Mohawk men finish in middle of the cross country pack

MohawkMohawk Mountaineers Jessie Wilcox placed 20th in a field of 116 men’s runners at the New Balance Toronto Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at Humber College Saturday (Nov. 9).

Wilcox completed the eight kilometre course at the Humber Arboretum in 27:38.25. His brother, Bradley Wilcox, was 52nd in 29:10.10.

Other Mohawk results included Johannes Louw (60) 29:22.25; Hassan Ishaq (61) 29:22.40; Kevin Patterson (69) 29:36.88; and Ryan Gagnon (89) 30:33.85.

Stephan St-Martin of Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures Quebec won the race, timed in 25:37.47. The top Ontario Colleges Athletic Association runner was Fanshawe’s Clint Smith, timed in 25:41.98.

Smith led Fanshawe to the men’s team title. Mohawk was 11th, out of 21 teams competing. Ontario runners, again led by Smith, were just nosed out by the Quebec Conference for the Male Team National Championship.

Mohawk had no women entered. Leslie Koopman of MacEwan University won the women’s individual title in 19:17.95 over five kilometres. She was less than one second ahead of teammate Vanessa Trofimenkoff and Marriya Jenkins of Concordia University College of Alberta in a one-two-three finish by Edmonton athletes.

Courtney Brohart of St. Lawrence-Kingston, led the Ontario contingent finishing 10th.

UBC Okanagan was the female team champion.

Alberta Conference runners took the Female Teams National Championship. The OCAA wound up third.