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Varsity Letters PODCAST visits with Laurier Primeau of UBC track, Ray Moon of Sun Devils football & Tom Lowndes of UFV men’s soccer

Welcome back, loyal listeners, to another episode of Varsity Letters — The Podcast, Canada’s only weekly podcast dedicated solely to the coverage of provincial and university high school sports. This week, our three guests are: *UBC’s Laurier Primeau, the head coach of Thunderbirds’ cross-country, and track and field, reflecting on last spring’s dual national championships, […]

Born to jump, Claremont's Rebecca Dutchak has a ceiling as high as any incoming university freshman in the nation. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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The Natural: Still raw and untested, Claremont’s UBC-bound Rebecca Dutchak looks ready to jump off the charts

Rebecca Dutchak always suspected she had been given the gift of jump, but it wasn’t until she took a leap of faith that she discovered her grace over gravity.

For the first time in program history, the UBC Thunderbirds track and field team won two national titles on the same day. (Photo by Jeff Sargeant property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
UBC Thunderbirds' sophomore Jamie Hennessey (55) posted the fastest NAIA time this season in the 3,000m steeplechase, despite her Type 1 diabetes. (Photo by UBC athletics copyright 2019. All rights reserved).
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UBC’s Jamie Hennessey: Despite her Type 1 diabetes, Thunderbirds’ courageous sophomore sits among the NAIA’s steeplechase elite

VANCOUVER — If you had asked Jamie Hennessey five years ago if she was capable of having a day like the one she had last month, she would have nodded a decisive “No.”

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, […]