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Author: Hugh Mullally
Lakehead Athletics history was made on Saturday at the OUA Cross Country Championships, where the men’s team placed 4th overall, their best ever finish at OUA’s.
Kevin Tree, of Tottenham, Ontario, was the top Thunderwolf on the day, placing 6th overall, followed closely by Dominique Aulagnon in 9th, and Dylan Brown 10th. Tree finished with a time of 31:10.34, 10s behind the 5th place finisher from Queen’s, while Aulagnon and Brown crossed the finish line 22 and 23 seconds later, respectively.
The three T-Wolves would be awarded OUA All-Star status, Tree first team and Aulagnon and Brown second team. Rounding out Lakehead’s runners were Mason Quarrell placing 31st and Connor McGuire 36th.
Ross Proudfoot of Guelph was the individual gold medallist, leading the Gryphons to the OUA team championship, their runners placing 1-2-3-4-12 (22 points).
McMaster and Windsor were tied at 71 points each for second place, the tie broken by their respective displacers, who as well couldn’t have been bunched any closer in the rankings. Windsor was awarded the team silver medal on the tie break.
Lakehead’s point total of 92 (6-9-10-31-36) secured them 4th place, 47 points ahead of Queen’s, thus justifying Lakehead’s similar ranking of 4th in the OUA earlier this week. They are currently ranked #6 in the CIS, and will attend the CIS race in two weeks, being held in St John’s, Newfoundland.
The Lakehead women’s team did not field a full complement in Kingston due to injury, however sophomore Mary Strain placed 42nd overall. Callie Roelfsema placed 61st, with Natasha Frank and Elora Beitz finishing 76 and 79, respectively.
Men’s Final Team Standings
1) Guelph Gryphons, 22
2) Windsor Lancers, 71*
3) McMaster Marauders, 71*
4) Lakehead Thunderwolves, 92
5) Queen’s Gaels, 139
6) Western Mustangs, 165
7) Toronto Varsity Blues, 229
8) Ottawa Gee-Gees, 237
9) York Lions, 250
10) Waterloo Warriors, 257
11) Laurier Golden Hawks, 259
12) Brock Badgers, 351
13) Nipissing Lakers, 367