by Brett Hedges
The Lance – Sports Editor
The Windsor Lancers cross country team went to the Blue Grass state this past weekend to battle against some of the NCAA’s best.
Senior runners Corey Bellemore and Stef Smith led their respective Lancers teams with top 10 finishes at the Louisville Classic Cross Country meet in Louisville, KY.
The men’s team finished in 6th place with 172 points, led by Bellemore’s 6th place in the eight kilometer run in 24:11.62. Rounding out Windsor’s top seven was Taylor MacArthur 41st (25:26.28), Alex Ullman 43rs (25:27.86), Andrew Nebel 46th (25:29.07), Shawn Master 54th (25:34.54), rookie Miles Matthews 65th (25:54.18) and Jeremy Hick 82nd (26:11.52).
Bellemore said it was productive for the Lancers to go away and earn valuable experience by racing different styles of NCAA runners.
“Our team had a big of a rough one but we learned a lot,” said Bellemore. “The American races always get out so hard so it was good to over and get that D1 racing experience.”
Smith finished 9th with a time of 17:22.3 over the five kilometer course. In a field of over 350 competitors, all eight of the Lancers women finished in the top 100 at the Louisville Classic.
Sydney Hawkins was 72nd (19:24.40), Charlene Read 78th (19:32.70), Chelsea Viselli 80th (19:34.90), Alison Robinson 88th (20:16.50), Lauren Fisico 93rd (20:35.6), Rachel Crawley 96th (20:36.4) and Fiona Rocheleau 98th (20:39.5). Overall the women placed 11th with 275 points.
“Louisville was a lot of fun, the NCAA is no joke,” said Smith. “It’s amazing how much you can learn in such a short experience of the race. You really have to debrief after the race to go over what happened.”
With the OUA championships less than one month away, the Lancers now shift their focus into high gear as they prepare to host the Windsor Open meet which will take place at Malden Park Oct. 7th.
“The next couple weeks are really important,” said Smith. “It’s a time to get in a lot of hard, good training but also make sure everyone is staying healthy and training smart. You definitely have to make some sacrifices.”
The OUA championships will take place in Toronto, Oct. 30.