Gibbins takes fifth in invitational cross country run

Mohawk College’s lone entry in the women’s division, Charlene Gibbins, ran to a fifth place finish at an invitational cross country race staged by Kingston’s St. Lawrence College.

Gibbons was timed in 21:37.1 in the five-kilometre event and crossed the finish line 1:16.1 behind the winner, Toronto George Brown College’s Glenna Fraumeni, whose win on Saturday (Sept. 23) was her second in as many weekends.

Mohawk head coach Wayne Collins said, “In training and competition, Charlene Gibbins continues to impress me. She showed some strength, passing a few runners in the second half of the race. If you subtract the Queen’s (University) runner, she was fourth.”

This is probably the same group she will race against at the end of October in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association championship on the same course.

In the men’s eight-kilometre event, Mohawk’s top runner, Andre Simon, was looking strong in fifth place at the midway mark, but a very sore leg forced him to retire rather than aggravate the situation by continuing.

“It takes some maturity and experience to know when to drop out. It is one of the hardest things a runner has to do. You feel unbelievably (bad) at the moment, but you know it is the right thing to do,” said Collins.

For the rest of the men’s team, Ryan Hassim was 29th in 32:21.2, a performance that pleased Collins, who noted that Hassim, is in his first year of racing with Mohawk and should be one of the college’s top runners this year.

Cameron Shepherd was 34th in 32:40.2; Greg Shipman was 38th in 33:07.3; Jacob McDonald was 46th in 33:55.2; Peter Jennings, was 62nd in 34:41.4; Rick Leendertse was 74th in 36:22.5; Ryan Dionne was 81st in 37:33.8; Adam Salhani was 88th in 38:56.2.

The men’s winner, for the second straight week, was Martin Labute of St. Clair, in 27:59.9.

Mohawk expects to compete next Saturday (Sept. 29) at a meet in London.