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Heat women uphold top ranking in cross country
UBC Okanagan Heat women’s cross country team came out on top at Alberta Colleges Athletic Association (ACAC) Grand Prix #3 on Saturday in Edmonton. The Heat team proved its No. 1 ranking early in the week was no fluke, showing their depth in the 5 km race hosted by Concordia University College of Alberta.
With a score of 41 points, the UBC Okanagan women bested all Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) teams at the meet, SAIT from Calgary trailed the Heat with 44 points, third went to Lethbridge College at 58.
Continuing her role as front-runner, Sandra Kilmartin was the sixth collegiate runner in 20:16. Not far behind were Michelle Blackburne in nitth (20:33), Alea Stockton in 11th (21:02) and Anna Merino in 15th (21:31). Displacers were Julianna Neudorf in 17th (21:39) and Trisha Metro in 19th (21:43).
The course, although very hilly compared to the terrain the Heat had grown accustomed too, did not seem to alter the team’s strategy as they ran a very tight race; with the six Heat runners travelling the first kilometre with only a five-second spread from the first to sixth Heat runner.
“Our depth is what makes us so strong,” explains coach Nikki Reiter.
Out of 81 collegiate runners, all six Heat runners came in within a spread of 13 places.
“With the objective of cross country team running being to produce the lowest combined score of the top four runners, many programs depend on having one extremely fast girl to lower their overall score,” continues Reiter. “We are fortunate that we have the flexibility to have a different makeup of scorers each race."