Lau­ren­tian run­ners 15th at na­tion­als

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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.

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