Men's Cross Country

Men place second at home meet

Men place second at home meet


Getting the opportunity to race in front of a hometown crowd the UNB Varsity Reds men's cross-country team took advantage of every home field advantage to finish a season high second place in the team competition at the co-hosted UNB-STU Invitational.  With 45 athletes racing the 8000m (8km) distance and four schools fielding teams the event was smaller than most but did feature many of the AUS's top runners.


StFX won the team competition with 20 points, UNB was second with 57 points, SMU was third with 62, and UdeM was fourth with 120 points. 


Veteran James Murphy made his season debut and was the leader for the VREDS finishing in 9th place overall.  Taylor Lamarche finished in 10th place overall was the teams second finisher.  Jonathan Bunn followed closely behind in 11th place to be the third finisher for the REDS.  Chris McNamara was fourth for the REDS and 13th overall, and Clayton Holteen rounded out the scoring athletes for the VREDS finishing in 14th place. 


Name                                      Place              Time

James Murphy                       9                      26:56

Taylor Lamarche                   10                    27:35

Jonathan Bunn                     11                    27:57

Chris McNamara                   13                    28:26

Clayton Holteen                    14                   28:59

Michael Yitayew                    27                   30:20

Luke McKim                          30                   31:24

Troy Dobson                         34                   31:38


"This was a solid showing for our men's team.  We were short Josh Shanks who was sick with the flu but the rest of the guys stepped up huge and were able to run very well to finish second as a team.  We have now finished on the podium in both races (3rd in Acadia and 2nd here) and intend to stay there for the rest of the season," said coach Chris Gairns. 


The V-Reds will take a break from competition this coming weekend but will be in action in Moncton on October 4th at the UdeM Invitational and then travel to Antigonish the following week for the StFX Invitational on October 11th. The StFX Invitational is being run as an Interlock competition with the members of the RSEQ joining in, notably Laval, McGill, QUAM, and Sherbrooke.