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Laurentian Women's Cross
Country Places 11th at Nationals
Katie Wismer #32 and Michelle Kennedy #28
November 8, 2014 Laurentian Women's Cross Country Places 11th
The Laurentian women's cross-country running team competed
at the CIS Championships in St. John's, Newfoundland, this
weekend, completing their season with an 11th-place finish
and a score of 274 points.
Laurentian's score of 274 was only 18 points from the top-ten
position that was their season's goal. The race involved
26 universities, including 19 full teams and 7 partial squads.
The conditions in St. John were challenging, with wind
gusts approaching 110 km per hour on the Pippy Park Golf
Course, and a mix of sun, hail and rain facing the 132 runners
who competed. The extreme wind speeds made it difficult
for runners to breathe and maintain their balance, with
a number of slips and falls occurring. "In my 48 years
of involvement in this sport, I've never seen a race run
in such high winds," said head coach, Dick Moss.
"Some of our girls had trouble with the wind and we
lost our normal tight scoring split," said assistant
coach, Darren Jermyn. "At the OUA's our top-five finished
within 17 seconds of each other. Today, our split was 53
seconds, and it cost us on the scoreboard. And the conditions
slowed everyone's time by about two and a half minutes."
The Vees were led by Michelle Kennedy, who finished an
excellent 34th overall with a time of 24:32, followed by
Marissa Lobert in 61st at 25:07 , Emily Marcolini in 63rd
with 25:09, Katie Wismer in 65th in 25:11 and Maddy Bak
in 79th with a 25:25. Emily Driedger and Samantha Edwards
acted as displacers, in 80th and 96th with times of 25:26
and 25:47 respectively.
"We matched our school's best-ever finish ever at
Nationals and were 82 points and two positions better than
last year" said head coach, Dick Moss. "We almost
met our season's goal of a top-10 finish, but came up 18
points short. That said, we've made remarkable progress
this season, and most of the girls are back for another
shot next year, so the program is looking good."
Laurentian finishes their season with a cumulative win/loss
record of 47/23.
Laurentian Individual Scores
34, Michelle Kennedy, 24:32
61, Marissa Lobert, 25:07
63, Emily Marcolini, 25:09
65, Katie Wismer, 25:11
79, Maddy Bak, 25:25
80, Emily Driedger, 25:26
96, Samantha Edwards, 25:47
1. Guelph, 34
2. Trinity Western, 105
3. Queen's, 132
4. Toronto, 159
5. Western, 163
6. Victoria, 164
7. Laval, 185
8. Dalhousie, 189
9. Ottawa, 244
10. Alberta, 258
11. Laurentian, 276
12. McMaster, 302
13. Calgary, 303
14. MacEwan, 353
15. Waterloo, 368
16. Regina, 385
17. Manitoba, 437
18. Memorial, 557
19. Thompson River, 577
23. St. Francis Xavier
24. New Brunswick
25. U. of Quebec
26. Trois Rivieres
L-R: Yves Sikawabo,
Ross Proudfoot, Tristane Woodfine
Ross Proudfoot ended his university cross-country running
career in style Saturday.
The Lively native and University of Guelph student-athlete
won his first Canadian Interuniversity Sports individual
gold medal, finishing the 10-km race in 33:47.2, to wrap
up one of the most decorated CIS cross-country careers of
“I have been in the lead pack at CIS before and I
have been looking at a shot at winning since my second year
when I finished fourth, and coming into the CIS, I always
a couple of seconds off, and to finally get it in the last
year was huge, a great way to cap it off,” Proudfoot
said Monday from Guelph. “I had such a great season
going and I just tried to play it smart as I could.”
It was certainly a cerebral race. Winds
peaked near 110 km per hour at Pippy Park Golf Course in
St. John's, Nfld., where the races were contested, along
with rain and some hail.
“I played the wind smart,” said Proudfoot,
who won his second OUA title two weeks ago. “Others
might have done more leading early on, but there was a big
pack in the first five kilometres and I didn't take the
lead at any time and I didn't make a move until there was
a kilometre to go.
“It was up on a mountain, so it was pretty coastal
and it was high up, so you could see the ocean and it was
hurricane winds, so you couldn't do much when you had a
head wind,” he continued. “The top eight stayed
together until the last 1,500 metres or so. I'm glad I had
a good lead with 200 metres to go, and the last 50, it felt
great to know I had enough in the tank to get it. It felt
awesome and it was a big relief and I was thinking before
the race, 'don't miss this shot,' and finally getting it
was huge. I felt pretty good when I crossed the finish line,
pretty cold, but it was awesome.”
Proudfoot finishes his varsity career as a five-time first
team All-Canadian, and his gold medal run helped the Gryphons
achieve arguably the most dominant performance in CIS history,
setting the meet record for largest margin of victory and
winning their ninth straight CIS title. In addition to his
five All-Canadian awards, Proudfoot is a five-time CIS team
champion in cross-country and was named the CIS cross-country
athlete of the year.
“I had been running hot all season and always had
good preseason meets and have always done well over eight
kilometres, and this season I think I had my best ever,”
Proudfoot took a few moments to look back on his Gryphons
“My first year was a dream year where I all the sudden
stepped into university and was running better than I had
in high school,” he said. “So that first season
here at Guelph was my first big step into the international
scene, as well as elite running in Canada. Running has been
my life and I was making national junior teams and stuff
like that and working my way in the sport. It has been a
whirlwind, and all five years I have been All-Canadian and
have accolades in track and field as well, and it is an
awesome place to do it in Guelph. The school has always
helped me and I have great teammates and we have a running
culture and put in great amounts of training and everyone
runs at such a high level and it's instilled in us and every
season we have be consistent, so it has been really cool.
