Sea-Hawks cross country open season at StFX
(Sept. 19, 2013) The Memorial cross country teams will open their season this weekend as 14 runners will be wearing red and white singlets in Saturday's StFX Invitational.
Women’s Cross Country
The Sea-Hawks women’s cross country team will send a team of seven to race in the StFX Invitational 6km race on Saturday afternoon in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Caroline McIlroy, Amanda Wilkins, Justine O’Leary, Emily Hickey, Stephanie Pomeroy, Alana Loveys and Jessica Besaw will all represent Memorial this weekend.
McIlroy will give Memorial a threat to win the race on Saturday. She has been an AUS all-star in the past two seasons and is an accomplished distance runner. Amanda Wilkins and Justine O’Leary both return after competing for the Sea-Hawks last season. Hickey, Pomeroy, Loveys and Besaw will all be competing in their first meets as Sea-Hawks.
Memorial coach Art Meaney feels the team has great potential.
He said, “We have some good experience and leadership to go with some young talent that has the potential to establish themselves as competitive runners. This weekend will be a good test and provide some valuable experience for our rookies.”
This season the AUS women’s cross country distance will be six kilometers this season.
Men’s Cross Country
The Memorial men’s cross country team will begin their season this weekend as seven runners compete in the StFX Invitational 8km race on Saturday in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Memorial will send Mark Hayward, Jordan Fewer, Rudy Riedlsperger, Connor Bolton, Michael Scott, Jon Allan and Matthew Power to compete in the race.
Hayward and Fewer both have potential to finish the season as AUS all-stars and will likely be the first Sea-Hawks across the line. Riedlsperger and Bolton were members of the Memorial men’s team that finished on the podium with a third place finish in last season’s AUS Championship. Scott also raced for Memorial last season in the regular season. Allan and Power both will be competing in their first meet as Sea-Hawks.
Coach Art Meaney has high expectations for the team this season. He said, “I expect the team to continue to improve.
We have our sights set on the podium again this year and we could have a couple of all-stars and some great individual performances along the way.” The men will race an eight-kilometer course in all AUS regular season meets this season. The AUS Championship will be a 10-kilometer race.