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 women's squad was led by 2nd year runner, Pascale Gendron, who placed 3rd among university runners and fifth overall. Her time over the 8.2km course was 31:18. She was followed by Meghan Sippel in 15th with a time of 33:49; Sarah Thackeray who was 25th in 35:10; rookie Ashley Valentini who was 27th in 35:22; and Kelsey Lefebvre, who finished 34th in 36:06. Angela Mozzon was the displacer, finishing 38th in a time of 36:36.
The women scored a total of 70 points for 3rd place with a top-five average time of 34:21.
Individual Results - Laurentian Women (8.2 km)
5. Pascale Gendron, 31:18
15. Meghan Sippel, 33:49
25. Sarah Thackeray, 35:10
27. Ashley Valentini, 35:22
34. Kelsey Lefebvre, 36:06
38. Angela Mozzon, 36:36
Team Results - Women
1. Nipissing, 59 points
2. Waterloo, 63
3. Laurentian, 70 (5th place tiebreaker vs York)
4. York, 70
5. Laurier, 79
6. Ryerson, Trent, Brock, Incomplete teams