Tie-Breaker Pushes Saints To X-Country Gold Medal

By Ted Beale

(KING CITY, ON) – The St Clair cross country team travelled to Seneca College in King City, this past weekend to compete in their 3rd meet of the season. The Saints women ran to a meet Gold Medal after a narrow finish decided by thousandths of a second.

After initial results posted a 2nd place finish for St Clair a review discovered that a computer error regarding a lean at the tape by Saints 2nd-year runner Beth Horrobin over a competitor from Humber.  This forced a tie breaker to be decided by the finish of each school’s 5th place finisher.

Rookie Saints runner Toria Verbeek was two seconds ahead of the 5th place finisher from Humber, thus awarding the team title to St Clair.

The Lady Saints were led once again by Megan Howell, who continued her strong season, finishing 8th around the 5km loop at Seneca’s King City campus in a time of 22:45.

The women’s team finishers included Hannah Cirino, 12th in 23:08, Beth Horrobin, 14th in 23:47, Aryanna Cirino, 16th in 23:56, Toria Verbeek, 27th in 24:47, and Abbey Rice, 52nd in 26:28, of a field of 96 finishers.

The Saints men’s team were 8th out of 16 OCAA teams and led by 19th lace finisher Enrique Nepomuceno, in a time of 29:24 around the 8km course of a field of 124 runners. Ryan Bell placed 49th in 32:07, Jordan Root was 56th in 32:24, Jason Kerr finished in 60th in 32:32, Andrew Garant was in 61st in 32:38, and Justin Folkeringa came in 70th in 33:21.

This was the last meet for the St Clair Cross Country in preparation for the OCAA Provincial Championships being held October 29 and hosted by Seneca in the same location in King City.


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