Cross Country teams to compete at UNB Invitational

 

The Memorial women's and men's cross country teams will compete at the UNB Invitational this weekend in Fredericton. The women will get started at noon with a 5k race while the men will hit the trail at 12:45pm for 8k.

 

Women's Cross Country

Caroline McIlroyThe women's cross country team will have a few lineup changes as they participate in the UNB Invitational 5k in Fredericton Saturday. The Memorial team of seven runners will consist of 2011 AUS all-star Caroline McIlroy, Melanie Amminson, Britt Bailey, Dwan Street, Justine O'Leary, Shalane Spurrell and Amanda Wilkins. The race will be Wilkins first as a Sea-Hawk. Victoria Ralph, one of Memorial's top runners, will not be travelling due to injury.

 

The Sea-Hawks will be looking to gain valuable experience as they tune up for the AUS Championships to be hosted by Dalhousie October 27.

 

 

Men's Cross Country

The men's cross country team will look to continue to narrow the gap between themselves and the Dalhousie Tigers in AUS cross country running this weekend at the UNB Invitational 8k meet. The Tigers have consistently finished in second place in AUS meets behind the St. FX X-Men. This season Memorial has narrowed the gap with one of their deepest squads in years. In order to be successful in pushing Dalhousie for the second place this weekend they will have to rely on their depth as two MUN runners will see their first AUS competition of the season.

 

Mark HaywardThe Memorial seven this weekend will be Mark Hayward, Nick Snow, Rudy Riedlsperger, Connor Bolton, Adam Dyke, Michael Scott and Ian Presse. It will be Snow's first race of the year as he began the varsity season rehabbing a foot injury. It will also be Presse's first meet of the year.

 

Graham MacDonald and Landon Fisher will not be travelling with the team this weekend due to academic commitments. MacDonald won the Acadia Invitational last weekend and is one of Memorial's top runners.

 

Art MeaneyThe UNB meet is an open meet which will feature a competitive field of entrants beyond the varsity runners. One runner in a Memorial singlet will stand out from the crowd in the open division. Memorial Head Coach Art Meaney will fulfill a longtime wish to race for Memorial at the age of 68. Meaney did not have the opportunity to run cross country at Memorial as the program was founded just as he graduated in the 1960s.

 

When asked what his expectations for the meet were Meaney jokingly responded, "To avoid finishing last".

 

Memorial assistant coach and accomplished international runner Colin Fewer will also lace up his sneakers to participate in the open.