Lions open cross country season with success at Hoffman Invite and Army Run

The change to cooler temperatures this weekend was great signal for the start of another cross country season. The Lions crew kicked things off with a doubleheader featuring the Hoffman Invitational at St. Lawrence University on Saturday and this morning’s Canada Army Run through the streets of downtown Ottawa.

While it was just a small crew of eight athletes which made the trek south of the border to Canton, New York the performances were large. The four woman crew managed to all post top 12 finishes led by Carleton University’s Jenna Van Vliet and the University of Ottawa’s Rebecca Brennan who went 1-2. The pair finished the 6km course in 19:46.91 and 19:49.63 respectively. Ottawa’s Renee Maisonneuve was fourth while Keili Shepherd, also of Ottawa, was 12th. The men’s contingent was led by Ottawa’s Nicholas Roberts and his 10th place finish.

At today’s annual Canada Army Run a total of two Lions athletes managed to find their way on to the podium in the extremely popular 5 kilometre event. While more known for his exploits over 800 metres, Sebastian Saville showed he has some range, picking up a silver medal in a time of 15:23. Joining Saville in the top 10 were Alex Maxwell, who was just off the podium in fourth, and Jay Sneddon in ninth.

On the women’s side, new Gee Gee runner Magalie Babineau was victorious in her debut, finishing the 5km course in 18:26. Other Gee Gees to place among the top ten were Holly Hicks in sixth and Jenna Rossi in eighth.

In the half marathon, Tommy Des Brisay was unable to make it a three-peat at the Army Run. The 27 year old Des Brisay finished seventh overall in the men’s race, crossing the line in one hour, 14 minutes and 12.4 seconds.

The cross country season continues next weekend with a trip to Sherbrooke for the Vert & Or Invitational.