Rams cross-country runs in nationals

Courtesy Tim Uuksulainen

Runners racing in the women’s cross-country national championship, held in Quebec City on Nov. 12. (Courtesy Tim Uuksulainen)

Ryerson’s cross-country team recently wrapped up its season in Quebec City, with four athletes competing in the national championship on Nov. 12.

Rebecca Verlaan and Anna Cianni, who became the first Ryerson women to race at nationals, placed 99th and 146th respectively in the women’s six-kilometre race. In the men’s 10-kilometre race, Joel Perara-Satgunem and Michael Konstantopoulos finished 110th and 133rd for the Rams.

Despite being Ryerson’s highest-placing runner, Verlaan was disappointed in her individual results.

“I’m not really proud of my performance, I don’t think it’s an indication of this past year’s work,” said Verlaan.

Verlaan said the race’s course was challenging, with several hills and sharp turns for the runners to navigate.

“I felt there was a lot of pressure, and people expecting us to do well at nationals so we could put Ryerson on the map,” said Verlaan. “I wanted to show that we don’t just run for fun, but we are competitive too.”

Overall though, Verlaan said she is proud of her team’s accomplishments.

“Our team did really well, especially on that course, and watching the guys race was great,” said Verlaan. “They’ve come a long way from last year to this year, Joel improved so much and Michael is so consistent, it was great to watch them.”

Many members of the cross-country team will now compete for Ryerson’s indoor track and field team that will begin its season in the coming weeks, allowing them to continue training for next year’s cross-country nationals in Victoria, B.C.

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