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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

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