The Manitoba Bisons cross country team finished their season over the weekend at the 2014 CIS Cross Country Championship at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The men’s team placed 14th overall (fifth in Canada West), while the women placed 17th for sixth spot in the conference.
“It was a crazy day. I’ve never seen winds like that in a race,” said head coach Claude Berube. “There were some athletes that were being blown sideways during the run. It might have been gusting over 100 km/h at some points!”
The Bison women’s team top finisher in the 6 km race at Pippy Park was second year and team captain Rebekah Sass with a 15th overall finish in a time of 23:57. Sass earned Canada West First Team All-Star recognition for the second consecutive season. Third-year Taylor Sprague followed in 110th (26:40), along with rookie Erin Tramley in 115th (27:35), fourth year Emilie Ford in 118th (28:00) and third year Amy Gelhorn at 119th (28:03) among 132 total CIS runners.
Fifth year Thomas Miller led the men’s squad completing the 10 km race with a 60th finish (20th in Canada West) in a time of 36:21. In addition, third year Abduselam Yussuf in 72nd (36:56) — 22nd in Canada West — followed by rookie Daniel Heschuk in 75th (37:11) then third year Timothy Miller in 77th (37:16), rookie Connor Boyd placed 84th (37:28), fifth year and team captain Eric Thacher was 85th (37:29) and fourth year Patrick Naylor completed the course in 96th place (37:52) out of 14 CIS runners.
— With files from Bison Sports