Cross country teams compete at UNB-STU Open
The Memorial cross country teams travelled to Odell Park in Fredericton for the UNB-STU Open meet with top teams from Atlantic Canada and Quebec in the field.
Women's Cross Country
The Memorial women's cross country team finished fourth among AUS schools, and sixth overall, against a deep field of schools from Atlantic Canada and Quebec on Saturday at Odell Park in Fredericton. Caroline McIlroy continued to lead the Sea-Hawks finishing 8th overall with a time of 18:40 over the 5km course. McIlroy was the fourth AUS runner across the line.
Rookie cross country runner Amanda Wilkins was a bright spot for Memorial, finishing 34th overall and 21st among AUS participants, in her first AUS competition. Wilkins was the second Memorial runner across the line in a time of 20:34.
The top five runners for each school are assigned point totals for their placing. The five Memorial runners in the points averaged a time of 20:52.
The other finishers for Memorial (including their placing among AUS runners) were Melanie Amminson (24th place), Dwan Street (26th place) , Shalane Spurrell, (29th place), Justine O'Leary (31st place), and Britt Bailey (35th place).
Conditions were cold, with a race temperature of about four degrees Celsius, with some dampness and wind. The field adapted well to the conditions.
The overall team winner was McGill while Dalhousie won the AUS meet. The top individual runner was Frida Aspnaes from UNB.
Men's Cross Country
The men's cross country team competed against a deep field that included teams from twelve Canadian universities and 117 runners at the UNB-STU Cross Country Open. The Sea-Hawks team of seven varsity runners finished eighth overall, and fourth among AUS schools.
Mark Hayward was the first Sea-Hawk across the line, overcoming illness this week, to finish 18th among AUS finishers and 34th overall with a time of 27:00 over the 8k course. Hayward took 52 seconds off his time at the St. FX Invitational in September.
Connor Bolton was the second Memorial finisher with a time of 27:52, good enough for 20th in the AUS.
Memorial's top five finishers had an average time of 28:12. Other finishers for Memorial (and their AUS placing) were Rudy Riedlsperger (23rd), Adam Dyke (24th), Nick Snow (31st), Ian Presse (34th), and Mike Scott (40th). All five Memorial runners who competed at the St. FX Invitational in September raced faster times on Saturday.
The race was an Open meet so the Memorial coaching staff got into the action on Saturday. Head Coach Art Meaney and Colin Fewer both competed in the 8km race. Fewer, an established international competitor, finished sixth overall with a time of 25:15. Meaney fulfilled a longtime dream to race in a Memorial singlet as he finished in a time of 34:10. The 68 year old showed he could still run with the young guys as he came across the line ahead of three university runners and four others in the open division.
The Sea-Hawks will be in a good position to challenge Dalhousie for second overall in the AUS at the upcoming conference championship on October 27th in Halifax.