Redeemer Women take top spot at Seneca x-country

Jillian Marquardt and her Redeemer teammates placed first at Seneca Invitational. (Photo: Redeemer University College)

The Redeemer Royals women’s cross country team finished first at the Seneca Invitational, marking the first time the Lady Royals were crowned the winners of a x-country Invitational in recent history.

The Lady Royals accumulated 44 points on Saturday (Sept. 29) while Fanshawe College had 46 points for second place, and host Seneca College was third with 57 points. Redeemer finished behind Fanshawe at the Fanshawe Invitational the previous weekend.

There were eight complete teams for the women’s division. Julie Koopmans (Chatham, ON) was the first Royal over the line with a time of 19:16, good enough for eighth place. Jillian Marquardt (Pembroke, ON) was right behind Koopmans in ninth with a time of 19:33. Adrianna So (Toronto, ON) was the third Royal in with a 14th place finish in a time of 20:18.

Gina Van Haren (Lacombe, AB) was the final counter for Redeemer in the 26th spot with a time of 21:34. Tracey Ubbens (Toronto) came across the line as Redeemer’s fifth runner in 30th with a time of 22:30 while Danica Thomsen (Stittsville, ON) was right behind in the 32nd spot with a time of 22:56.

Cross country coach Jeff Summerhays was pleased. “It was a great day of running. The girls really raced well. We closed the gap between our third and fourth counter a little which is what we need to do. Overall, they were extremely excited about winning.”

The men’s team finished seventh out of 11 teams even though they were missing Nathan Verbaan (Bowmanville, ON), Redeemer’s number two runner.

“Taylor Kraayenbrink (Port Lambton, ON) had a fantastic race for the Royals, running the best race of his career. He followed his race plan to a tee and he passed a lot of guys the second half of the race,” said Summerhays..

Overall, he finished fifth in 25:55

“He continues to improve and was approximately one full minute faster this week compared to last week,” noted the coach. “He beat a number of guys who were ahead of him at the Fanshawe Invitational. He was very encouraged by his results from today”.

Alexandre Drouin (Quebec City) was the second Royal across the line in 39th place. He finished with a time of 30:05. Zac Duguay (Mississauga) trailed in 40th place with a time of 30:16.

Colten Gowan (Forest, ON) was 41st with a time of 30:17 and Hayden Regeling (Thornton, ON) was 51st in 31:51.

The Royals next meet will be at the University of Guelph for the Vic Matthews Open on Oct. 13.