VANCOUVER – A dozen UBC track and field athletes will join over 1,200 NCAA competitors at this Saturday’s Husky Classic and Sunday’s University of Washington Indoor Open in Seattle. Two UBC athletes will compete Saturday and the remaining T-Birds will be in action on Sunday as the indoor season concludes at the Dempsey Indoor Center situated on the University of Washington’s main campus.
The two featured races on Saturday include Justin Kent (Surrey, B.C.) in section three of the men’s 3000 metres (12:45 p.m.) and Maria Bernard (Calgary) in section four of the women’s 3000 metres (4:25 p.m.). Bernard is fresh off a 9:31.08, personal best clocking in that event set two weekends ago at the Armory Invitational in New York City. Meanwhile, Kent looks to build on an 8:09.45 lifetime best, which he set at the 2015 UW Indoor Preview earlier this season.
The distance-heavy events continue on Sunday, as the UW Indoor Open takes place, with UBC runners in the men’s 600m, women’s 800m, men’s 1-mile, and the 3000m. Kent will be the only T-Bird competing on both Saturday and Sunday as the fourth-year veteran contests the 1-mile in the second of his two races.
Though he’ll be in different sections, joining Kent in both the 1-mile and 3000m is former UBC standout Luc Bruchet, who will be coming out of the woodwork to make his season debut. The sub four-minute miler is fresh off a six-week stint in Australia, where he was situated for a high performance training camp.
Both the men and women’s 3000m will be well represented on the UBC front as Kirsten Lee (Port Coquitlam, B.C.), Madelyn Brunt (Victoria, B.C.), Nicole Lacis (White Rock, B.C.) and Brianna Cairns (Anmore, B.C.) join John Gay (Kelowna, B.C.) and Michael Bourgeois (Stouffville, Ont.) in the nine and three-quarter lap event.
This weekend’s festivities will be the final indoor race of the season for the Thunderbirds before taking time off before the outdoor season gets underway in March.