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MOC returns with "spring" opener at Lasalle

Every Monday night on this long, cold winter, the McGill Olympic Club distance crew has headed up to Summit Circle for anywhere from 20 to 50min of tough threshold running, sometimes part of a longer run of up to 2 hours. So when spring decided to skip this year’s incarnation of the Lasalle Road Race, the runners were well prepared for the elements.

Dave Liu pays no heed to the slush.

Dave Liu pays no heed to the slush.

The usual opener to the spring season was held in decidedly unspringlike conditions on Sunday March 30th. McGill came away with several excellent performances. In the 10k, MOC’s John Corbit took the victory, proving that “track beats road” as John’s 1500m prowess was enough to take down two of Quebec’s top long distance runners. Teammate Jacques-Sylvain Lecointre was 4th, Dave Liu was 7th and Mahbubuzzaman Kazi was 9th. Four men in the top ten for MOC was an excellent start to the season. The women were equally dominant, as Melanie Myrand finished 2nd, followed by Liz Mokrusa in 4th and Brenna Walsh in 5th.

 

Val Sicard on her way to 2nd place in the women's 5k.

Val Sicard on her way to 2nd place in the women's 5k.

In the 5k, Valérie Sicard was 2nd in a personal best of 19:16…the fact that she ran a personal best in that weather on a likely too long course bodes very well for the direction of her fitness this summer. She hopes to compete at the national track and field championships in the 1500m. François Jarry, after a breakthrough indoor track season with the varsity crew, ran a solid 5k and was 7th overall.

Here is the list of MOC performances, including a couple from our associated but not affiliated triathlon friends:

10k
John Corbit 32:42 1st place
Jacques Lecointre 33:35 4th place
Dave Liu 35:25 7th place
Kazi 35:57 9th place
Coach John 37:07
Chris Carrique 38:28
Alex Néron 38:30
Mel Myrand 39:18 2nd place
Elizabeth Mokrusa 40:04 4th place
Brenna Walsh 40:16 5th place
Michael Martin 40:16
Bertrand Montel 42:34

5k
Frankie Jarry 17:22 7th place
Antoine Joliceour Desroches 17:43
Jeremy Obrand 17:47
Phil Tremblay 18:17
Sterling Shaner 18:21
Adam Shiri 18:47
Valerie Sicard 19:17 2nd place PB
Emy Legault 19:41
Gina Pinsonnault 20:18
Declan McCool 20:36
Vero Demers 20:46
Les Landsberger 20:53
Leslie Gold 20:57
Anastasia Semikhnenko 25:20

 Full results at sportstats.ca. 

Times were quite slow due to the inclement weather and make-shift course, but all indications are that the group has adequately built up their aerobic systems with all the tempo and volume work this winter, and are now ready to start working on more specific race preparations. A contingent of MOCers will race in St. Laurent on April 13th, while the rest prepare for key races at the Canadian Half Marathon championships in Montreal, the Canadian Marathon championships in Ottawa, and the track season openers in May.

The team reconvenes inside, post-race.

The team reconvenes inside, post-race.