Laurentian runners 15th at nationals
Running in the rain and against adversity, the Laurentian University women’s cross-country running team finished second at the USports National Championships in Victoria this past weekend, with a score of 389 points.
The women’s squad was led by Jenny Bottomley, who finished 47th with a time of 30:40 over the eight-kilometre course. She was followed by Megan Crocker, who placed 56th in 30:57, Heidi Tuszkiewicz, who was 74th in 31:39, Nicole Rich, 103rd in 32:239, and Meghan Sippel 109th in 32:39. Nicole Sartor acted as displacer with a 127th place finish in 33:21.
“It wasn’t the finish to the season we were hoping for,” Laurentian head coach Dick Moss said in a release. “One of our runners contracted food poisoning the night before, but still raced, and another passed out on the course, so you know they were giving it their all.
“But that said, nobody was really sharp. We ran exceptionally well up until the OUAs, then limped into nationals, so we’ll be doing some careful analysis of the season for next year. We definitely intend to be back at nats next year – with both the men and the women.
“Almost everybody will be return from both teams and we have some promising rookies who now have a year of seasoning.”
The women’s squad finished the season with a 40-26 win-loss record. The men’s win-loss was 22-28.
Both Laurentian teams will take a two week off-season, then begin training for indoor track.
Also this past weekend, Laurentian men’s team runner Paul Sagriff won the Athletics Ontario Junior Cross Country Championships, representing his hometown Kingston Achilles Track Club.
Jessie Nusselder of Laurentian University, middle, competes at the USports national cross-country championship in Victoria this past weekend.