UBC track off to Burnaby for Emilie Mondor Invitational


Vancouver, BC – The UBC Thunderbirds track and field team travels to Burnaby Mountain this Saturday for the Emilie Mondor Invitational hosted by SFU. The meet marks the third in three weeks for the T-Birds as the team prepares for both the Mt. Sac Relays next week and NAIA nationals in May.
The women’s 4x800m relay kicks off the meet at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday morning at Terry Fox Field, while the men’s javelin is slated to begin the field events at 12 p.m. noon.
In the sprints, typical javelin thrower Connor Smith is set to line up in the men’s 100m, alongside freshmen Philip Ireri and Mark Coles. In the field events, the T-Birds are represented well with at least one athlete in all disciplines, highlighted by Oded Aminov in the men’s triple jump. Aminov currently has the NAIA ‘B’ standard in the event after jumping 14.29 metres in his Thunderbirds outdoor debut on March 28.
A pair of T-Birds are featured in the women’s 1500m including Brianna Cairns, and Madelyn Brunt, both of who are coming off national qualifying standards in the 3000m steeplechase last weekend at the UBC Invitational. Rookie Nicole Lacis will toe the line for the women’s 3000m steeplechase, representing the only Thunderbird in that event.
Heptathletes Julia Hawkins, Vanora Guerard, and Britney Hearn will compete in individual events on Saturday, competing in combinations of the triple jump, long jump, shot put, and javelin.
UBC also has six relay squads set for the weekend, represented on both the men and women’s sections competing in the 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, and finally the 4x800m relay.
Athletes will vie for national qualifying standards in their respective events, with the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluding the 2015 season May 21-23 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Currently a total of 23 standards have been met by UBC Thunderbirds for nationals and the team will look to add to that total on Saturday in Burnaby, BC.