Max helps OKCU to the team ti­tle McNeil is magic at state­side cross coun­try

West Lothian Courier - - Sports - Shane Fen­ton

Loth­ian Run­ning Club star Max McNeil got his cross coun­try sea­son off to a great start by help­ing his Oklahoma City Univer­sity club to the team ti­tle in the Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence.

The first five fin­ish­ers in each team counted to­wards points in the over­all stand­ings and Max crossed the line in a bril­liant fifth place with a time of 25.34 in the 8km event in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

He was the third OKCU run­ner home with the team pack­ing their lead­ing five run­ners into the top 10 to seal first place with ease.

On home soil, LRC’s Jo Williams moved up to 13th place on the Scot­tish women’s 10km rank­ings for the year, fol­low­ing an ex­cel­lent run in a high-qual­ity Leeds Abbey Dash 10km on Sun­day.

In a race stacked with in­ter­na­tion­al­ists, the Loth­ian run­ner recorded a new per­sonal best of 35.34, fin­ish­ing just be­hind the quar­tet of run­ners who were rep­re­sent­ing Scot­land in the race.

This was the first time Jo has bro­ken the 36-minute mark with her pre­vi­ous best be­ing 36.01 set in the Great Scot­tish 10km at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber.

The race was won by Eil­ish McCol­gan, who cur­rently leads the 10km rank­ings ahead of Jo’s club-mate Sarah Inglis in sec­ond.

The first match in the 2017-18 Bor­ders XC Se­ries got un­der­way at Lauder over the week­end.

Loth­ian Run­ning Club were rep­re­sented by the Eades fam­ily. David fin­ished 44th over­all and fourth in the MV50 cat­e­gory cov­er­ing the 8km course in 31.12, while Mairi was third in the ju­nior fe­male cat­e­gory (37.36) with Lorna plac­ing 177th of the 269 fin­ish­ers in (41.07).

Chris­tine Milne was the first LRC run­ner to cross the fin­ish line in the Run the Wind 10km event at Strathaven, fin­ish­ing ninth in the over­all fe­male cat­e­gory and fourth in the FV45 plac­ings in 41.41.

She was fol­lowed home by Gerry Mc­Caf­ferty (46.22), Fraser Bal­lan­tyne ( 50.52), Kirsty Gray (51.33) and Mike Mur­ray (53.57).

Stu­art Gib­son of Cam­bus­lang Har­ri­ers (31.50) and Lyn­d­sey Fraser from Ed­in­burgh AC (38.57) were the re­spec­tive male and fe­male win­ners.

LRC also had five run­ners rep­re­sent­ing the club in the Ed­in­burgh Men’s Health 10km event to round out what was a bust week for the club.

Their fin­ish­ing po­si­tions and times were: 261st Scott Mil­lar ( 43.06), 271st Al Aitken ( 43.19), 372nd David Mabon (44.37), 591st An­drew Cor­ri­gan ( 47.13), and 965th Si­mon Yapp (51.39).

Top team Max (cen­tre) and his OKCU team-mates take top spot

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