On Saturday, the Crandall Chargers competed at the ACAA Cross Country Championships, hosted by Holland College at Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale in North Wiltshire, PEI. The Chargers achieved strong results on the women's side and a historic finish on the men's side.
The men's team landed in the bronze medal position for the first time in league history with a final score of 38 points, building from last year's fourth place finish.
The men's team placed three athletes in the top 10 with rookie Nick Fletcher of Moncton, NB leading the way with a 6th place finish in a time of 31:18. Team captain Alex Hisey, also of Moncton, followed close behind with a time of 31:24 to tale 7th place. Aaron Reimer, in his second year from Moncton placed 10th with a time of 32:28. Rookie Cole Edwards, of Fredericton, NB, achieved a three-minute personal best to place 20th with a time of 36:38, while Ryan Smallwood of Moncton crossed the line in 21st place with a time of 36:42.
On the women's side, rookie and team captain Mary MacLean of Valley, NS placed 10th with a time of 30:14, followed closely by teammates Jemm Smith of Dundas NB, who finished in 12th with a time of 30:32, and Kennedy Steeves of St. Stephen, NB, who placed 13th with a time of 30:37. Both Jemm and Kennedy achieved personal best times by nearly two minutes.
"Preparation for the Championships had been going very well and I knew that each member of our team was capable of performing at the level that they did today," said Head Coach Brandon LeBlanc. "Both teams have seen tremendous growth in just one year, and I am excited to see where we can take the program in years to come."
"Looking towards the future, our men are eager to climb to a higher level of the podium and challenge for the banner, while our women will be looking for their first ever podium performance," added LeBlanc.