Oct 28, 2013
The cross country season came to an end for the VREDS on Saturday October 26th in Moncton as the VREDS were taking part in their fifth race of the season, the AUS Championships.
On a very difficult and technical course the men's team was lead by 4th year captain, James Murphy. Murphy ran a controlled and smart race that saw him cover the 10km distance in 32:57 and finish in 16th place. Taylor Lamarche was the next to finish for the Reds finishing in 23rd place in a time of 36:51. Right behind Taylor and getting the edge on his team mate Chris McNamara finished in 24th while Colby Craig finished in 25th with both athletes recording times of 37:06. 1st year athlete Jonathan Bunn from Ontario was next in 27th place finishing in a time of 37:27. Brent McCumber finished in 31st, 37:50, and Clayton Holteen was right behind in 32nd, 38:17.
As a team the men finished in 4th position with 115pts just behind Memorial who had a team score of 102pts. St. FX won the event with Dalhousie in second place.
"It stings! Our goal as a team was to get on the podium. The guys ran the hearts out today and left it all on the course. We know the course was going to be difficult so we made adjustments but in the end we came up short," said head coach Jason Reindl.
The team now looks towards transitioning to the track where the majority of the members will take part in the track and field season. Those who don't opt for the shorter races on the track will see themselves logging miles and spending time getting stronger for next years cross country season.
Before the AUS Championship race took place alternates Marc-Andre Manuel and Michael Yitayew took part in the Atlantic Cross Country Championships. Manuel won the 18-19 year old 6000m race in a time of 23:19 while Yitayew was 4th in 24:48.
"Our goal is to always be on the podium at the AUS Championships. We didn't achieve it this year but we (coaches Randall, Gairns, Reindl) feel we are headed in the right direction. We will review our plans and look towards the future," added Reindl.
Full results for the AUS Championships can be found at: http://www.anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=659