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It was a successful day for Lakehead’s cross country running teams at the OUA Championships, as the men placed 5th and the women 9th overall. Kevin Tree ran an exceptional race, placing a career-best 3rd at OUA’s and earning a spot on the OUA’s first All-Star team for a second year in a row.
In the men’s race, there was a big lead pack of about 12 for most of the first 7km of the race with Tree doing most of the leading of this group. On the last lap Alex Wilkie (Queen’s), Paul Janikowski (Windsor), and Kevin Tree broke away and it was from this group that the medals would be decided. With about 500m to go Wilkie and Janikowski put in a quick surge that Tree was unable to cover, despite chasing hard over the last stretch he wasn’t able to close the gap.
The women’s team finished in 9th with 242 points, 54 points behind 8th place Windsor. The men’s team finished 5th with 127 points, a narrow 10 points behind the Queen’s Gaels. The Guelph Gryphons men’s and women’s teams repeated as OUA Champions.
“The men battled hard in a very competitive field. I was hoping we would be able to catch Queen’s and finish 4th but they were just a bit better than us today. Tree ran great today and proved once again he’s capable of running with the best guys in the country.”
In doing so Tree reached his goal of a top 3 finish at OUA’s, and sets his sights next on the CIS race in two weeks’ time, hosted by Guelph, where he hopes to lead his team to even better results.
Marla Keyes 29
Callie Roelfsema 36
Heather Maxfield 49
Kayla Gallo 54
Natasha Frank 74
Jacqueline Desimone 75
Kevin Tree 3 – OUA Bronze – Career best
Gavin Shields 57