In uncharacteristically still conditions and temperatures slightly above freezing, 26 Lion athletes went to battle Saturday on at historic Fort Henry in search of Canadian Cross Country glory.
The top Lion finisher on the day was Shona McCulloch, who battled her way to a seventh place finish in the junior women’s race. With her finish, McCulloch now becomes a part of the selection pool for the upcoming NACAC XC Championships and World XC Championships. Teammate Keili Shepherd finished 20 spots behind McCulloch in 27th.
Recently named Most Outstanding Midget female, Katie Newlove was the top club finisher in the youth girls category with her 61st placing. Adrian Fournier was the top youth boy with his 51st place finish. The youth boys team finished 16th overall, while the girls were 17th.
In the junior boys event, Michael Mather completed the 8km course in 26 minutes 1 second, to finish 51st overall and the top Lion in the race.
In the open masters category, Richard Charette placed 22nd overall, completing the 8km course in 28 minute 59.1 seconds. His performance led the Ottawa Lions M40 team to a bronze medal finish. In the M50 category, the Lions also claimed a bronze medal, nine points between silver medalists, University of Toronto Track Club.