Simon Fraser junior harrier Olivia Willett (left) has been the top Clan finisher over its past eight races dating back to last season. On Saturday, she leads her team at the NCAA D2 West Regionals in Monmouth, Ore. (Photo property of Central Washington University athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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Clan cross-country captain Olivia Willett embraces team aspects of her sport as SFU junior harrier leads her team to NCAA West Regionals

BURNABY — Ask any collegiate cross-country runner about the most unique aspects of their sport, and they will talk with passion about the power of the pack, and how each individual’s best performance is first-and-foremost a way to raise the level of the entire team.“You want to run with your teammates, not against them,” says […]

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PODCAST — The VL Pod is back, celebrating a big anniversary for Abby Panthers football, and a new cross-country season for the SFU Clan

Varsity Letters — The Podcast is back with episode No. 2 in our re-launch. This week, we open our show with a high school football theme, celebrating Saturday’s 35th anniversary of the Abbotsford Panthers’ 1984 B.C. championship win over the Notre Dame Jugglers. Paul Gill, Denis Kelly and Jalem Catlin are all a part of […]

Having not thrown the javelin since late in her high school career six years ago, Simon Fraser redshirt senior Lauren Fridman nonetheless qualified for the NCAA Div. 2 national championships beginning Thursday in Texas. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Simon Fraser Clan athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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SFU’s Lauren Fridman: How a second-chance wind swept the Clan senior and her rookie javelin all the way to NCAA nationals

BURNABY — Lauren Fridman always felt she had a second wind as a collegiate athlete, yet she never figured it would be strong enough to sweep her off her feet and give her the ride of a lifetime.

Simon Fraser could send as many as five steeplechase athletes to the NCAA Div. 2 national championships later this month. They are (left to right) Julia Howley, Chelsea Ribeiro, Olivia Willett, Aaron Ahl and Pierre Louis-Detourbe. (Photo by Brad McLeod property of SFU Athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Photo rendition of SFU's new stadium project shows just what a Thursday night GNAC match involving the Clan's women's soccer team might look like once the covered grandstand project is completed in August of 2020. (Photo rendition property of SFU Athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 […]