The UBC Thunderbirds made their presence felt in the team's second race of the season with the NAIA No. 1-ranked women coming away with the team victory while the men settled for a fourth place at the 39th annual Charles Bowles Invitational, hosted by Willamette University.
Maria Bernard came away with the victory in the women's gold race running 17:21 for the 5km race leading the team to a convincing victory, placing all five scorers in the top 10. Amelie De Fenoyl impressed as she ran to a third-place finish with a time of 17:42. Maggie Woodward and Rhiannon Evans rounded out the top five placing fourth and fifth, respectively. The two fifth-years snuck under the 18-minute barrier running 17:54 and 17:55. Micha Gutmanis placed ninth overall and was the 'Birds final scorer in a time of 18:08.
The University of Victoria Vikes men's and women's cross-country teams got off to an excellent start in the same meet. The Vikes men finished the 8-km race in first with an average time of 24:41.23, while the women finished second overall in their 5-km race with an average time of 18:13.62.
Third-year standout Ryan Cassidy dominated the field with a 24:15.81 time to take first place in the men's race ahead of Oregon Tech's Paul Adams (24:19.60). Also placing in the top of the pile was Dylan Haight in fourth (24:39.58), Josh Clouthier in seventh (24:48.98), Kyle Irvine in eighth (24:49.68) and Patrick Psotka in 10th (24:50.10).