Huntsville Hoyas XC Team participated in their largest race of the season yesterday at The Sacred Heart Invitational at Boyd Conservation near Vaughan.

Each race had between 250 and 400 runners.

Standout individual performances included an 11th place finish for Emma Mensour in the Midget Girls race, 17th for Shannon Marshall in the Junior Girls, 23rd for Adam Lavigne in the Junior Boys, 10th place for Mariah Smith in the Senior Girls and 11th for Josh Stevens in the Senior Boys race.  As well, many runners showed huge improvements from their first and second races of the season.

As far as team results, there were 128 teams with runners yesterday.  In each race there were roughly thirty teams that had the minimum of 4 scoring runners needed to score as a team.  Huntsville teams placed as follows:  Midget Boys 15th , Midget Girls 11th , Junior Girls 10th , Junior Boys 6th, Senior Girls 3rd, Senior Boys 5th.

The Hoyas have one more week of hard training left ending with MPS Race next Wednesday.  They will then start their taper leading to their big race, GBSAA Championships Wednesday October 23, 2013 at Duntroon.  Congratulations to Huntsville Hoyas for a fantastic season thus far.

Over on the Masters side of things, MARS’ first ever “Run For The Doug 5 Km XC Time Trial” was held this morning at 6:30 am.  Turn out was incredible.  Several of the runners got to meet Doug.  The next Run For The Doug will be Thursday October 17 and 24 at 6:30 am meeting at Conroy Track.  After a 5 km warm up of the course, we will race the course starting at 7:05 am.  The course profile can be seen:  Time Trial Course and Profile

The next Masters XC race is Sunday November 3 at Sunnybrook Park in Toronto at 1pm.  We will carpool from Huntsville at 9:15 am.

Ontario Cross Country Championships are November 17 just outside of London.  MARS has reserved 5 rooms for club members and will travel to London on November 16.

Next MARS practice is Tuesday morning 6:30 am at Conroy Track for mile repeats.

See you there.  Tell a friend.

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