The University of Waterloo’s cross-country team competed in the CIS Championship Nov. 10. The event was hosted by Western at the Thames Valley Golf course, which is a tough course for cross-country runners.
The women ran a five km while the men’s race was 10 km. The Warriors fared well as the women claimed 10th place of 17 teams while the men were 13th of 18.
Karina Sils was the first woman to cross the finish line for the Warriors. She placed 26th of 123 finishers, with a time of 18:26. Kristen Flanagan wasn’t far behind, putting up a time of 18:40. Other Warriors finishers include: Heather Diamond (19:18), Stephanie Hinton (19:30), Mamiko Noquchi (20:23), Jamie Flanagan (20:37), and Kathleen Gallagher (21:30).
The men were led by Patrick MacKinnon, who ran in his last race as a Warrior. He finished with a time of 33:13, good for 43rd overall. Kingston native Charley Allan put up a time of 33:13. The men had five other finishers: David Michael Stewart (33:57), Daniel Fournier (34:04), Justin Spalvieri (34:44), Devon Briggs (36:30) and Jason Laporta (39:59).
The CIS Championship ended a solid season for the Warriors where they showed that hard work and dedication pays off. They improved upon their placing at the Western International, Vic Matthews, and the OUA Championship.
The Warriors opened up the regular season with a game versus Queen’s in Kingston. They fell 83–63 to the Gaels, who are now 2–0 on the year.
Waterloo was able to jump out to a quick lead but the Gaels played a patient game, working their way back. The first quarter ended with the Warriors on top 18-14.
The Gaels dominated the second quarter, nearly tripling the Warriors offence. The Warriors managed 13 while Queen’s picked up 34 points, giving them the 48–31 lead. The second half was more evenly matched. Both teams posted 11 points in the third quarter and Gaels took the fourth quarter 24–21.
The Gaels had the better statistics overall. They worked at 39 per cent from the field and 37 per cent from three point range, while the Warriors were 37 per cent and 36 per cent respectively. Waterloo did have the advantage with free throws, going 6-for-7 (85.7 per cent) while the Gaels were 8-for-12 (66.7 per cent).
Greg Faulkner led Queen’s with an 18 point effort, followed by Mackenzie Simpson, who notched 14 points.
Davis Wells picked up a team leading 10 points for the Warriors while Kyrie Coleman (9), Ben Davis (9), and Wayne Bridge (8) were close behind.
The women’s basketball team took on the Queen’s Gaels as well and the match began in a similar way. Although the Warriors gained a quick lead, they couldn’t hold on, dropping their season opener 92–70.
The Warriors began the first quarter with a 6–0 lead but the Gaels bounced back and took the quarter by a score of 25–11.
The second quarter showed some hope for the Warriors as it ended 20–20, although Queen’s still held the lead 45–31.
The Gaels kept things going in the second half. They racked up 47 points (23 in the third quarter and 24 in the fourth) while Waterloo was held to 39 (19 and 20 points respectively).
Waterloo trailed the Gaels in all statistic categories as well. Queen’s posted 52 per cent on the field while Waterloo was just 42 per cent. The Gaels were 39 per cent for three point shots and 79 per cent for free throws; Waterloo was 21 per cent and 68 per cent.
The Gaels were led by Sydney Karnahan with 20 points and Liz Boag notched 14.
Kate Kuntze had 22 points for the Warriors while Marti Killeen added 14 and 5 defensive rebounds. Jacqui Rodrigues performed well in her OUA debut, matching Killeen’s 5 rebounds and scoring 11 points.