West Van's Rowan Doherty named GNAC athlete of the year

SFU distance runner earns NCAA All-American status

West Vancouver’s Rowan Doherty was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference male athlete of the year for indoor track and field after a stellar season running for Simon Fraser University.

Doherty won the GNAC title in the indoor 3,000-metre race with a time of 8:31.30. He followed that up by ripping an even faster time at the NCAA Div. 2 indoor track and field championships, finishing seventh in the 3,000-m and earning All-American status with a time of 8:16.14.

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“I can't be happier with Rowan's 3000-m race,” stated SFU track and field head coach Brit Townsend in an SFU release following his performance at the NCAA championships. “Every time he steps on the track, he gives everything he has. It was no different this weekend and he was rewarded tonight with his second All-American trophy. I look forward to seeing what's possible for him in the upcoming outdoor season."

Doherty also helped SFU earn silver in the men’s distance medley relay at the NCAA Div. 2 championships, running the anchor mile to help the team set a new school record of 9:48.57 in the DMR, recording the fifth-fastest time in GNAC history.

The outdoor season is already in full swing, with SFU athletes getting an opportunity to compete close to home in the Emilie Mondor Invitational at South Surrey Athletic Park on Sunday, April 7.

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