The Laurentian University Women's Cross-Country Running Team completed their regular season with some exceptional individual results at the Queen's Open in Kingston this weekend.
Sudbury's Leila Angrand finished first among university runners with a time of 19:13 over the windy 5k course. With the field grouped up because of the conditions, Angrand broke from the pack with over 2 kilometres to go, building a sizeable 10 second lead over McGill's Laura Wilson.
"The pace felt slow, said Angrand. "So I decided to risk being by myself and I made a move."
Kirsti Dolson finished 6th among university athletes, with a time of 19:50. She was the first rookie to finish. She was followed by Sudbury's Melanie Muise, 33rd in 21:42, Perth's Jennie Oliver, 35th in 21:45, the Sault's Marnie Smith, 42nd in 22:00, Toronto's Caitlin Tino, 50th in 22:20 and Tottenham's Sheryl Neal, 55th in 22:51.
The team finished 4th among university teams with 110 points. University team scores were as follows:
1. York University: 98
2. Queen's U: 123
3. McGill: 135
4. Laurentian 165
5. Waterloo: 166
6. U. of Ottawa: 210
(For those of you who saw the initial results sheet - they updated them to score the first five, instead of the first four).
"You can probably deduct a minute from those times because of the wind." said Head Coach, Dick Moss. "But I'm really happy with the way everyone ran. We have a better team than people realize and with a full squad at OUA's we might surprise some people."
Laurentian assistant Coach, Lisa Labrecque, won the open category, winning by a six second margin over last year's CIS champion, Beth Wightman,with a time of 18:24. Labrecque, a teacher with the Rainbow District School Board, is a member of the National Cross-Country team.