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SAIT Trojans win silver at CCAA Cross-Country Running Nationals

SAIT Trojans logo Update: Nov. 13, 2014

Congratulations to the SAIT Trojans women's cross-country running team who won the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association National silver medal!

The two-day CCAA Cross-Country Running National Championship (Nov.7-8) was the largest national athletic event ever hosted by the SAIT Trojans, with nearly 300 participating student-athletes, coaches and delegates from Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

Calgary, AB — The SAIT Trojans have named their 12 runners for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Cross-Country Running Championships, hosted by SAIT.

Trojans head coach Jamie Grant selected the six men and six women who will race against the country's best cross-country runners on Nov. 8 at Confederation Park.

SAIT Trojans women's team

SAIT Trojan's women's CCAA National Cross-Country team

Left to right:

  • Sara Hewitt (2nd year, Calgary, Alta., Diagnostic Medical Sonography)
  • Meg Jorgensen (2nd year, Olds, Alta., Medical Radiation Technology)
  • Kate Sloan (4th year, Calgary, Alta., Architectural Technologies)
  • Jayme Nagy (2nd year, Weyburn, Sask., Medical Radiation Technology)
  • Becca Gould (2nd year, Calgary, Alta., New Media Production and Design)
  • Alison McPherson (3rd year, Winnipeg, Man., Environmental Technology)

The women's team is fresh off a silver medal performance at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Championships on Oct. 25 in Fort McMurray. The team is currently third in the country based on the latest CCAA rankings, behind Humber College and top-ranked Grande Praire Regional College.

"I think we have a really good group going into Nationals," says Grant. "They all performed well in Fort McMurray and there are a couple of girls on the team that are waiting for their breakout race, and I think they're ready to do it at Nationals. We're looking for a good performance on the women's side."

Trojans women's team claimed silver at the 2013 National Championship at Humber College in Toronto.

SAIT Trojans men's team

SAIT Trojan's men's CCAA National Cross-Country team

Left to right:

  • Thomas Strachan (1st year, Cochrane, Alta., Emergency Medical Technician)
  • Matthew Vrielink (2nd year, Calgary, Alta., Electronics Engineering Technology)
  • Sean Hickey (3rd year, Calgary, Alta., Bachelor of Business Administration)
  • Michael Schnare (1st year, Caronport, Sask., Emergency Medical Technician)
  • David Greer (1st year, Whitehorse, Yukon, Architectural Technologies)
  • Carson Gunn (1st year, Crowsnest Pass, Alta., Power Engineering Technology)

The men's team came home with a bronze medal at the ACAC Championships - the team is ranked 12th overall by CCAA heading into the National race.

"If everything had gone right at the ACAC Championships, we could have won gold," Grant says about his men's team. "That gives them confidence, and they're all hungry to go in and race well. We're going to try and push for a medal."

The Trojans men's team placed sixth at last year's Nationals.

SAIT hosts the CCAA National Cross-Country Running Championships Nov.7-8.

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