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Monday, Dec. 17, 2018
One final tune-up prior to OUA Championships
2018-10-16
by Randy Pascal

The Laurentian Voyageurs cross-country crew are ready to go.

That was the main takeaway for the locals as the L.U. men's and women's team competed in their final race prior to the OUA Championships (October 28th in Windsor), taking part in the Marauder Bayfront Open Cross Country Meet last weekend.

Finishing ahead of the likes of the Laurier Hawks, Queen's Gaels, Waterloo Warriors, Windsor Lancers and Lakehead Thunderwolves, the Laurentian women ranked fifth in a field of 13 teams, including out-of-province representation from the Dalhousie Tigers and Saskatchewan Huskies.

Jenny Bottomley showed the way, once again, for coach Dick Moss and company, placing 17th overall and covering the 8 km course in a time of 30:17. Remaining within eye-shot was teammate Megan Crocker (20th - 30:31), while Nicole Rich (30th - 31:04), Breanne Steven (48th - 31:54) and Pascale Gendron (49th - 31:55) rounded out the scoring athletes for Laurentian.

The Voyageur ladies trailed only Dalhousie, Toronto, McMaster and Western in the team standings. "This was our final regular season meet, and our first test over the 8km championship distance," noted head coach Dick Moss. "It was a fine performance, overall, with good starting tactics and some gutsy running over the final 3 kms."

Despite holding out both Liam Passi and Caleb Beland for precautionary health reasons, looking to ensure they are ready to go at provincials, the Laurentian men finished eighth in their bracket.

Kingston native Paul Sagriff continues to show well, cracking the top ten (9th - 25:13), with freshman Eric Gareau (30th - 26:03) right in the mix as well. Dylan McKevitt (65th - 26:36), Alexandre Fishbein-Ouimette (107th - 28:04) and Jarod Milford (114th- 28:29) continue to battle to secure racing spots at the OUA event, with Mike Muinonen (128th - 29:40) rounding out a smaller than usual L.U. men's contingent.

With two of his top three on the shelf, men's coach Darren Jermyn was not overly concerned with the team placement. "I'm confident we'll be ready to go for the OUA's."

Following is a complete breakdown for the Laurentian women's team:

17th - Jenny Bottomley - 30:17
20th - Megan Crocker - 30:31
30th - Nicole Rich - 31:04
48th - Breanne Steven - 31:54
49th - Pascale Gendron - 31:55
56th - Jessie Nusselder - 32:16
79th - Megan Sippel - 33:03
80th - Sarah Thackeray - 33:07
105th - Amanda Boudreau - 35:17

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