Mohawk cross country legends to enter OCAA Hall of Fame

Two men, who made major contributions to the cross country program at Mohawk College, have been named to the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Multiple champion Rodney Alderdice and highly successful coach Paul Stratford will be inducted at the fifth OCAA Hall of Fame ceremony Wednesday, May 4, at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

Alderdice’s cross country running career at Mohawk was filled with team and individual honours. Between 1990 and 1995 he dominated the OCAA collecting an incredible three individual gold medals as well as two silver medals. The Civil Engineering Technology graduate was named Male Freshman Athlete of the year in 1990-91, also kicking off an amazing run of four consecutive honours as the MVP of the Mountaineer squad.

His team benefited greatly from his efforts, winning OCAA gold, silver and bronze medals during this time. In 1993-94, Alderdice was hailed as Mohawk’s Outstanding Male Athlete. He was inducted into the Mohawk Mountaineer Hall of Fame in 2006.

Stratford’s athletic accomplishments began while he was a student at Mohawk as a member of the 1971 and 1972 OCAA men’s cross country championship team. After graduation he continued his cross country career as coach from 1981 to 1989. During his coaching career, Stratford’s record included four OCAA men’s team championships from 1983 to 1987, eight OCAA women’s team championships from 1982 to 1989, and five individual men’s and women’s champions.

Stratford was not only an outstanding recruiter of cross country runners but also an avid supporter of the entire athletic program and was inducted as a builder in the Mountaineer Hall of Fame in 1999.