The 2014 season for the men’s V-Reds cross-country team was one filled with victories and defeats. With numerous returning athletes and strong incoming freshmen the mens team was eager to get back on the podium after several years of falling just short.
2014 UNB XC Season Summary - Men
Nov 18, 2014
The men started the year at the Acadia Invitational where they finished 3rd as a team. As the co-hosts of the second competition with Saint Thomas University the men finished a season best 2nd place. Following this up they headed to Moncton for the UdeM Invitational where they once again finished third behind StFX and Dalhousie. At the final competition before the conference championships (Interlock with Quebec conference hosted by StFX) a number of the men took some time to rest and recover from nagging issues but still managed to come out with a 8th place finish out of thirteen teams.
These successes during the pre-championship season showed the men that their goal of finishing on the podium was possible and they worked extremely hard over the eight week season to attain it but in the end they fell short of reaching this goal by only a few points.
First year Joshua Shanks was the teams top finisher placing 13th in his first year and was the #2 rookie in the conference. Jonathan Bunn was the teams second finisher coming across the line in 17th place. Team captain Taylor Lamarche was the 3rd finisher for the team and 20th overall. Next up were Chris McNamara in 22nd and Clayton Holteen in 26th. The top 5 scored 98 points well ahead of their 2013 total of 115. However, just like last year MUN was better on the day relegating the Reds to fourth place overall out of seven teams. Also finishing for the Reds were Marc-Andre Manuel in 31st and Colby Craig in 32nd.
The 2014 season was one of ups and downs for the mens team. The end result was not what they had hoped for but their successes and improvements over the year prove that this team is on an upward path and focused on building on this years success in order to make the 2015 cross country season even greater.