UBC's Brianna Cairns navigates a steeple at the 2017 Western Washington University Ralph Vernacchia Track and Field Meet at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. (Wilson Wong/UBC athletics)
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Always making a splash, UBC’s Brianna Cairns tracks a career in marine biology

VANCOUVER — This is the story of a girl who has never been afraid to get her feet wet.In fact if you listen for the sound of a splash, you know that Brianna Cairns can’t be too far away.That’s the most apparent commonality when you’re talking about a UBC student-athlete who has followed the seemingly […]

UBC Thunderbirds' John Gay (front) will run on three continents this summer. (Richard Lam/UBC athletics)
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TSUMURA: UBC steeplechaser John Gay on the gold standard of a race that almost didn’t count

VANCOUVER — The best race of John Gay’s life almost didn’t count. Yet when you listen the UBC Thunderbirds’ third-year middle-distance sensation talk about what it meant just to get to the starting line against some of the best steeplechasers in the world at the USA Track and Field Distance Classic last month in Los Angeles, […]

Five of the top five finishers in the 2014 B.C. high school senior girls 800-metre final would end up running at Simon Fraser. They are Miryam Bassett (far left), Alana Mussatto (second left), Jasmine Gill (second right) and Sophie Dodd (kneeling). Also pictured: former-Grade 11 Addy Townsend (centre). (Photo courtesy Vid Wadhwani)
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Howie’s Big 5 weekend takeaways: SFU’s Addy and Vlad, UBC’s diamond days

The spring season in university sports circles is now in full flight.Here’s our look at five takeaways from the weekend.TALENT GALOREAs I study the continued success of Simon Fraser women’s middle distance running, I’m reminded of a story I wrote in June of 2014, in the aftermath of that season’s Subway B.C. high school track […]