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.