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The Light Blues slumped to defeats in both the Men’s and Women’s Varsity Cross-Country matches despite a breathtaking individual victory by Naomi Taschimowitz.
Cambridge Ladies 17 – 21 Oxford Ladies
A tightly-contested encounter saw the Cambridge Ladies sink to a narrow loss. Despite starting well, the Light Blues simply could not capitalise on the early platform provided by Taschimowitz and teammate Amanda Scott. Instead, they found themselves powerless to resist as Oxford advanced through the field.
Michelle Sikes, last year’s Ladies’ winner, led the charge as the Dark Blues methodically picked off their opponents, relegating them one-by-one from the scoring positions. Excellent team-work allowed Oxford to consolidate and defend their position, although the result was never a certainty.
Taschimowitz, however, enjoyed a day to remember, leaving rivals in her wake as she smashed through the pack to take a stunning 41 second victory. Scott also finished strongly, taking a well-deserved third place in a top 10 otherwise dominated by the Oxford contingent.
1. N.Taschimowitz Cambridge (23:22)
2. M.Sikes Oxford (24:03)
3. A.Scott Cambridge (24:29)
4. H.J.Munn Oxford (24:44)
5. N.R.Lopez Oxford (24:55)
Cambridge Gentlemen 28 – 52 Oxford Gentlemen
Cambridge’s Men crashed to a heavy defeat, as Oxford made it two from two.
Last year’s top pair, Dark Blues Richard Franzese and David Bruce, once again made light work of the wet 7 ½ mile course, blazing a trail for the rest of the Oxford team to follow. Speed merchant Bruce eventually completed the course in an excellent time of 38:02 to take the individual honours, with Franzese hot on his heels.
Teammate Andrew Heyes followed closely behind him, completing a 1-2-3 for Oxford and a crushing overall victory. The Tab’s very own James Kelly was the Light Blues’ sole representative among the top 5 finishers in what can only be described as a demoralising defeat for a very committed Cambridge outfit.
1. D.J.Bruce Oxford (38:02)
2. R.C.Franzese Oxford (38:09)
3. A.R.Heyes Oxford (38:25)
4. J.M.Kelly Cambridge (38:36)
5. L.A.Caldwell Oxford (39:27)