Mohawk beaten before, during and after x-country race

Mohawk’s cross country team has had better days than it did on Saturday (Oct. 4) at the Fleming College Invitational in Peterborough.

For starters, several Mohawk runners were unavailable for various reasons, so six men and one woman were in the field. Charlene Gibbins, was a little under the weather during the week and it showed in her performance. But she was still able to finish eighth overall in the women’s five-kilometre event with a time of 22:30. Dawn Martin of St. Lawrence Brockville won in 20:30.

On the men’s side, Jeff VanderHarst looked strong finishing 14th in 31:27. Joch Bujold of Cambrian won in 28:41. Mohawk’s Jacob McDonald was 34th, Matt Giroux placed 39th and Alex Hamilton crossed in 43rd place.

Kyle Leis, who competed in his first race for Mohawk and did well, was unfortunately not listed in the final results. Coach Wayne Collins said there was a problem with the computer chips the runners wear. For instance, Dan Culp of Mohawk was listed in the results, but was one of the runners who did not make the race.

Meanwhile, Dave Hirsh twisted the same ankle twice during the race and had to withdraw.

Mohawk plans to compete next in Windsor Oct. 18.