Coach satisfied with Mohawk runners first race

Mohawk cross country runners opened their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association season with a strong effort at the Fanshawe Invitational in London on Saturday (Sept. 22).

There was an incredibly fast pace for the men with the top 35 runners timed under 30 minutes for the 8-kilometre course. Mohawk’s men’s team placed fourth with 78 points, two points behind third place Fleming.

Individual results were Jesse Wilcox 13th in 27:34, Hassan Ishaq 23rd in 28:47, Kevin Patterson 29th in 29:14, John Miles 30th in 29:19, Bradley Wilcox 31st in 29:34, Luc Seguin 34th in 29:46, and Dan Namisniak 56th in 33:31.

The women’s 5k race saw individual efforts since Mohawk had only three entries. The top Mohawk woman was Kassandra O’Reilly, who was 23rd in 22:25, Maria Novelli 31st in 23:21, and Sarah Bush 42nd, timed in 26:09.

New head coach Andre Simon said it was a strong first effort from his runners.

“The first race of the year is always a good stepping stone to let the athletes know where their fitness is and where in their race/training they need to improve,” said Simon. “The men and women all ran personal best times or very close to it. That is huge with the training block they went through and with four weeks to go on the schedule until the OCAA Championships.”