Concordia’s cross country running club has high hopes this year with a mix of new and returning talent. Stephane Colle of the men’s team is the equivalent of a ‘big name signing,’ according to head coach John LoFranco. Colle nabbed silver in the 5000m final and placed fourth in the steeplechase at the Canada Games in Prince-Edward Island this past August.
Ryan Noel-Hodge is another workhorse on the men’s squad that started training with the team while he was still at Dawson, and he has high hopes to follow in the footsteps of his teammate and compete nationally for Canada. Both Noel-Hodge and Colle are members of the Quebec Programme d’Excellence, a high-achievement athletics distinction.
On the women’s side, two former captains, Amélie Roy and Rebecca Trembath, return to the team. Over a dozen candidates are vying for the top seven spots on the women’s team, most of which boast a sub-22 minute 5km time on their running resumés.
The cross country team shows off their new additions and experienced veterans at McGill on Sept. 19 for the first race of the season. The women will race 4km and the men will take on 6km.