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The Plains of Abraham prove challenging for LU cross-country runner
2021-11-22
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The end result might not have been exactly what Laurentian Voyageurs' cross-country runner Keon Wallingford was looking for, but there was no denying the gutsiness of his response in the face of adversity.

"Not my best day, as I fell on three separate occasions navigating some of the tight corners on the first few laps," noted Wallingford, who finished 59th overall while competing at the U Sports Cross-Country Championship hosted on the historic Plains of Abraham in Quebec City last weekend.

"I sort of lost my focus for a bit, but I pulled things together over the final two kilometres and was able to pass eighteen guys, so I'm happy with how I finished the race."

Wallingford covered the eight kilometre circuit in a time of 26:26, the North Bay native part of a men's field that included no less than 130 athletes representing thirty different universities from across Canada.

"I'm very proud of how Keon fought back today, even after the falls which left him scrapped and bloody literally from head to toe," stated Laurentian head coach Darren Jermyn. "Prior to the falls, he was in pretty good position, but that's cross-country racing; anything can happen."

"Maybe not the placing we were looking for based on his result at the OUA Championships, but Keon, as he always does, definitely represented Laurentian very well," added Jermyn.

This marks the end of the cross-country season for the Voyageurs, as runners now begin training for the OUA Indoor Track and Field regular season.

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