By Samir Dhanani
Under the warm California sun in Palo Alto, the Simon Fraser University men’s and women’s cross country teams competed against some of the top teams in NCAA Division I and II on Saturday.
The Clan women placed second among the Division II schools while the men finished seventh.
Senior captain Lindsey Butterwoth (North Vancouver, BC) led the Clan, placing 35th with a time of 22:40.
“We’ve been very consistent through the first three races and it will good to get a week off from racing and have a hard week of training,” said Butterworth. “We are excited to see what we can accomplish at our conference meet and regionals after that.”
After a disappointing sixth place finish at last years regionals, the Clan women are looking at a shot at redemption in 2013.
“I’m very happy for both sides,” said Head Coach Brit Townsend. “I know the women can be better. The women were only 10 points behind first place Chico State. With a week off and a hard week of training, they will be motivated to get things going.”
Placing second on the team was Kirsten Allen (London, ON) with a time of 22:54, finishing 45th overall. Following close behind was Kansas MacKenzie (Vancouver, BC) with a time of 22:55 finishing 46th.
The Clan women’s top five was rounded out by freshman, Rebecca Bassett (Nanamio, BC) placing 61st and sophomore, Emma Chadsey (Pemberton, BC) placing 74th.
The men’s team was led by freshman, Oliver Jorgensen (Chilliwack, BC) placing 76th with a time of 26:28.
Placing second on the team was senior captain, James Young (Surrey, BC) finishing 87th overall with a time of 26:32. Young, coming off a breakthrough season in track, is having one of the more consistent seasons of his career.
“Overall we ran well considering we have raced three weeks in a row. Moving forward we are excited to do a 10-kilometre and are hoping to close the gap between our top five runners,” said Young.
“I’m very happy with how our men competed. This was a really tough race. We have had some sickness and nagging injuries that we hope will sort itself out with a week off,” said Townsend. “The Stanford Invitational is one of the top meets in the nation and by racing here, it makes us mentally tougher.”
The men’s top five was rounded out by junior Austin Trapp (Elmira, ON) clocking a time of 26:53, sophomore Cameron Proceviat (Burnaby, BC) with a time of 27:09 and freshman Ephraim Tadesse (Surrey, BC) with a time of 27:28.