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Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2018
Jenny Bottomley enjoys breakthrough race
by Randy Pascal

In just her second year with the Laurentian Voyageurs cross country team, Jenny Bottomley has asserted herself as an athlete to watch.

Following up a very strong performance at the Ramsey Tour in early September, the Human Kinetics major enjoyed a breakthrough race at the Bill Salter Western International at the Thames Valley Golf Club in London.

Overcoming hot, steamy conditions, the L.U. runner covered the six kilometre course in a time of 22:36, good enough for 12th place overall. Bunched closely about a minute back were teammates Nicole Rich (29th - 23:45 *PB), rookie Nicole Sartor (23:59), Jessie Nusselder (24:07) and Megan Crocker (24:07).

As a team, the Laurentian women ranked fourth in a field of 12 schools. "It was an outstanding race by Jenny," said head coach Dick Moss. "She trained over 90km/week this summer while working a construction job, and her hard work is evident. We've also learned that we're going to be in a battle this year, with Waterloo, Laurier and Windsor all in close contention for the 7th place OUA spot that we need to qualify for Nationals."

Rounding out the L.U. women's results are:

Heidi Tuszkiewicz - 24:20 (43rd)
Breanne Steven - 24:43 (53rd)
Meghan Sippel - 25:12 (64th)
Kelsey Lefebvre - 26:04 (87th)
Lindsay Robinson - 26:47 (98th)
Lindsay Greasley - 26:49 (99th)
Karissa Merrylees - 27:39 (101st)

Team Results - Women
1st - Queens - 55 pts
2nd - Western - 66
3rd - Toronto - 86
4th - Laurentian - 131
5th - Waterloo - 132
6th - Laurier - 158
7th - McMaster - 163
8th - LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY) - 196
9th - Windsor - 220
10th - Nipissing - 232
11th - Brock - 274
12th - Ryerson - 346

Meanwhile, the Laurentian men paid a price for exercising some September caution with their lineup, settling for 10th place in a 12 team field. "It's early in the season and Dylan McKevitt, Liam Passi, Gordie Chown and Mika Muinonen were a little banged up, so we held them out of this race as a precaution," said Associate Head Coach Darren Jermyn. "Once they're 100% health-wise, they'll be back in action."

Rookie Paul Sagriff would lead the remaining Voyageur charges, finishing 52nd in a time of 27:01 over the 8km course. He was followed by Caleb Beland (62nd - 27:19), Jordan Burkitt (104th - 29:25), Sam Delage (106th - 29:29) and Jarod Milford (107th - 29:30).

The Voyageurs cross-country teams are back in action again next weekend, racing at the Mike Woods/Geneseo Invitational in Geneseo State Park, New York.

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