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Ikram and Sukkau lead Hawks at International
The Setting

The second race of the 2009 season took place on the Thames Valley Golf Course for the 24th straight year. The meet was hosted by the University of Western Ontario and proved once again why it is considered one of the top university meets in North America. At the time of the races the weather was overcast with a temperature of 13 degrees, excellent cross country conditions.

The Competition

The Western International is an invitational meet open only to universities who have been personally invited. Universities from Canada, US and other nations go head to head annually at this historic meet. This year was no exception. With a combination of nationally ranked CIS and NCAA teams competing for the title.

The Team

Wearing their new Adidas Singlet’s both teams competed and gave a rewarding effort.

The women’s team finished 14th overall and was lead by Catherine Sukkau for the second straight meet. Of the ten CIS teams that finished ahead of Laurier, seven of them finished last year in the top ten at the CIS championships.

The men’s team finished ninth overall and Shoaib Ikram led the team for the first time this year. Only six CIS teams finished ahead of Laurier. All six of these teams competed at the CIS championships last year.

Catherine Sukkau and Jordan Fox both ran this meet last year and improved on their times by 92 seconds and 113 seconds respectively this year.

The Coach’s thoughts

“Laurier unleashed the horses, but with an average overall result. Yet, we had breakthrough performances by Jordan Fox and Matt Robertson. The men’s team topped Waterloo and was right behind McMaster and within striking distance U of T. The rest of the Laurier runners, including veteran Brent Meidinger who has yet to race, are prepared to step it up again UW next weekend.” said head coach PETER GRINBERGS.

Grinbergs’ club athlete Lindsay Carson was competing for the University of Guelph yesterday and shattered the women’s 5 km course record by 14 seconds. “Congratulations Lindsay!”

The next one up

Both the men and women will return to action next Saturday (10/03/2009) on the Campus of the University of Waterloo for the Waterloo open cross country meet. Enjoy Homecoming and support your team.

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1. Guelph (M)/Queen's (W) (2/1)
2. Laval/Toronto (1/2)
3. McMaster/Guelph (5/3)
4. Calgary/Laval (4/4)
5. Trinity Western/Trinity Western (3/5)
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7. Western/Victoria (6/T8)
8. Victoria/Calgary (8/T8)
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10. Dalhousie/Western (10/6)
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