Seneca College Invitational - UTM Varsity Cross Country Meet (October 17th 2015)

UTM 2015/16 Varsity Cross Country Team at Seneca College Meet (Oct 17th(TORONTO, ON (October 17th, 2015) – The University of Toronto Mississauga Varsity Eagles Cross-Country team traveled to Seneca King Campus for their third meet of the season early Saturday morning. The dedicated and determined bunch of UTM students look forward to their bright future, satisfied with their positive results.

The women started off their 5 km event battling the chilly winds, and lightly frost covered hills at 10 am. Ayah Abdeldayem had the best finish amongst the UTM women with a time of 26 minutes and 42 seconds – ranking 47th in the group of 81 women. Kate Hill finished with a time of 27 minutes and 14 seconds, ranking 53rd, and Rebecca Wong completed the course in 28 minutes and 26 seconds ranking 61st. The women’s race was dominated by Humber Hawks and St. Clair Saints athletes who finished 1st and 2nd, respectively.

The Men began their 8 km race a couple hours after the women still battling the chilly winds but less damp hills. UTM’s most dominant runner Haseeb Malik finished 17th in a race dominated by incredibly athletic and experienced runners. Malik finished with a time of 30 minutes and 21 seconds. The next closest UTM finish was Hamza Ali, who finished 41st overall.

The Men's division was dominated by Humber and Fanshawe, finishing 1st and 2nd. Riley Hubbard-Olesky from Fleming finished 1st overall with a time of 28 minutes and 37 seconds, 12 seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher Adam-Cole Czuchnicki from Mohawk College.

UTM Head Coach, Adam Hassan, is optimistic about his team’s future. Both Men and Women are young and with more experience the team will start producing competitive results.

The team is excited about their next meet in Sault Ste. Marie on October 31st. The team will be traveling the long 8-hour bus ride a day early to prepare for the OCAA Championship event. Coach Hassan is taking the top six runners from each gender. The athletes who finish in the top 25 will make their way to St. Lawrence College on November 13-14 to compete in the Canadian National Championship event.

By: Eric Hewitson