Trojans conquer in Edmonton by winning five medals at the ACAC Championship

The SAIT Trojans indoor track team performed in their last competition of the season at the Edmonton Garrison Fitness Centre on Feb 27 to 28, hosted by Concordia University.

Both the women’s and men’s team completed six events between Friday and Saturday: 300, 600, 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000-metre races and a 4×400 metre relay.

The majority of the runners and SAIT head coach Jamie Grant commented on how the facility had a different track surface than the one they train on at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium at the University of Calgary.

“It’s a bit harder,” said Grant.

“They won’t allow us to use spikes on the surface.”

Tom Strachan, first year emergency medical technician student, and Sean Hickey, third year bachelor of business administration student, also agreed on the difficulties the track could bring to the competitors.

“It’ll be interesting to run. It comes with its downsides, but I think it’d be good,” Strachan added.

On Friday night, Sara Hewitt, second year diagnostic medical sonography, was the first Trojan runner to reach first place in the 3,000-metre race. She kept a noticeable advantage over second place with a time of 11:02:82.

“I felt relaxed because there was no one around,” Hewitt said.

“I tried to push harder but I don’t think I really did.”

The following day, Hewitt kept her streak of good luck by winning a bronze medal in the 1,500-metre race, clocking in at 5:08:88.

Matt Vrielink, second year electronics engineering technology student, ran the 3,000-metre race quickly, reaching second place in his heat, beating his own record by 15 seconds.

“It was a pretty decent race. (I was) hoping to be a little bit faster than that, but I’m still happy,” Vrielink said.

Hickey also beat his own record in the 3,000-metre race in 9 minutes 45 seconds.

“I wanted to run it a little bit faster. I gave all I had, so I can’t complain,” said Hickey.

“I’m kind of disappointed because I think I missed the SAIT record by about a second.”

In the 300-metre event, Michael Schnare finished in 38.03, achieving a bronze medal.

Becca Gould, second year new media production and design student, ran the 600-metre race, finishing first in her heat with a time of 1:43:89.

Leading that race helped her reach fourth place for the overall results (5 points).

“For the first two minutes of the race I felt pretty relaxed, pretty in the zone,” said Gould.

“After that, I knew what to do.”

At the end of the competition both teams completed a 4×400-metre relay.

Tim Huynh, first year mechanical engineering technology student, Strachan and Vrielink all won a bronze medal.

In overall points, the women’s team achieved 13 points, reaching fourth place, following Lethbridge College and Grant MacEwan University which tied for second. Grande Prairie Regional College took home first place with 55 points.

For the first two minutes of the race I felt pretty relaxed, pretty in the zone. – Becca Gould.

For the men team, SAIT reached third place with 24 points after Concordia University and Lethbridge College with 42 and 59 points respectively.

For more results about this event and another athletes accomplishments please visit the ACAC Indoor Track Championship  Live Result website.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Enrique Palacios is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2014-2015 academic year.