X-Country Squads Head To OCAA Championships

By Ted Beale

(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair College X-Country team departs Friday for the OCAA Provincial Championship being run on Saturday in Sault St Marie, at Crimson Ridge Golf Club, and hosted by Sault College.

The Lady Saints have had quite a season to date, earning a medal in each event they entered this fall, including a Bronze at the Fanshawe Invitational on September 19), Gold at the Sault Invitational on September 26, and a Silver at the Seneca Invitational on October 17.

These finishes have allowed the Saints to climb all the way to No. 5 in the recent CCAA National Rankings.

The St Clair women are led by 2nd year runner Natalie Omahen who has run to a pair of Bronze Medals, in addition to coming off a Gold Medal at the Seneca Invitational.

Omahen will look to improve on her 10th place finish at last year’s Provincial Championship.

Rounding out the Saints women’s team are Ashley Bracci, Meghan Howell, Tori Horrobin, Beth Horrobin, and Sara Duic, who are all in their first year of eligibility. They will be looking for another podium finish in order to qualify for the CCAA National Championship being run at St Lawrence College in Brockville, on November 14.

The St Clair men’s team are led by Joaquim Lourenco, who has finished top 25 in each of this three races this season and which would qualify him for Nationals.

Justin Folkeringa, Dante Lapico, Joseph Gignac, Tyler Snyder, and Walter Papak are the remaining members of the men’s team for the Saints.


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