The Western Invitational cross-country course in London, Ontario is a soft, and mushy all-grass course with constant rolling hills. Competition at this event is fierce. Only at the CIS championships will the Stingers’ cross-country team be faced with such a strong a group of runners.
On the men’s side, Ryan Noel-Hodge finished a strong performance in eighth place. He won last week’s McGill Open. Starting this run in the lead pack, he was unable to hold on to the top runners, as they increased the pace going through the second half of the eight kilometre race.
“It went well,” he said. “There was good competition up front. This is my base; I will only progress from here.”
The rest of the men’s team ran hard, but came out of the race wanting more.
The women’s team worked hard for it, with the top four running within a minute of one another. The majority of the team was happy with their performance. The women ended the race in 12th place.
“Next time, the goal will be to try to start out closer together and work to push each other throughout the race,” said coach John Lofranco.
Concordia’s next meet will be on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Stingers will participate in the Sherbrooke Vert et Or Invitational.
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