X-country men give Mohawk third in season debut

Mohawk Mountaineers men’s cross country team placed third overall on Saturday (Sept. 15) in their first race of the season. The women’s team did not have a full field to count in the women’s standings at the invitational meet staged jointly by Mohawk College and Redeemer University College in Ancaster.

Andre Simon led the men finishing fifth overall in 30:16 in the eight-kilometer run. St. Clair College’s Martin Labute clocked 28:12 to win the event. Mohawk’s Justin Hensen was ninth in 32:17, Ryan Hassim took 34th, in 34:21, Greg Shipman was 39th in 34:59 and Tyler Beedham wound up in 42nd place, timed in 35:20.

In all, 64 men completed the course along the trails of the Hamilton Conservation Authority near the Ancaster Community Centre. Mohawk’s Cam Shepherd was forced to drop out with a twisted ankle, but coach Wayne Collins does not believe the injury is too serious.

Collins, who was pleased by the solid effort of his athletes, plans to take the team to next weekend’s meet at St. Lawrence College in Kingston.

And while the women couldn’t count in the team standings, Mountaineer Charlene Gibbins, in her first race, finished sixth in the women’s five kilometre event. She had a time 22:56, just 1:49 back of winner Glenna Fraumeni of George Brown.

Mohawk’s other female runner, Meghan Yzerman finished 20th, in 26:08.