Clan junior cross-country runner Rebecca Bassett led her team to a fourth-place finish in the season's opening race in Oregon.


Clan’s Bassett sprints to victory

September 14, 2015

By Steve Frost  

Simon Fraser Clan junior Rebecca Bassett won the Ash Creek Invitational cross-country meet  in a sprint to the finish on Sept. 11, beating Sadie Gastelum of Chico State by 5/100ths of a second in the opening race of the season, held in Monmouth, Ore.

Bassett covered the 4,600-metre Ash Creek Preserve layout in 16:28.1—which equates to 3:34.8 per kilometre—leading the nationally ranked Clan women to a fourth-place finish. Both Bassett and Gastelum were six seconds ahead of the third-place finisher.

“Rebecca was a real leader today and showed such determination to hold off Gastelum,” says Clan head coach Brit Townsend.

“They battled back and forth for the last 1,000 metres but Rebecca would not give in.”

Bassett was the only Clan runner among the Top 25. Among the top 50 finishers, SFU’s Julia Howley was 27th in a time of 17:31.7, Paige Nock was 32nd (17:41.9), and Miryam Bassett was 35th (17:45.4).

The Simon Fraser women are ranked eighth nationally.

The Simon Fraser men, ranked 25th nationally, came in second, placing runners 8th, 11th, 18th, 21st and 24th. 

On the men’s side, SFU’s Oliver Jorgensen was eighth, covering the 6,300-metre course in 18:44.9—2.58.6 per kilometer. Jorgensen was almost a minute behind the runaway winner, William Reyes of Chico State.

Reyes won in 17:47, leading a cavalcade of Wildcats across the line. The redshirt junior crossed the line nearly 30 seconds ahead of teammate Falco DiGiallonardo. In all, a dozen Wildcats finished among the top 16. Five of the six top finishers were from Chico State.

“The men were so solid and we have more depth than we have ever had before and it showed in our second place finish,” says Townsend. “I am excited for them and they are relentless in their quest to be in the Top 4 at regionals and qualify for nationals again.”

Marc-Antoine Rouleau was 11th in 18:54.4, while freshman Rowan Doherty was 18th (19:05.8), Cameron Proceviat was 21st (19:16.6), Philippe Gravel was 24th (19:22.6) and Sean Miller 27th (19:26.7).

Ash Creek Preserve will also play host to the National Collegiate Athletic Association West Regional Championships on Nov. 7.