2003-04 Martlet Cross-Country Season Re-Cap

2003 Martlet Cross-Country Season Re-Cap
May 12, 04 

By Nicole Harris and Earl Zukerman

CROSS-COUNTRY (W) QSSF CHAMPIONS (9th at CIS NATIONALS) Dennis Barrett, in his 16th season, earned conference coach of the year honours as the Martlets captured the Quebec university cross-country championship, finishing first of three teams to win the league title for the 21st time in 23 years.

The McGill women began the season at the McGill Open on the slopes of Mt. Royal (Sept. 20), where they finished second of eight teams. Rookie Cathy Pierrin, a 24-year-old engineering student on exchange from Aix-en-Provence, France, led the Martlets with a second place finish, completing the 4k race in 14:25. At the University of Western Ontario International on Sept. 27, McGill had to make do without Pierrin and ended up seventh of 16 teams. Erin Prosk was McGill's top finisher, ending up 28th with a time of 19:49 in the 5k race. Among McGill's other top scorers were Laura Wilson (36th), Genevieve Jenkins (44th), Megan Vuksic (45th) and Leslie Marcotte (46th). At the Sherbrooke Open on Oct. 4, the Martlets placed first of three teams, as Pierrin won her first collegiate race with a time of 16:19 in the 4.4k circuit. Prosk finished third, while Vuksic, Wilson, and Jenkins finished in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. At the Laval Open on Oct. 11, the Martlets were first of three teams, led again by Pierrin, who ran the 4k course in 14:16. Others in the scoring included Prosk (2nd), Wilson (4th), Jenkins (5th) and Jessalyn O'Donnell (6th).

At the QSSF championship meet held at the Le Centre de Nature in Laval, Que., on Oct. 25, McGill finished first of three teams to win the conference title, with 19 points overall. Laval was second with 49, followed by Sherbrooke with 102. Pierrin completed the grueling five-kilometre course in 19:11 to win the race by 53 seconds. It was the third gold medal of the season for Pierrin, who earned conference athlete-of-the-year honours. Prosk finished third in 20:17 and was voted rookie of the year in the Quebec conference. McGill also placed runners in the fourth, fifth and sixth spots.

McGill dominated the all-conference team with six women among the seven honorees. Joining Pierrin and Prosk as league all-stars were Annick Michaud, who finished fourth in the race (20:23), plus Anna Potapov (5th, 20:32), Wilson (6th, 20:35) and O'Donnell (7th, 20:48).

At the CIS championship meet in Moncton (Nov. 7-8), McGill qualified eight women, and expected a top-five finish but had to settle for a disappointing eighth. Pierrin ended up 10th in the 5k run to earn second-team all-Canadian status as McGill placed ninth of 18 teams overall.

The team is expected to lose only three members, including Cathy Pierrin, Leslie Marcotte, and Annick Michaud.