Simon Fraser's Olivia Willett (left) and Addy Townsend have trained to be at their best when they take to the line Saturday for the NCAA Div. 2 national cross-country championship race in Pittsburgh. (Photo courtesy Simon Fraser athletics)
Feature University Cross Country

The long & short of it! Clan tradition of track-to-trail excellence continues Saturday in NCAA national XC title race

BURNABY — When the Simon Fraser Clan hit the road to ‘Rep the Leaf’ as the only non-U.S. school in the entire NCAA, they’re so often sought out by curious rival coaches and student-athletes.

Simon Fraser Clan captain Rowan Doherty says he and his teammates have run with no regrets this season as they attempt to return to the 2018 NCAA Div. 2 national cross-country championships Dec. 1 in Pittsburgh. (Photo courtesy Simon Fraser Clan athletics)
Feature University Cross Country

The Run for Redemption: Spurred by 2017’s crushing national title-race snub, SFU Clan men’s X-C hits its NCAA high-water mark

BURNABY — They are a pretty easy team to pull for. Like the late Terry Fox himself, they too are distance runners in training, making the rounds on many days in-and-around the athletic facilities which now bear his name and sit on the same part of the Burnaby Mountain campus that the iconic Canadian hero himself […]

Megan Roxby left the pack behind en route to a gold medal finish at last week's North Shore championships at Swangard Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
Feature High School Track & Field University Track and Field

West Van’s Megan Roxby: Spinal surgery? A broken leg? Nothing slows pulse & pace of Highlanders’ courageous, SFU-bound runner

WEST VANCOUVER — She hasn’t been documenting the steps of her journey, but if the running gods have, this might be the time to remind them that they’ve got a story to tell.

Sisters Dana (left) and Addy Townsend each competed at the GNAC track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Western Oregon. Both are coached by their mother, former Olympian Brit Townsend (right with Addy, photos courtesy SFU). (Photo of Townsend sisters by Gabriel Lynn property of SFU athletics)
Feature University Track and Field

The true meaning of Mother’s Day for SFU’s coach Brit and her daughters? Being together for the long run!

In the world of collegiate track and field, there are few times busier and more anticipated than the second weekend in May.Traditionally, its Friday and Saturday are reserved for major meets in the run-up to national championships.And in the case of the Simon Fraser Clan, it’s almost always the time when the team packs its […]

Simon Fraser Clan senior Miryam Bassett (513) has been rock solid in leading her team to a top five national NCAA Div. 2 cross-country ranking. (Photo courtesy UW Sundodger Invitational)
Feature University Cross Country

SFU cross-country: Coach Brit loves her ‘local girls’ as Triple Crown of GNAC, region and national meets await

BURNABY — Simon Fraser has become one of the frontrunners in the world of NCAA Div. 2 women’s cross-country running. The question now, as the 2017 season enters its Triple Crown stretch drive of conference, region and national championship races?

Simon Fraser's Julia Howley, pictured at the UW's Sundodger Invite, has finished top three in every race this season for the Clan. (Photo courtesy SFU athletics)
Feature University Cross Country

SFU’s Julia Howley: How the Clan’s free spirit found her groove on a true cross-country trek

BURNABY — At various points over the summer of 2015, Julia Howley found herself standing in place that looked like it sat on the top of the world.