Thunderwolves Cross Country Teams Do Well in Wisconsin
EAU CLAIRE – LU Sports – The Lakehead Thunderwolves Cross Country teams traveled to Eau Claire, Wisconsin this weekend to compete in the Bluegold Invitational. It was another opportunity for the T-Wolves to race against good American runners and test out their hard training. The team caught a break, avoiding the forecasted thunder showers, making for pleasant cool weather during the race.
The men’s team raced hard and placed 5th out of 26 teams in the 8km race. In a field of 453 runners, Dominque Aulagnon stepped up big once again and led the team, placing 13th in a time of 25:20 while Kevin tree was hot on his heels placing just 2 seconds back in 14th.
Senior Chris Brown had a spectacular race placing 20th in a time of 25:32 while freshmen Mason Quarrell ran tough placing 49th. Joining the team for the first time this year, Dylan Brown returned and finished off the scoring for the team, placing 53rd.
Senior Travis Roske had his best race of the year so far placing 56th and Tyler White was not far back from him in 80th. Ben Jones placed 157th despite injuring his foot mid-race, while track specialist Geoff Chambers-Bedard, finished off his season running well in 161st position.
Danielle Thiel Runs Great!
On the womens side, the team did well and placed 15th out of 25 teams. Out of 424 runners in the 6km race, Danielle Thiel had a spectacular run coming in 2nd place in a time of 21:59. Thiel ran an aggressive race with some big moves throughout the course, leading for most of the race before being passed near the end.
Freshmen Mary Strain ran a strong race placing 104th in a time of 24:18, while Jessica Baraskewich crossed the line in 144th in a time of 24:47. Victoria Alexander also ran well coming close to Jessica placing 163rd in 24:58 while Natasha Frank finished off the scoring for the team coming in 183rd in a time of 28:32.
Coach Kip Sigsworth commented, “Big run for Danielle today, she looked confident and took the lead and pushed the pace in the last half of the course. Overall a better day for the women – they are improving each week which is the goal. The men looked a bit tired this weekend which is not surprising seeing as they have raced the last three weekends in a row. Overall they competed well but didn’t seem to have it physically. Three weeks to sort things out before OUA’s and I am confident they will be ready.”
This is the last race for the team before OUA’s on October 26th in Hamilton.