Lambton College firefit team completes successful season achieving personal bests at National Championships

Lambton College’s Firefit team proved to be a tough group of athletes on the competition circuit this year.
Lambton College’s Firefit team proved to be a tough group of athletes on the competition circuit this year.

SARNIA, September 19, 2018 – Lambton College’s Firefit team proved to be a tough group of athletes on the competition circuit this year. With the season coming to completion, the predominately rookie team exits the course with a reputation for strength, speed, and sportsmanship.

The national challenge took place in Spruce Meadows, Alberta, where 180 individual competitors, 30 relay teams, and 40 tandem teams from Canada, Germany, England and the U.S.A. competed in the 25th Anniversary FireFit competition.

While there was limited hardware to be had at this year’s tournament, the entire team managed to achieve personal bests competing against the country’s top athletes.

Tyler Goulden, a strong contender for Rookie of The Year, managed a 4th place finish, and teammate Josh Loranger grabbed a spot in the rookie Top 10 as well. Sarah Goodman finished in the women’s Top 20, running a sub-three-minute race. Likewise, teammate Mackenzie Baker broke into the Top 10 with her own personal best time of two minutes and 37 seconds.

In Team Relay, the Lambton College women ran a 2nd place finish against a powerhouse Fort McMurray Fire team. The team had not managed to complete a race in under one minute, 50 seconds all season, but came out hot in the final race. They Lambton College women lead the front half of the race with an incredible performance by rookies Amy Anderson and Courtney Bell. The Fort McMurray team managed to catch up on the straight run, and it was a drag race to the finish. Lambton’s Taylor Murray stayed with Canada's fastest female relay competitor right to the finish line, missing the mark by a mere 1.23 seconds. The women’s team eared the support of the entire crowd and other competitors with their outstanding performance.

On the men's side of the competition, the Lambton team found themselves up against Kamloops Fire in the Elimination round, who are led by this year’s men’s individual champion Graham Mackenzie, and one of the fastest teams in the sport. Never ones to back away from a challenge, the Lambton College team once again put up the race of the season with Tyler Goulden beating Mackenzie to the top of the stairs. Hoisting side by side, Goulden was only slightly behind. The team stayed pace with their competitors for most of the course, eventually falling a couple steps behind. First year teammate Stephen Smith had the crowd on their feet as he ran what fans claimed was “the backward run of the day.” The finish was actually too close to call, so the judges had to defer to the clock time, which showed Lambton College missing out by 4/100 of a single second.

Head Coach Sue Patrick says it was an amazing season, with some strong races for the young squad, and she’s looking forward to next season.

“We have seven members returning next summer and we will definitely be in the hunt for some more hardware,” she says. “This entire team has worked tirelessly for the past six months and have sacrificed so much to get to compete at this level. I was thrilled to see them competing evenly against some of the world’s best athletes.”

Shane Bettridge, the team's assistant coach, also competed in the tournament, running his own personal best in individuals. In the new hybrid division, which allows competitors from two departments to compete if they don’t have a team, Bettridge earned a silver medal in the tandem relay with partner Trevor Russell, who coaches the Fleming College team.

For media inquiries or more information:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081

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