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Lakehead’s cross country running teams competed Saturday at the 30th annual Roy Griak Invitational, one of the most prestigious races in the United States.
The women’s team ran the 6km very well, placing 6th (out of 17) in the Maroon Division III, and the men’s team placed 7th (out of 37) in the Maroon Division II 8km race.
“Tree was very strong today but overall our men underperformed,” says Sigsworth. We did not compete in the middle of the race when things got difficult. This is a good opportunity to realize that while this team has the potential to do great things it will only happen if each team member is willing to pay the price required to succeed. I expect we will be much better next weekend and moving forward through the season.”
Conversely for the women’s team, Sigsworth was pleased with their performance.
“I was very happy with how the women ran today. The executed the race plan and were tough in the final stages of the race. I am excited to see what this team can achieve moving forward.”
The Thunderwolf women competed in the Maroon Division III, made up of 232 athletes from 17 schools and several independent runners. They were led by Callie Roelfsema and Marla Keyes, who crossed the finish line first and second among their teammates, placing 16 and 17 overall.
They were followed by Natasha Frank (48), Heather Maxfield (55), Jacqueline Desimone (70), Bryanna van Leeuwen (93) and Megan Smith (97).
Following Tree, the men were led by Dominique Aulagnon in 27th place, with Trevor Zimac (57), Tyler White (72) and Gavin Sheilds (76) crossing 3rd, 4th and 5th for the ‘Wolves in their field of 392 runners. Kenny Groop and Mason Quarrell finished 97 and 180.