The Quebec conference was out in full force on Thanksgiving weekend at the Plains of Abraham. Here are the results for the Stingers:
Men: 3rd of 6 teams.
11 Noel-Hodge, Ryan 27:48
15 Driver, Simon 28:14
22 Guend, Sofiane 28:59
35 Liu, Joseph 30:11
45 L’Esperance, Kyle 31:12
53 Laforest, Jean-Marc 32:16
55 Kazi, Mahbubuzaman 32:54
Women: 4th of 7 teams
4 Roy, Dominique 14:50
11 Mokrusa, Elizabeth 15:27
22 Dykstra, Lucianna 16:21
31 Peters, Jackie 16:51
35 Howes, Molly 17:10
43 Zenger, Nancy 17:41
DNF Kelly Hewitt
Here’s a little video with some good Canadian music. And some turkey shots, too!
Finally, I wanted to look at the results from this meet and somehow compare them to the McGill meet. For the women it was easy, as they are both 4k races. I took the average difference in finish time for runners from McGill, Laval, Sherbrooke and Concordia who raced both events. The average change per person was -2.4secs, so the course at Quebec is a little faster. Here are the team results and individual results for Concordia:
McGill was 23 seconds slower with an average of 3.8sec slower per person (6 people ran both races)
Laval was 25 seconds faster or 5 sec per person (5 people ran both races)
Sherbrooke was 57 seconds slower, or 8 sec slower per person, for 7
people. They had one girl run 68 sec slower though. If you take her
out, they were 11 sec faster or 1.83 seconds faster per person.
Which brings us to Concordia…
Luci Dykstra 16:24 down to 16:21 (3sec faster)
Jackie Peters 17:19 down to 16:51 (20 sec faster)
Nancy Zenger 17:25 up to 17:41 (16 sec slower)
Molly Howes 18:03 down to 17:10 (53 sec faster)
Andrea De Bruijn 18:09 down to 17:38 (31 sec faster) (club)
Concordia total: 99sec faster, divided by 5 runners 19.8 sec faster per person. I didn’t include the women who were pacing (Liz, Dom) so it’s not like these results are sandbagged. The ladies got a whole lot faster.
On the men’s side it was a little more complicated, because the race at McGill was 6k and the race in Quebec was 8k. So I took the average pace per km from each one, and figured out what the difference was. Given that Quebec was 2k longer, it’s not surprising that the average difference among the four top schools (30 runners did both races) was 8.7sec slower per km. Here are the results by school:
Laval avg +7.20sec/km
Sherbrooke avg +7.26
Concordia avg +10.83
McGill avg +11.45
Simon Driver 3:27 to 3:31.7 +4.7sec
Joe Liu 3:37 to 3:46.4 +9.4sec
Kyle L’esperence 3:36 to 3:54 +18sec
Mahbubuzzaman Kazi 3:47 to 4:06 +19sec
Jean Marc Laforest 3:50 to 4:02 +12sec
James Coulton 3:39 to 3:40.9 +1.9 (club, but I included him because I included Andrea above)
A couple other interesting points: two Laval guys actually ran faster per km over 8k than they did over 6k (Deshaies and Fournier-Dufour).
So to sum up: the ladies improved quite a bit relative to the field. The men, less so, though individually Driver did quite well, and JMK was close to average. On the whole, Laval is trending up on the ladies side, while McGill is trending down. That could have something to do with home course advantage, or McGill having done an extra race at Western, I’m not sure. This doesn’t really tell the whole picture of course because it doesn’t include people who only ran one of the two races, for one reason or another. But I still think it’s interesting.
Last, but not least, here’s what the Stingers have to be thankful for: