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Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018
Lobert completes cross country swan song at L.U.
by Randy Pascal

Call it a lesson learned for the Laurentian Voyageurs women's cross-country team.

A tentative start, right across the lineup, proved costly as the L.U. runners were in "catch-up" mode, almost from the get go at the 2016 U-Sport (CIS) Cross Country Championships in Quebec City earlier this month.

"We didn't react well to the gun and were trailing the field after the first kilometer," said head coach Dick Moss. "Our women finished strongly and did well to claw themselves back into the race."

Competing in the final race of her university career, Sault Ste Marie native Marissa Lobert finished 58th in a time of 23:50 (6 kms), helping to lift the L.U. squad to a 13th place finish in a field of 22 teams.

She was followed by Jenny Bottomley (72nd - 24:04), Jessie Nusselder (82nd - 24:13), Megan Crocker (85th - 24:16) and Nicole Hessels (86th - 24:17). Displacers included Nicole Rich (110th - 24:42) and Breanne Steven (138th - 25:21), as the Voyageurs sandwiched their top five scoring runners over a span of just 27 seconds of one another.

"We're a young squad and should lose only one runner (Marissa Lobert) to graduation this year," said assistant coach Darren Jermyn. "The experience we gained here will help us in next year's championships."

As a side note, Lobert was also the OUA nominee for the CIS Community Service Award, an honour that was presented to Jenna MacDonald of Dalhousie.

With the cross-country season is complete, the focus will turn to the indoor track and field campaign that begins in January 2017.

Following are team results for the top-15 squads at nationals:

1 - Guelph - 71 points
2 - Queens - 76
3 - Trinity Western - 103
4 - Western - 143
5 - Toronto - 184
6 - Alberta - 222
7 - McGill - 224
8 - McMaster - 238
9 - Victoria - 247
10 - Dalhousie - 249
11 - Calgary - 265
12 - Manitoba - 356
13 - Laurentian - 359
14 - Université de Montreal - 359
15 - Laval - 385
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