The Laurentian university men's and women's cross-country running teams competed at the Waterloo/Don Mills Invitational this weekend. The men's team placed first, led by Eric Gareau's gold medal run. The women placed 3rd, led by Pascale Gendron's fifth place finish.
Athletes from eight universities and several track clubs competed in the event, held at the University of Waterloo's Columbia Icefields park.
The men's race was won by Laurentian's Eric Gareau, who ran a time of 26:13 over the 8.2 km course. He was followed by Alexandre Fishbein-Ouimette, who was 7th in 27:00; Liam Passi who was 8th in 27:08; rookie Keon Wallingford who was 13th in 27:17 and Caleb Beland, who finished 15th in 27:23. Displacers were Maurice Graenert and Dylan Brown who were 16th and 25th in 27:25 and 27:41 respectively.
The men scored a total of 30 points for their first-place finish with a top-five average time of 27:00.
"Eric's hard work over the summer is really paying off," said men's coach, Darren Jermyn. "He put in a hard surge at the 6km mark that gave him a 16-second lead and was a real sign of his fitness. The team also ran well, but we're still not at full strength so there's lots of room to improve as the season progresses."
Individual Results - Laurentian Men (8.2km)
1. Eric Gareau, 26:13
7. Alexandre Fishbein-Ouimette, 27:00
8. Liam Passi, 27:08
13. Keon Wallingford, 27:17
15. Caleb Beland, 27:23
16. Maurice Graenert, 27:25
25. Dylan Brown, 27:41
38. Justin Graenert, 28:36
47. Nick Lambert, 29:11
70. Cameron Date, 32:13
Team Results - Men
1. Laurentian, 30 points
2. Waterloo, 39
3. Laurier, 78
4. Brock, 111
5. Nipissing, 122
6. Ryerson, York, Trent – incomplete teams