January 14


first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s cross country teams are off to Hamilton, Ont., for the 2019 OUA championships on Saturday, October 26 at Bayfront Park.The women’s 8km race is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., with the men’s 10km race to follow at 12 p.m.Toronto’s women will be looking to return to the podium after a fifth-place finish last season. Prior to that, the Blues earned the overall silver medal in 2017 and bronze medal in 2016.U of T will rely on a solid group of fourth and fifth-year veterans to lead the charge. Fourth-year standout Lucia Stafford will make her 2019 cross country debut on Saturday. The engineering major from Toronto is a two-time OUA all-star and U SPORTS all-Canadian in cross country and is coming off a breakout summer on the track, which saw her represent Canada at the 2019 FISU Summer Universiade in Naples, Italy.Fellow fourth-year standout Jazz Shukla returns to the cross country scene after placing 14th and earning OUA all-star honours in 2016 and finishing 16th overall in 2017. Tanis Bolton and Katherine Lampard are set to compete in their final OUA championships. Bolton led the Blues with an 11th place finish to earn an OUA all-star nod last season, while Lampard joined the Blues after her undergrad with the Western Mustangs, where she earned OUA all-star and U SPORTS all-Canadian laurels in 2017.The Blues men are coming off their best finish at the OUA championships since 2011, after placing fourth overall last season.Fifth-year veteran Craig Klomp is expected to lead Toronto’s men. The architecture major from St. Mary’s, Ont., placed 14th overall at last year’s championships to garner an OUA all-star nod.He will rely on fellow veterans Ben Devito, Sam Kinahan and Cam Cira to lead the team. Kinahan led the Blues with a 12th place finish at the Bill Slater Western International Invitational earlier this season, while also leading the Blues at the Paul Short Invite in Bethlehem, PA. Devito was the first Blue to cross the finish line, placing 15th at the Marauder Bayfront Open last week in Hamilton.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more