Women place second at OUA championships

Angrand leads the way

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Western Cross Country

Jonas Hrebeniuk

I'VE HEARD OF A CASE OF THE TROTS, BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS. Western hosted the OUA cross-country championships this past weekend at Thames Valley Golf Course. The women placed fourth in the province, with a standout performance from Leila Angrand.

Rainy days and slippery grass couldn’t stop the Western Mustangs’ cross-country team from running an impressive race early Saturday morning.

The Purple and Silver played host to the Ontario University Athletics championships at the Thames Valley Golf Course, with 15 teams competing in the women’s division and 14 teams with the men’s division.

Beginning with the women’s five-kilometre race, Leila Angrand finished second place behind Guelph’s Lindsay Carson. Carson’s time of 17:38 narrowly pushed Angrand’s 17:44 out of the top spot.

But when all was said and done, the Mustangs women’s team earned 77 points " enough to place second overall.

“This race felt comfortable. The silver medal was my best effort yet. I had more energy but [the race placement] wasn’t easy to get [there],” Angrand said.

Fellow Mustang Lynn Mockler, who finished eighth with a time of 18:40, commented on her performance by adding her injuries had begun to flare up.

“I had a pulled quad, but now my Achilles [tendon] has started to hurt.”

With Angrand and Mockler both in high positions, the rest of the team seemed to settle in. Team captain Jenn Webber placed 20th with a time of 19:10; Lorelle Convery 22nd in a time of 19:14 and Stephanie Van Veen in 25th with 19:16. Other mentionable Mustangs women were Kimberly Chinfat in 29th and Hilary Egan in 31st.

In the men’s 10km race, Guelph’s Kyle Boorsma finished first with a time of 31:47.

Western runner Kyle O’Neil finished in sixth place with a time of 32:33. Following O’Neil was Ryan Huff with an 18th place finish.

Senior Nathan DeWitt was close behind in 19th with 33:31 and William Komer finished in the same time but placed 20th. Other notable athletes include Ryan Armstrong in 22nd, Scott Emberly in 28th, and Alex Mouret in 32nd.

Overall, the men’s team finished fourth overall with 85 points. “Unfortunately, that means no [Canadian Interuniversity Sport] for the team,” O’Neil said.

“I was disappointed the team was fourth overall and didn’t make it to CIS. [But] I ran really well [myself] with a personal best this race. Last race, I was 32:55 so I was 22 seconds faster.

“[The] conditions were not ideal. I had to wear longer spikes to get better grip on the ground,” he added.

DeWitt also admitted his disappointment with the team’s fourth place finish, but remained somewhat optimistic.

“On any given day the top four teams could have traded places. It was a really good season leading up to this.”

Coach Bob Vigars conceded he, too, thought the men’s team would be closer, but it didn’t stop him adding encouraging remarks about the team.

“Lorelle has been ill, so today she was a little sluggish. Webber did particularly well and dug down [to finish].”

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