Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s cross country program continues to grow and intensify.
With the likes of Conlan Sprickerhoff (Williams Lake, BC) and Liam McGrath (Vernon, BC) set to return for the 2017-18 Canada West season, head coach Carmin Mazzotta has added a first year runner with a lot of potential.
The WolfPack and Mazzotta are pleased to announce that Jaydin Haskins of Smithers, BC has joined the program effective September 1st. Haskins is set to graduate this June from Smithers Secondary School and will be enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program at Thompson Rivers. He plans to major in Mathematics.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the WolfPack,” said Haskins. “Competing at the USport level was something I never thought I could do. I look forward to my student/athlete experience. I am so excited for the opportunity to be a student/athlete this fall.
Haskins was 34th at the BC High School cross country provincials in 2016 in West Kelowna (clocking a personal best time of 27:02) and was part of a team which finished third at the 2015 BC cross country provincials.
Jody Barber has been Hoskins cross country coach for the last five years at Smithers Secondary. “ Jaydin has always been a hardworking athlete. I would say that over the years, he has developed more confidence as an athlete and in his own potential. He doesn’t set limits on himself and this has really allowed him to train hard, train smart and excel in the sport. He sets the bar high, really pushes himself to reach the goals he sets, and doesn’t easily give up. I expect this to continue in his post-secondary efforts.”
She adds:” Jaydin is the epitome of perseverance. When it’s time to work hard, he really works hard. His overall results at his first running provincials weren’t great but he learned from that experience, continued to train to the best of his abilities and quickly moved up the pack. Jaydin has grit and isn’t easily deterred from the work required to push through and excel. He is also an excellent team member
. He knows how to galvanize people and get them excited and engaged. He is supportive of others efforts and is a very positive person.”
While Coach Mazzotta states:” Jaydin is exactly the kind of runner that we are trying to recruit right now to TRU. He improved from 77th in Grade 11 to 34th in Grade 12 at the BC High School XC Champs, and has only been running competitively for a couple of years. He hasn’t had a consistent, year-round training program and has produced results both in cross country and on the track. He’s a focused, intelligent athlete with a lot of potential in the sport. I look forward to him training and racing with our men’s group. “
Haskins is a multi-sport athlete. He played basketball in high school and won the provincial high school snowboarding championship at Whistler in March.
He is the second committed signee to the WolfPack cross country team for 2017-18 joining Samantha Loewen (5’5” Vernon, BC-Vernon Secondary, Vernon Amateur Athletic Association).
More recruit announcements are expected in the coming weeks.