The Cross Country Running and Ski teams are off to a busy and exciting start for the 2015-2016 season. The running team has already competed in two Grand Prix races, the first at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre hosted by Concordia University, and the second at the Grande Prairie Nordic Centre, hosted by Grande Prairie Regional College.
At the first race, Emily McIlroy finished first for the Augustana women’s team and 9th overall in a time of 21:50 for 5 km followed by first year Anna Sigurdson and Taya Hoar. Tayla Koerber, Brittany Boyko, and Katelynn Cooke all participated in their first ACAC race and all competed well. In the men’s race, Cam Raynor finished first for the Augustana men and 13th overall in a time of 30:35 for 8km. He was followed by Jonathan Fuller And Matthieu Martin. Joe Sartison competed in his first ACAC race and finished in 26th place.
Due to the travel time of the second race to Grande Prairie, the men and women both started their races together, the women completing a 5km, and the men 8km. The course was very sandy in places and featured several hundred meters of single-track trail, making the course unique to the ACAC circuit and enjoyable to run. Top three finishers for the women were Emily McIlroy, Anna Sigurdson, and Taya Hoar, and for the men Matthieu Martin, and Jonathan Fuller and Joedy Dalke. Coaches Gerhard Lotz and Robert Renman competed in the men’s 8km race and each won their age category. Next weekend the running team will travel to Calgary for the third Grand Prix.
This past weekend, ten of the Cross Country Ski team members travelled to Prince Albert, SK to put on a training camp for children to teach ski fundamentals and the importance of physical and mental training. The ski members also put in some of their own training with running and roller skiing sessions.
Augustana will host a Grand Prix race on Saturday, October 17 at the Stoney Creek Centre. The women will race 5km at noon with the men following at 1pm for their 8km race.