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running in his first race with the SaIt trojans, Matthew Travaglini did not disappoint.
the highly-touted newcomer to SaIt led a strong trojans men’s team to victory on Saturday at the season’s second Grand prix event of the year — the Jordan Fish memorial — finishing first in the eight-kilometre race in a time of 26:52.
“First of all, I was super pumped to be running in the trojans red this week,” said travaglini (3rd year, Calgary, bachelor of applied technology – Geographic Information Systems).
“What worked was that we did a workout on tuesday of this course that we ran, so it was some really good planning by our coaches. We knew the course — the ups and the downs — and when to push.”
red deer College took second place and Lethbridge College placed third in the event co-hosted by the trojans the St. mary’s university Lightning at Confederation park.
travaglini, who captured the national mountain running championship this summer, wasn’t the only trojan to hit the podium. In fact, two of his teammates — Jacques Saayman (2nd year, Fort mcmurray, alta., bachelor of business administration) and Daryl Ross (2nd year, Calgary, business administration) finished right behind him to grab second and third place, respectively.
Saayman completed the loop in 28:20, while ross clocked in at 29:43.
Fellow trojans Brant Lauweryssen (1st year, business administration) was the fourth SaIt runner to earn points for the team, placing ninth in 32:04.
With a win last week in edmonton as well, the trojans men’s team have cemented themselves as the ones to beat heading into the conference championships slated for late October at red deer College.
“We definitely have talked about it during the warmups and cool downs. We’re excited for what the year has in store,” said travaglini, 24.
On the women’s side of things, Ricki Christopher (3rd year, Herbert, Sask., medical radiologic technology) helped the trojans women’s team to a second place in the team event with her fourth-place finish in the 6km run with a time of 26:31.
red deer College placed first in the team standings. Lethbridge took bronze.
Close behind was rookie Emilie Mann (1st year, respiratory therapy), who crossed the finish line in seventh place (26:59). rounding out the two other runners scoring for the trojans in the event was Hannah Dawe (1st year, Calgary, emergency medical technician) — ninth place (27:23); and alea Stockton (5th year, respiratory therapy) — 14th place (29:06).
For a team that struggled to find enough runners to qualify in the team events the past few years, the trojan females showed Saturday that they are contenders for a medal come the conference championships.
the 6km distance is new to all aCaC female runners this season, who in the past ran 5km. Christopher said she definitely felt a difference compared to last season.
“especially in the middle of the race, it gets to you mentally when you know you have that extra kilometre to go and you’re hurting and don’t know how much to push,” Christopher said with a laugh. “It’s something and myself, and the team, will work on.” we scored that first goal, our confidence went through the roof.”
SaIt improves to 2-0 on the season, while Lakeland falls to 0-3.
Scoring in the opening half for SaIt was Deanna Kuan (2nd year, edmonton, business administration), Maggie Grynia (2nd year, Calgary, administration Information management) and Emily Fedoriak (3rd year, Whitehorse, yukon, respiratory therapy).
the goal was the second of the year for Fedoriak, and the first for both Grynia and Kuan.
after the break, the trojans added three more thanks to Chase O’Brien (3rd year, Calgary, nuclear medical technology), Mataya Blakney (4th year, Calgary, business administration) and Skye Gordon (1st year, Langley, bC, business administration).
the trojans will stay on the road, and play against the host red deer College Queens Sudnay at noon.
talerico is expecting a tough game, but the coach says his team is feeling good heading into it.
“this win helped us with confidence and believing in ourselves more,” he said. “Heading into (Sunday), we feel ready.”
not wanting to be outdone by their female counterparts, the SaIt trojans men’s soccer team decided to do the exact same.
the trojans scored five times in the opening half, as they defeated the host Lakeland College rustlers 6-0 in their alberta Colleges athletic Conference (aCaC) game played Saturday afternoon in Vermillion, alta.
the win comes on the heels of the trojans women’s team victory of the exact same score.
“I think in the back of my mind, maybe,” laughed trojans head coach Grant Stevens about matching the feat of the trojans women’s team.
“both trojans teams played very, very well (Saturday).”
SaIt jumps to 2-0 in the aCaC’s South division standings, while Lakeland falls to 0-2-1.
EDMONTON — They were supposed to be underdogs.
They were the 45-year-old legend on his last legs coming off a second-rate season and a singles player scratched from Friday’s opener as he battles back from a back injury, who retired from his first match at the U.S. Open in New York and hadn’t played since.
It was doubles day at the Davis Cup tie and Canada was considered to be in double trouble.
India went in as the higher-ranked pair with Rohan Bopanna ranked No. 19 in the world in doubles and Purav Raja at No. 36.
Canada’s Daniel Nestor, one of the greatest doubles players in history and a former World No. 1, went in ranked No. 43, while Vasek Pospisil, inactive in the two-man game most of the year, fell to No. 111.
But a funny thing happened on the way to Sunday’s singles reversal day to give 18-year-old sensation of the nation Denis Shapovalov a chance to put the Indians away (1 p.m.) in the fourth match of the bestof-five event to send Canada to the World Group — the sweet 16 — for a seventh consecutive year.
Canada won 7-5, 7-5, 5-7 and 6-3.
For his part, 27-year-old Pospisil said he never considered he and his elderly partner underdogs for a moment.
“Danny and I were playing at home. And I was able to conjure up in my mind playing in the doubles Saturday when I was replaced from the singles Friday,” he said of the decision to lead off with rookie Brayden Schnur in the opener and