LONDON, Ont. (September 25, 2011) - On the morning of September 24th the Laurier Men's and Women's Cross Country teams set out to London to compete at the Western International Invitational. The race, which is situated on Thames Valley golf course, attracted teams from all over the country including U. Of Alberta, Dalhousie, Concordia and McGill.
In the women's 5km race, the Lady Hawks were led by Meg Fletcher with a time of 21:31. Meg ran an inspired race considering most of last season was spent dealing with injury. Rookie's Kate Cruikshank and Jackie Tmej looked strong and worked well with fellow teammate Nicole Green, finishing in a closely grouped pack.
"Overall I think it was a very positive experience. We have a very young team. This was a much better field of competitors than we will see at OU's and our fitness level will improve dramatically over the next month," said head coach PETER GRINBERGS of the women's performance.
The ladies placed 15th overall as a team and are looking forward to having two of their top runners , Rebecca Costa and Jen Laughton, return to the field.
In the men's 10km race, fourth year Alex Garriock (34:40) had the most improved individual performance of the day; he finished almost a full minute better than last years run. Shohaib Ikram, was the top Goldenhawk with a time of 34:17. Rookie, Ian Turnbull (35:03) was the teams 4th scorer and "he ran an even paced effort like a veteran," said Grinbergs of Turnbull's race.
The men's team placed 8th overall just 20 points behind cross-town rival Waterloo. Both rivals are poised to move on the teams from McMaster (6th) and U. of Toronto (5th). Laurier competed without the benefit of veteran captain Brent Meidinger and sophomore George Hill.
Men's results 10km (124 entrants)
8th out of 15 teams
Top 5 are team scorers