Simon Fraser University

SFU, UBC share track cup

May 15, 2003 , vol. 27, no. 2

By Marianne Meadahl
The latest rivalry between SFU and UBC - the pursuit of the Achilles cup - ended in a tie on May 10.

Track stars met on SFU turf vying for the 53-year-old cup, donated by the Lower Mainland Achilles track and field society. It was presented to the captains of both UBC Thunderbirds and SFU Clan track and field teams following the event.

The Clan took first place in five events, led by freshman sprinter Grace Dunnigan, winning the 400-and100-metre races and anchoring two winning relay teams.

Dunnigan had a personal best of 12.35 seconds in the 100-metres, qualifying her for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) championships in Alabama May 22-24.

“I am so much stronger this year, I've trained so hard that I have so much more strength to finish out the races,” said Dunnigan, who ran the 100-metre race for the first time since competing in the event in high school.

SFU's men's 4X400 relay team also made the NAIA qualifying standard with its first place finish.

The event showcased some of the top athletes in the province, including a number of athletes from various Lower Mainland track and field clubs and universities from the Pacific Northwest to round out the competition. It marked the final competition for both SFU and UBC in preparation for the NAIA track and field championships. UBC athletes, who won four events over the weekend, will be participating for the first time.

The event also brought together alumni from both schools with a post-event barbecue for athletes, alumni and spectators, and featured races for children and toddlers throughout the afternoon.

It was the first major track and field event to be held since the Terry Fox track and field facility underwent a $750,000 renovation to bring it up to international track and field standards.