VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds track and field team kicked off its reading break by racing at the Husky Classic and the University of Washington Indoor Open in Seattle. Justin Kent and Maria Bernard raced on Saturday in the Classic, both in the 3000 metres, while nine others competed on Sunday during the Open. In addition, two athletes set NAIA ‘A’ standards on Sunday racing on the roads in Vancouver.
Bernard, the senior from Calgary, improved on her lifetime best Saturday, running 9:26.59 in the women’s 3000 metres, good for fifth in section four. Kent, from Surrey, B.C., was fourth in section three of the men’s 3000, running 8:11.87 while UBC alumus Luc Bruchet ran 8:01.41 in the top section. Kent also won the men’s 1-mile on Sunday posting a time of 4:08.63.
In the middle distance events, Christopher Dong (Vancouver) ran 1:24.12 finishing second in section four of the men’s 600m. Stephanie Dacre (Surrey, B.C.) set an indoor personal best in the women’s 800m running 2:15.03, good for second place in the first of five sections.
Kirsten Lee threatened the 10-minute barrier on Sunday coming within a few seconds of the mark, placing 10th in her section of the women’s 3000m, running a huge lifetime indoor best of 10:03.10. In the same section, Madelyn Brunt (Victoria, B.C.) finished in a time of 10:17.36. In section two, Brianna Cairns (Anmore, B.C.) was fifth in a time of 10:26.92 while Nicole Lacis (White Rock, B.C.) was 14th with a 10:40.96 performance.
In the men’s 3000 metres, John Gay (Kelowna, B.C.) raced to an 8:45.37 clocking while Michael Bourgeois (Stouffville, Ont.) checked in at 8:58.75.
Also on Sunday, Will Cliff (Vancouver) and Amelie de Fenoyl (Toronto) booked their tickets to the 2015 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Alabama with a pair of half-marathon performances Sunday. Cliff eclipsed the NAIA ‘A’ standard by 70 seconds, running 1 hour, 10 minutes and 53 seconds while de Fenoyl surpassed the standard by nearly 10 minutes running 1 hour 20 minutes. Both performances were set at the Vancouver First Half Half Marathon Sunday morning.
Thus concludes the indoor season, with the team taking a one-month hiatus before racing again in late March at the UBC Open.