Cross Country Running
The 2016-17 season will be the third for the WolfPack men's and women's cross country running teams in the CIS and Canada West. The team has participated in the PACWEST and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association in the past.
This will be the second season with Carmin Mazzotta as Head Coach. Carmin comes from a competitive running background. He was provincially and nationally ranked in his age class as a teenager before heading off to the United States to compete at a Division One NCAA university.
Returning home, the opportunity for Carmin to assist with the WolfPack came about in 2014. Longtime assistant coach Sharon Munk is back with Jonathon Shephard being added as another assistant.
The Wolfpack squads are returning several key athletes.Rachel Lobay, the Half-Marathon champion on the women's side in the 2014 Kamloops Half Marathon is expected to lead the way on the women's side.Aleisha and Christa Miller are also back but will train away from the team due to commitments with their Respiratory Therapy co-op assignments. They will race with the team though.
The men's Wolfpack squad continues to grow into a CIS caliber team. Men's Team Captain Conlan Sprickerhoff returns along with Tony Kiprop.
Several other incoming and returning runners will be aiming for a select number of spots on the men's and women's championship travel squads that will compete at the BC Cross Country Championships in Nanaimo on October 29 and the CIS Cross Country Championships at the University of Laval on November 12th. The entire team will also participate in a number of local and regional races.
Recruits for the 2016-17 campaign are:
Kurt Behnsen (Merritt, BC-Merritt Secondary), Erica Johnson (Abbotsford BC-Abbotsford Secondary/Valley Royals Track and Field Club), and Liam McGrath ( Vernon, BC-W.L. Seaton Secondary).