It was a beautiful day for a cross country race Saturday morning on the campus of St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University varsity teams were in action along with a small number of Lions athletes as the club kicked off the 2015 cross country season at the Hoffman Invitational where the Gee Gee women finished second while the men finished third.
The Gee Gee Women were led by second year standout Katie Phillips who completed the 6 kilometre course in 22 minutes 12.0 seconds to finish second overall. The defending CIS Rookie of the Year was followed closely behind by teammate Ruth Burrowes, was fourth in 22:18.6. The Gee Gees would place all five of their scorers to finish with a total of 32 points, just four behind champions, St. Lawrence University.
The top Raven was Natasha Herron who was sixth overall in 23 minutes 10.7 seconds. The Carleton women finished fourth with a total of 114 points.
On the men’s side, University of Ottawa sophmore Lucas Trapeau was the only male to crack the top ten, finishing the 8km course in 27 minutes 3.7 seconds to place eighth. The next club athlete to cross the line was Carleton Raven, Seb Saville, as he finished 19th in 27:47.2. The Gee Gee men finished third overall with 77 points, just seven behind second place, Clarkson University.
Next up on the cross country schedule is this weekend’s Hamilton College Invitational in Clinton, New York.