Over the Thanksgiving weekend the Reds travelled to Montreal for the 2013 Interlock competition held on Saturday October 12th. Held at the Maisonneuve Park in the shadows of Olympic Stadium the course was fast and fields were deep. With thirteen teams from three conferences (Quebec, Atlantic, and Ontario) and 139 athletes taking part this was the largest and fastest race that the Reds have been in this year.
Leading the Reds over the 6km course was rookie sensation Katie Robinson who took another 45 seconds off her best time to finish in 33rd place (7th for AUS athletes). Katie Wallace (88th) and Nathalie Cecire (90th) ran together for much of the race and were the second and third finishers for the team. Kelsey Hogan (101st), Priya Bhutani (103rd), Courtney Barbour (107th), and Caroline MacIssac (114th) all ran strong races on the grassy course.
As a team the ladies finished in 10th place (3rd for AUS teams). Seven nationally ranked teams were in attendance with number two-ranked Queen's University winning the event.
Head coach Jason Reindl had this to say, "This was a great experience for our athletes. We are still very young and racing two of the top athletes in the country (Queen's University's Julie-Anne Staelhi and Victoria Coates) is a great opportunity for us. I feel confident that our girls will be ready to roll in Moncton and finish on the podium in two weeks. The Interlock event is always something athletes and coaches look forward to."
With two weeks to go until the AUS championships, October 26th, in Moncton the ladies will be looking to get in a few more workouts and let the body recover before the championship. The championship race of 6km will be held on the University de Moncton campus starting at 12:00pm.