Brentwood College's Sion Griffiths battled injury and some pretty tight scheduling this past weekend to win silver medals at both the B.C. high school rugby, and track and field championships. (Photos by Jeff Sargeant (left) and Howard Tsumura property of UBC athletics, VarsityLetters.ca)
After a late start to her university track career, Salmon Arm's Sandra Kilmartin wraps up her career this weekend with her third straight trip to the NAIA national championships in Alabama. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
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UBC’s Sandra Kilmartin: From humblest of beginnings to NAIA nationals, ‘Birds runner has her own recipe for success

VANCOUVER — There is an old saying about how a favourite recipe, in some way, can tell the story about the family from which it came.That’s especially true, as you will discover, in the case of UBC Thunderbirds’ senior middle-distance runner Sandra Kilmartin.Yet if you ask the dietetics major — a foodie with a pay-it-forward […]

UBC Thunderbirds' Kieran Lumb (left) and Jesse Hooton helped lead the blue and gold to its first-ever NAIA men's cross country title two weekends ago in Vancouver, Wash. (Steve Dipaola/Dipaola Photography Inc.)
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Despite its NAIA stronghold, UBC cross-country sees the bigger picture in seeking switch to U Sports for 2018

VANCOUVER — Taken as a whole, from its efforts in the fall on the trails, to its spring-time results on the track, it’s a pretty safe bet to say that there has never been a more prolific period in the concurrent history of the UBC Thunderbirds cross-country, and track and field programs.

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, […]

Maple Ridge's Jamie Hennessey, a UBC bound athlete, helped her Ramblers win gold in the 4x400, relay Saturday in Langley. (Varsity Letters photo by Wilson Wong/UBC athletics)
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UBC’s top-of-the-charts recruiting class is filled with records, solid-gold performances

VANCOUVER — It might not be a once-in-a-lifetime recruiting class, but if you want to call it that, it’s not hard to find the numbers to make your argument.