Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|Britt sixth at NACAC meet|
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – University of Idaho junior Barry Britt helped Canada to a second-place men’s finish at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
Britt, a third-year Vandal who hails from Hampton, New Brunswick, helped lead the Vandal men to a Western Athletic Conference indoor track and field title three weeks ago after earning First-Team All-WAC honors in both the 3000m and 5000m.
On Saturday at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Britt traversed the 8000m course in a time of 24:54.21 and finished sixth overall and second among Canadians. The United States team scored 14 points to claim the team title, while Canada was close behind in second with 23 points.
“Barry does a great job of balancing all three sports – cross country, indoor and outdoor track, especially when you start mixing in cross country at the international level,” Idaho director of track and field/cross country Wayne Phipps said on Monday. “Being able to compete at all three sports at a high level is a pretty amazing accomplishment for anybody.”
The race was Britt’s third time representing the Canadian senior men’s national team and his second at the NACAC Championships. He took fourth overall at the 2011 meet on the same course and also represented his home country in the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships at Punta Umbria, Spain.
Britt likely won’t make his outdoor track and field debut for Idaho this weekend, but a large group of Vandals will open the outdoor campaign on Saturday, Mar. 24, for the Whitworth Buc Scoring Invitational at Spokane, Wash.