 metres, Thomas Kellner of Calgary won his heat in 50.86 and placed 25th overall. It was his best indoor time in this event, and five seconds better than his performance on the same track two years ago.
On the women’s side, Vancouver’s Devan Wiebe ran in the fastest heat of the 600 metres, finishing in a time of 1:33.06, which placed her eighth overall.
In the 3,000m run, Amelie de Fenoyl of Toronto led the UBC contingent in 21st place (10:00.43), followed by Madelyn Brunt (Victoria) in 37th at 10:24.21 and Port Coquitlam’s Kirsten Lee in 40th (10:28.87).
Julia Hawkins of Vancouver was 24th in the triple jump (10.53m) and 38th in the long jump (4.61m).
UBC track and field will return to Seattle in two weeks for the University of Washington Invitation on Saturday, January 31.