By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications
September 23, 2012, VICTORIA – Competing in the St. Martin’s Invitational in Washington, their first meet of the season, the men’s and women’s cross-country teams return to Victoria with an individual first place finish for the men and an individual second place finish for the women.
2011 Canada West Rookie of the Year Ryan Cassidy earned the men’s title in the 8-km with a time of 25:40:75 while University of Calgary-transfer Madeline McDonald raced for the first time as a Vike and came second in the women’s 6-km with a time of 22:09:50.
With first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eleventh place finishes, the men dominated the race and won the team title. Second-year Forrest Simpson came in just after winner Cassidy while Dylan Haight, Doug Oxland, Patrick Psotka, and Josh Cloutier crossed the finish line in quick succession.
On the women’s side, after McDonald’s second place finish, fifth-year Brittany Therrien was tenth and ran the 6-k with a time of 23:25:14. Fellow veteran Riley McQueen came in thirteenth at 23:46:90 while freshman Emma Bibault came in at 24:12:98 and placed nineteenth.
“It was a great opener for the team, the men showed strong results and dominated the race,” said Brent Fougner, head coach of the men’s and women’s cross-country teams. “Forrest Simpson was a walk-on for us last year and has really come a long way, he did a lot of work this summer and it showed with his second place result.”
Next up for the men’s and women’s cross-country teams is the Western Washington Classic Invitational on Oct. 6 in Bellingham, Washington.