Kamloops, BC- The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack cross country team has added another strong athlete to its squad. Head coach Carmin Mazzotta and the WolfPack have announced that 5’6” recent South Kamloops Secondary grad Josh Ogilvie will run for the program this fall.
Ogilvie is a triathlete. He has competed the last 10 years and was the 2016 U-23 BC Triathalon champion.
“I am very excited to run for TRU,” Ogilvie says. “It will be a great opportunity to meet some new people from different schools and to get in some good training and racing.”
Ogilvie ran with the Kamloops Track and Field team under former Olympian Gary Reed. “I ran cross country, indoor and outdoor seasons,” he adds.
Ogilvie will be taking courses aimed at earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Thompson Rivers. “ Running at the USport level won’t be a big jump for me as I have competed in several international level triathlon events including the 2015 CAMTRI Junior Pan American Cup in Edmonton, Alberta.”
Says Coach Mazzotta: “”Josh is a standout triathlete who has really honed in on his running over the past couple of years. He joined the Kamloops Track and Field Club, which helped improve his form and build his speed. He wants to focus on his running almost exclusively this fall while running with the Wolfpack in his first year of university, which is a huge treat for us.”
He also says: “Josh will contribute immediately. We’ve had a solid recruiting class on the men’s side, including Jaydin Haskins, Troy Morgan (Hythe, AB – Beaverlodge Regional), and now Josh. With Tony Kiprop returning after a year’s absence, and Conlan Sprickerhoff, Liam McGrath and Nik Rampen all back, it’s hard to say at this point what our top 5 will look like come October. The increased competitive level will be good for everyone.”
And Mazzotta goes onto to say: “”It’s an exciting year with U Sports Nationals at UVIC — it takes a minimum of 5 athletes to score as a team, and we will be bringing full scoring squads on both the men’s and women’s sides to the national championships for the first time. This is another step in the evolution of our program, and we intend to make it a solid one.”
Other cross country recruits for the 2017-18 season are: Samantha Loewen (5’5” Vernon, BC-Vernon Secondary, Vernon Amateur Athletic Association), Jaydin Haskins (5’7”, Smithers, BC-Smithers Secondary), and April Read (5’9”, Kamloops, BC-Sa-hali Secondary).