Epic wins, heartbreaking last-minute defeats and renowned rivalries were all on the books for the ’Birds.
The T-Birds only recently joined the American NAIA conference.
It was a weekend of big score lines for the UBC varsity teams now in their regular season–both in favour and out of favour for the ‘Birds.
Varsity teams from six sports – soccer, rugby 15s, basketball, field hockey, cross-country and rowing – will be involved in the series.
Men’s soccer settled for a 1-1 tie against Fraser Valley and a 3-0 win against Trinity Western, while the women’s team claimed a 1-0 win against Victoria. Football downed Manitoba 30-20.
I have no idea what it’s like to have the Cup come home, but now I know what serious anticipation and nerves around that feel like.
The team sat a convincing 34 strokes ahead of the second place University of Victoria Vikes at +19 to claim top prize.
The UBC Thunderbirds men’s and women’s teams headed home for the NAIA Championships with third and second place finishes respectively.
The stadium completes a 10-year revamp of facilities between Thunderbird Boulevard and West 16th Avenue.
It would be the first time since the reserve races were added to the event in 2011 that either team has claimed titles across the board.
The ’Birds were particularly dominant on the track, with 23 athletes earning a spot on the podium for their respective events.
The T-Birds ended a two-year title streak for their Canada West rivals the Trinity Western Spartans.
Thomas Watson, UBC’s first place runner, clocked in at a time of 1:03:34 — almost six minutes faster than the first place finisher in the general sprint category for the UBC race.
The decision was made by the schools Board of Governors on January 13 — two weeks before students were alerted.
"Let us commit today to start to change that [disparity] and to make it just as possible to succeed as a female athlete, as a male athlete."