The Gee-Gees cross country team opened the competition season on Friday afternoon in Montreal; the men's team had excellent all-around performances and placed a very close second in the team standings. Ottawa had five team members in the top 15, led by second-year Gee-Gee André Alie-Lamarche who was second individually in the 6km event.
Alie-Lamarche, an International Development and Globalization student from Ottawa, crossed the finish line with a time of 19:25, twenty seconds ahead of the third place finisher. The Gee-Gees then came across as a pack with Adrian Fournier, Stephen Robinson, Nicholas Roberts, and Paul Bates finishing 11-12-13-14 at the 20:22 mark, edging out runners from Laval, McGill, and Sherbrooke. Laval narrowly took top spot in the team standings with 3-6-7-15-20 finishers, finishing one point ahead of the Gee-Gees.
The Gee-Gees will take a week off before travelling to Sherbrooke for the Vert et Ot Invitation on Sept. 28.