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Laurentian runners back racing, with room to improve
2021-09-28
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Fresh off competing at the Western Invitational 8K Cross-Country Meet, the Laurentian Voyageurs have a full month to prepare for the McMaster Bayfront Open on October 22nd.

Between returning to form from injuries and developing though the fall, L.U. head coach Darren Jermyn will be looking for improvement the next time around.

The top overall placement came courtesy of Keon Wallingford as the North Bay native and third year Criminology student posted a time of 27:16, placing 52nd overall.

"Keon is coming back from being injured this past spring, so I was happy how he competed today and I know he will be much closer to the front of the pack when the OUA championships rolls around in early November," said Jermyn.

Wallingford finished 31st overall in his freshman season at the OUA championships and followed that up with a 7th place finish at the Athletics Canada National Cross-Country Running Championships in Abbotsford (BC) in December of 2019.

Former OFSAA SC medallist and Lasalle Secondary graduate Calum Passi wasn't far off the pace in 63rd, followed by Paul Sagriff (79th), Nicholas Lambert (81st), Cameron Date (92nd) and displacers Patrick Leroux (104th), Adam Kalab (109th) and rookie Cameron Heinz (110th).

The men would find themselves in 12th place overall in a field of 13 teams, with the women looking up at the field in 11th place.

Still, the race provided a nice breakthrough for third year Health Promotion and Concurrent Education student Angela Mozzon from Sudbury, recording a time of 34:34 (64th), 16 seconds ahead of freshman and Lo-Ellen Park product Kristen Mrozewski (69th).

Adding to the Laurentian scoring count were Sarah Booth (81st), Ashley Valentini (89th) and Kylie Esposito from Sault Ste Marie (92nd).

"It was definitely great to be back racing again," said Jermyn. "We know that we can improve upon our team scores, particularly on the men's side, and that will be our focus through our next major training block."

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