On September 11, 2010 the Augustana Cross Country Running team kicked off their season with a warm up race at Grand Prairie Regional College. Since that race however, the Vikings have been climbing the standings and improving their performance with each outing.
On September 18th the Vikings team took a large contingent of runners up to Calgary to tackle the SAIT course. For the women Andrea Labreque and Shara Harke finished 12 and 17 respectively, posting good competitive times over the 4km distance. The men came out in full force having Andrew Pohl and Buddy Brown in the top ten posting very competitive times of 20.05 and 20.28 respectively. Our top ten male runners were backed up by Kieran Baird, Andrew Brisbin and Nils Lokken in the top 25 which allowed the Augustana men take home 1st place. The women took home 4th place in a fairly tight field. In the overall ACAC team standing for the day Augustana came out on top with a close 1st place finish.
The Vikings latest race was this past weekend at Red Deer College where they once again showed their Vikings spirit with the women coming 2nd and the men 3rd in the ACAC standings. Key runners for the weekend were Kathryn Stone making her season debut placing 4th with a time of 22.29 over the 5km course. Lauren Brookes also posted a top ten time finishing in 25.30. Andrea Labrecque, Shara Harke, and Jennifer Paterson also placed in the top twenty making the showing on the women’s side very strong. On the men’s side Michael Cole and Tyler Bisset finished 10th and 11th respectively with very close times of 34.10 and 34.16.
This coming weekend the Vikings head to Edmonton to take on the MacEwan race course. Head coach Gerhard Lotz believes that this weekend will be the true test for the Vikings as the field looks to have a strong showing. The team hopes to post good times as well as get a feel for the course as it will be the course used for the ACAC Championships at the end of October.