It has been a great five years, and capping it off with
that win was nuts.”
Proudfoot isn't done racing for the Gryphons, however.
“I get a bit of time off now and will do an indoor
season in the CIS,” he said.
Proudfoot is already looking beyond university competition
“Hopefuly this summer I will qualify for the Pan
Am Games and maybe worlds,” he said. “The standard
for Pan Ams is pretty easy, you need to be top two in 1,500
and I was third last year. For the world championships,
I need to match the Olympic A standard, so I need to take
three seconds off.”
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quest for a Dilly Bar by
Laurel Myers | November 5, 2014
Sudbury Sports Magazine editor
Laurel Myers (right) completed the 10-km event at Sudbury
Rocks with her mother, Shelley Myers. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Sudbury Fitness Challenge inspires
with ice cream
It’s a common refrain with those in
the weekend warrior fitness realm: “I run to eat.”
We pour our hearts and souls into exercise
and fitness — be it running, biking, triathlons,
etc. — not so much to be the best athlete out there,
but to be able to indulge in the finer things in life
(eg. dessert, wine, beer and pizza) without the bulgy
I love to run. Consequently, I also have
a weakness for ice cream and red wine.
Around this time last year, I committed
to take part in the year-long Sudbury Fitness Challenge,
which includes six events in a variety of disciplines
spread out over the year.
“The Fitness Challenge is a way to
get people out to what would otherwise be considered fairly
obscure sports,” said Neil Phipps, co-ordinator
of the Sudbury Fitness Challenge, when I interviewed him
prior to the 2014 series.
“You’re almost certainly going
to have the best athletes in the city at these events,”
he continued. “But at the same time, any recreational
athlete would be able to participate in them as well.
Each of the events really strives to accommodate the full
range of participants.”
|I definitely fit into the recreational athlete category.
And I’m always up for a new challenge.
I decided to take part for three reasons: 1. To help promote
the challenge, which has been running since the early 1980s,
and, in turn, encourage participation; 2. To rub elbows
with some of the city’s top athletes and event organizers;
and 3. I simply wanted to see if I could do it.
So, as the calendar year rolled over to 2014, I launched
into my first experience in the Sudbury Fitness Challenge,
starting with the Sofie Manarin Nickel Loppet in January.
There were times, pre- and mid-event, when I was questioning
what I had gotten myself into — the Island Swim, in
particular, was absolutely incomprehensible to me. But when
I crossed the finish line at each event, and saw the cooler
of Dairy Queen Dilly Bars designated for participants, everything
came back into focus — I am skiing/running/canoeing/swimming
specifically for that creamy roll of chocolate-dipped motivation.
Truth be told, by the end of each of the events, the physical
exertion caused me to be uncharacteristically uninterested
in consuming ice cream. But the other participants all flocked
to the Dilly Bars with uninhibited glee.
I completed the final of the six events — the Turkey
Gobbler Trail Run, held at the Naughton Trails — just
a couple weeks ago. Looking back, I can happily say I accomplished
all to which I had originally set out.
First, and most importantly, the numbers were up.
“I’m really excited this year about the turnout
for the Fitness Challenge,” Phipps said. “We
had not just big numbers but it was quite clear people were
targeting all of the events, that they were using it to
challenge themselves throughout the year.
“It’s an exciting growth year for us,”
he added. “It’s good to see people getting out.”
As for my second goal, I can definitely connect more faces
to names now in Sudbury’s endurance sports world.
I met some great people, both elite level athletes and those
at the same green level as myself. No matter the level,
each of those competitors was full of positivity, encouragement
Same goes for those who volunteered their time to organize
and facilitate these events. They are a dedicated and generous
bunch who ran their events with admirable precision. I was
extremely lucky to be able to have some one-on-one training
time with a couple of the convenors prior to the events.
Without them, I would have surely sunk come race day.
My third goal turned out quite a bit better than I had
anticipated. I accomplished every single event and even
managed to pull out a couple of wins in my age category
(Disclaimer: it’s easy to take first when you’re
the solo competitor). Overall, I finished third in the women’s
30-39 age grouping, and 13th in women overall. Not too shabby
for a first-time hack.
The Sudbury Fitness Challenge was, all in all, a wonderful
experience which gave me a gratifying sense of accomplishment
and appreciation. In about two months’ time, the 2015
edition will be underway and I’ll likely find myself
at the starting lines again.
But first, I’m going to get myself a Dilly Bar.
Myers (second from left) ran
the Beaton Classic as part of a four-person relay. Her
team included, from left, Darren Bomhower, Sherry Shea
and Craig Shea. PHOTO SUPPLIED
I learned in the Sudbury Fitness Challenge:
1. Sofie Manarin Nickel Loppet – Race day is not
the best time to use wax on your skis for the first time.
2. Sudbury Rocks Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes –
It’s equally, if not more, fulfilling to successfully
help your race buddy push her pace, rather than worrying
about your own time.
3. Canoe Marathon – Kayaking solo causes less relationship
strife than paddling a tandem canoe with your partner.
4. Island Swim – Thinking about training is not sufficient
5. Beaton Classic – Last place is still a place. I’d
rather finish at the bottom than not have participated at
6. Turkey Gobbler Trail Run – Trail running is a completely
different (yet still enjoyable) sport than road running.
Fitness Challenge Winners
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