It was another good weekend of the base phase for MOC, with some fine results on the road and grass, at home and abroad.
Ryan Noel-Hodge travelled to Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday to compete against some tough NCAA D1 competition. Ryan handled himself quite well, finishing 17th out of 269 finishers, in an 8k time of 25:00. He was excited about the trip and the race. “My horizons are getting bigger,” he said.
Another MOCer with broadening horizons is Charles Cooper. Currently considering which NCAA D1 school might be the best fit for him, Charles is not slacking on the training. He posted a personal best of 15:10 to win the Parc Lafontaine 5k on Sunday, ahead of the top CEGEP runner in the western Quebec region, Jeremy Briand.
Les Landsberger cracked the top 10 in the 50-59 age category with a personal best of 19:23. He was just ahead of Charles’s dad, David Cooper, who improved by 30 seconds his time from the 5k Endurance in August. Tristan Hughes debuted in 19:17, and Misia Kowanda continued her streak of sub-20min 5ks with a solid 19:42. Katia Steavu ran her first ever 5k in 23:19
Melanie Myrand added to MOC’s medal haul at Parc Lafontaine, as she was just edged out of the victory in the 10k by Gabrielle Vaillancourt. Mel’s time was 37:32, not a personal best, but her best 10k in 2013 by 35 seconds. Leslie Gold was the 5th woman across the line in 38:53, a solid prep race for her half marathon in Toronto in two weeks. On the men’s side, David Liu was 8th overall in his second fastest 10k ever: 34:09. Bertrand Montel, also in preparation for the Toronto Marathon, ran a 2min personal best in the 10k to finish in 41:54. Bertrand seems to knock a couple minutes off his best time every race out!
Back on the cross-country side of things, while the varsity Martlets were busy owning the podium in Quebec City, a few runners from MOC were also up to the challenge of the Plains of Abraham. Running for Concordia University, Elizabeth Mokrusa finished 11th in the university race in a very solid 16:55 for 4.5k. Valerie Sicard Thibodeau was right behind her in 16th spot in 17:13. On the men’s side, M. Kazi had a tough day, running 28:59 for the Stingers over 7.5k.
In the open men’s division, Jacques-Sylvain Lecointre lead the way with a 24:40, good for 4th club runner in the 7.5k race. Charles Levesque was 8th in 25:00. Michael Paquet, Alex Néron and Phil Tremblay all cracked the top 30 in times of 26:37, 27:00 and 27:12 respectively.
Next Saturday the varsity crew will run the AUS/RSEQ Interlock race in Parc Maisonneuve, and a select group of MOC runners will join them. Nassim Ennaboaoui will compete in the CEGEP west region championship at his home park in Longueuil, and some others will run the Cross des Couleurs race in Vaudreuil on Sunday.