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."
With the men’s volleyball team kicked off the weekend with a two-game sweep over the Manitoba Bisons, the women closed out the volleyball weekend domination with a sweep of their own over the Regina Cougars.
In the end, it all came down to two differences to split the hairs: two sunk free throws for the Dinos and a missed three-pointer for UBC.
“Having had that first half of that match out of our system, [I hope] that we sort of get after it a little bit earlier and a little bit more consistently.”
Redemption was sweet as the ’Birds turned the tables on their old nemesis with two straight wins of their own — and they were no where near as close.
Two things to know about me: I am lactose intolerant, and I love chocolate, especially hot chocolate. A strange combination, and one that generally comes with a hefty price tag if I want to meld the two together.