On a chilly windy morning in Windsor, Ontario, the UTM Eagles Cross Country team took to the race course of their first meet of the season at the St. Clair College Invitational. It was a great effort all around from both the men’s and women’s teams, but it was the women’s team that made program history by finishing first place.
UTM’s Cross Country has sent athletes to Provincials and Nationals every year, but they have yet to win a meet. This past Saturday September 14th, marked the first time a UTM cross country athlete has won a race since the program’s OCAA debut. Third-year UTM medicine student Sophie Glanz placed first overall, winning the six-kilometer race with a time of 23:47.9.
It didn’t end there with the women’s achievements at this invitational. Four members of the women’s team finished in the top 15. Behind Glanz in the top 15, Eirini Martsoukaki finished seventh with a time of 26:12.5; Taylyn Tait finished eighth with a time of 26:13.8; and Tori Horrobin finished 13th with a time of 27:17.9. The Women’s team finished first overall with a score of 29, over Laurier Brantford.
UTM’s Men’s Cross Country team ran a good race of their own, placing sixth overall behind Cambrian in the meet. UTM senior runner Gabe Boily-Porter ran the best time of his teammates, finishing the eight-kilometer races with a time of 29:05.5, placing 17th out of nearly 80 runners.
The UTM Eagles Men’s and Women’s Cross Country team take to the race course again in couple weeks on Saturday September 28, closer to home at the Seneca College OCAA Invitational in North York, Toronto.