Athletics: Best of 2010

Clan relay team sets new record
In January, the SFU Clan distance medley relay team broke the NAIA record with a time of 11:30:96. An SFU team set the previous record of 11:43.08 at the 2005 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Clan basketball team takes national championship
In March, the Clan women’s basketball team won its second straight national championship and fifth title since joining Canadian Interuniversity Sport in 2001. In 2011 the team joins the Great Northwest Athletic Conference of the National College Athletic Association (NCAA).

Clan softball champs win national championship
The improbable run of the SFU Clan women’s softball team ended May 26 with a 2010 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championship after winning seven straight championship games. It was the team’s fourth NAIA national championship (others were in 1999, 2003, and 2005) and possibly the last, as the university prepared to move into the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Coach of the year 
Mike Renney was selected as the 2010 NAIA Coach of the Year after leading the SFU women’s softball team to its fourth national championship. 
It was the fourth time he has been honoured with the award, having also won it in 1999, 2003 and 2005. As a measure of his on-field success, his squads have clinched the national title every year he’s won the award.
Renney has been the Clan’s bench boss since 1995.

Swing batter-batter swing  
Local construction magnate and noted philanthropist, Keith Beedie, threw out the ceremonial first pitch Sept. 26 at the new Beedie Field baseball field at the Burnaby campus. The field was made possible by a $500,000 donation and a pledge to match up to $250,000 more from the Keith and Betty Beedie Foundation.

Clan made promising NCAA debut
SFU’s historic start as the first Canadian university in the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) produced some outstanding and surprising performances. The Clan men’s soccer team made history in November, snatching the GNAC title to become the first international institution to win an NCAA conference championship. The women’s soccer team finished second at the conference, while the Clan football team finished 1-9 in regular season play and the volleyball team finished 4-18 on the season to earn a mark of 4-14 in the conference.