Williams Lake’s Conlan Sprickerhoff, captain of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack cross country team, showed well at Saturday’s, Nov. 12, running of the 2016 USport Nationals.
They were held on the Fields of Abraham in Quebec City and hosted by the University of Laval.
Sprickerhoff wound up 146th in the 10-kilometre distance. His time was 35 minutes and 47.6 seconds.
“The fields were super deep again this year,” WolfPack head coach Carmin Mazzotta said. “The level of competition in CIS/USports continues to grow. Conlan ran a similar time to last year but on a much tougher course.”
Sprickerhoff, who competed at nationals alongside fellow teammate Rachel Lobay of Kelowna, said he was fairly pleased with Saturday’s result.
“I started out where I wanted, faded a little bit in the middle of the race, but ended up finishing with a strong kick,” he said.
“Next year, with us ramping it up mileage wise a bit more, as we do every year, it’ll put me in a better spot for success. I’m more of a rhythm runner who benefits from flat and fast courses. Today was a grind.”
Next year’s USports Nationals will be held in Victoria, B.C. where the WolfPack are hoping to have a bigger contingent of runners there.