Cambrian runner takes season opening race
by Randy Pascal
For the second straight year, a cross-country runner representing Cambrian College has emerged as an early season favourite to medal come time
for the OCAA Championships on October 29th in Toronto.
Less than twelve months ago, Sudbury native Emily Marcolini claimed gold at the provincial showdown, en route to a bronze medal showing at
nationals in Brockville. This past Saturday, Mary Strain opened her 2016 season, following a very similar path.
A former member of the Lakehead University cross-country team and native of Fort Frances, Strain ran away from the field at the Fanshawe
Invitational X-C Race in London.
Celebrating her 22nd birthday on the day of the race, Strain covered the 5 kms course in a time of 18:47, finishing more than a minute faster than
Breanna Dolderman of Conestoga. All of this despite the fact that Strain had not raced competitively in almost two full years, and was planning on
just “easing her way” into the weekend event.
Jacqueline Robichaud, the only other Golden Shield female competitor entered, placed 82nd in a time of 28:41. The Cambrian men’s team also
featured a pair of entries, as both Josh Murphy (46th – 32:21) and Wyatt Kennedy (85th – 35:30) tackled the 8km course.
The Cambrian crew are back in action on Saturday, October 1st, travelling west to Sault Ste Marie, also the site of the CCAA Championships on
November 11th and 12th.