McIlroy wins StFX Invitational
Sept. 21, 2013 (Antigonish, N.S.) It was a good start to the season for both the women's and men's cross country teams as Caroline McIlroy's individual win led the women to a fourth place finish while a balanced men's team finished in third overall.
McIlroy wins 6km race in 21:58
Memorial’s Caroline McIlroy (photo on right by Erica Roberts) broke away from the field early and did not look back, going on to win Saturday’s StFX Invitational AUS women’s cross country race in only 21:58 over the six-kilometre course. McIlroy led her Sea-Hawks team to a fourth place finish.
McIlroy broke away from the pack with StFX’s Melissa Hardy right from the start gun. Hardy, a Deer Lake native, would go on to finish in second place, 22 seconds behind McIlroy.
Amanda Wilkins cracked the top 20 for Memorial, finishing 16th in a time of 24:46. She was followed by Emily Hickey (27th), Justine O’Leary (32nd), Stephanie Pomeroy (36th), Amada Loveys (39th),and Jessica Besaw (45th).
McIlroy, a 41 year old completing a master’s thesis in science, had to make a big adjustment in her training to shift from ultra-marathon distances to the six kilometre AUS cross country distance. She recently won the Deer Lake 67km race and was the second female finisher in the Canadian Death Race, a 128km endurance race that took place in Alberta in August.
Saturday's race featured a field of 52 runners. The top overall team finishers were Dalhousie (38 points), StFX (44 points) and UNB (94 points). Points are the sum of the top five individual placings for the team.
Memorial will next compete on October 5th in Halifax in a race co-hosted by Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie.
Sea-Hawk men third overall
The Memorial men’s cross country team finished on the podium with a third overall finish at Saturday’s StFX Invitational in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
The balanced Sea-Hawks team was led by Jordan Fewer who finished in 10th place with a time of 27:04 in the 8km race that featured a field of 53. Connor Bolton was just five seconds behind Fewer in 13th place. Veteran racer Mark Hayward (19th place), Jon Allan (21st place), and Matt Power (23rd place) all finished in the points for the Sea-Hawks. Rudy Riedlsperger finished 27th overall and Mike Scott came across the line in 32nd place.
Saint Mary’s John Kuto was the top individual male with a time of 25:45. The Kenyan-born Kuto was his second AUS race in as many weeks. StFX won the overall men’s race with 33 points, followed Dalhousie with 47 points.
Memorial will next race at the Saint Mary’s – Dalhousie Invitational on October 5th, in what will be their final AUS tune up prior to the AUS Championship.