Posted on: November 10, 2018
—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack had four runners competing at today’s (Nov 10) 2018 USPORTS Cross Country Nationals hosted by Queen’s University.
In the eight kilometer women’s race, Zoe Painter (2nd year, Whitehorse, YT) finished 139 th. Her time was 33 minutes 23.1 seconds
Teammate Kendra Murray (2nd year, Whitehorse, YT) wound up 151st. There were 155 runners.
The winner was Brogan MacDuougall of the host Queen’s Gaels in a time of 27 minutes, 48.6 seconds.
“Zoe Painter had a really, really strong race today,” said TRU head coach Carmin Mazzotta. “ She started out conservatively and moved up passing runners along the way. She was really in a zone and focused. She told me afterwards she didn’t even notice the brisk winds and was the story of the day. Great race by her. Kendra’s race was hampered by an injury she suffered at the BC Cross Country championships a couple of weeks ago. It flared up again and was tough. She finished the race. It was unfortunate she couldn’t have competed at 100 per cent.”
The 10 kilometer men’s race saw TRU’s Troy Morgan (2nd year, Hythe, AB) wind up 130th overall. He finished the course in a time of 35 minutes, 21.8 seconds.
Calum Carrigan (1st year, Kamloops, BC) finished in 143rd spot. His time was 36 minutes, 14 seconds.There were 158 racers competing.
The winning time was 31 minutes, 13 seconds clocked by Connor Black of Guelph University.
Says Mazzotta about his male competitors, “ Calum had a bit of a tough day. He was our top runner all year but came to nationals and something didn’t line up. He didn’t feel good on the course. That happens to runners sometimes. You have to remember at his age (17), if he wasn’t the youngest runner in the field he was among the youngest. I didn’t see any other 17 year olds listed. Sometimes in a big race like this, on the day, things don’t totally line up. That takes practice and learning. Cailum is going to walk away from this race and learn a lot. Troy Morgan, on the other hand had a great race. It was vintage Troy. He was gutsy, he was taking chances. He was fighting for every spot and battling hard. He was grinding. That is what he does best. Sometimes I think when the conditions worsen, Troy gets better. He is so mentally tough out there. That was excellent to see.”
Morgan added, “ It was an awesome day. Not the best weather conditions. Watching the girls out there battle in the wind was quite interesting. Once that gun went off, it totally changed. Not going to lie: it was a grind. Some parts of the course were muddy but we battled through adversity.”
The weather was cloudy and windy with winds of over 60 kilometers an hour and well below zero with the windchill.