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ON CAMPUS

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his past columbus day, St. Lawrence students

took part in the 31st annual St. Lawrence

Quadathlon, a triathlon with a twist. This

unique athletic contest includes four events: a

500-yard swim, five-mile bike, one-mile canoe,

and two-mile run. Teams can compete in five

categories: student teams of all men, all women, mixed teams (two

men and two women), individuals called Ironmen and Ironwomen,

and faculty and staff. The winner of each category gets to take

home a Quadathlon champion T-shirt.

The late Bob Northrup, former head swimming and diving

coach, created the Quadathlon as a team bonding exercise. Now,

the event is run through the intramurals program, and is directed

by Robert Clemmer, head swimming and diving coach.

“It was met with so much enthusiasm that the other varsity

teams asked to participate,” Clemmer says. “Eventually the teams

included other students on campus and faculty and staff.”

The event averages 15 teams with participation from across the

Athletics Department. Annie Williams ’17, a member of the

women’s rowing team, competed this year for the first time.

The crew team has never done a Quadathlon before,” Annie

says. “Our coach said this was a good cross-training exercise that

also included a chance for team bonding.”

Swimmer Meg Musser ’18 participated in the last three

Quadathlons with other members of the women’s swimming and

diving team. “We generally kill it in the pool, which gives us a

great jump on the competition. But the rest of the race is much

more land-lover friendly, so opposition catches up on us sea

creatures pretty fast. The last leg is always a fight to the death.”

Though originally designed for the swimming and diving team,

the event gets competitive for all participating athletes.

“We always do our best to protect our turf and try to bring home

the gold,” Meg says.

Kevin Swomley ’17 is a four-year Quadathlete for the Nordic ski

team, and a repeat gold medalist. Members of the Nordic team

are also regular participants in the event, and have won in at least

one category for the past few years.

“I wouldn’t say the swimmers rule this event,” Kevin says.

“I would say our record proves otherwise.”

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O

ftentimes the paths that

connect us are ones that

we don’t appreciate

enough.

The St. Lawrence

Geographic Information

System, or GIS, program,

along with

accompanying University departments are

working to develop, maintain and observe these

trails so that St. Lawrence and eventually the

entire Canton community can enjoy them.

What got the project going was the interest and

donation of Tom Saddlemire ’70, an alumnus

interested in outdoor activity, especially mountain

biking. His gift creating the Saddlemire Trail led to

the assembly of a tripartite committee dedicated to

further developing and maintaining this and other

trails as part of The Campus Trails project.

“We’d like these trails to be accessible and known by campus,

for running, walking, biking, or whatever gets people outside—

ultimately to show that we have this great land as a resource right

in our backyard,” says Dakota Casserly, a GIS/GPS technician at

St. Lawrence.

The Campus Trails project plans, manages and monitors the

trail-use throughout campus. Professors and students assisting

with this project at St. Lawrence have worked to preserve and

examine the trails that run throughout our community. The

team is also working in conjunction with the Village of Canton

to be included in a larger trail map of the entire surrounding

area. For now, their focus is on evolving, improving and

identifying the trails on campus.

Halley Choy ’17, one of the students who has helped with this

project, worked with Peter Pettengill,

assistant professor of

environmental studies this past summer. She and Pettengill

measured the trails using ARC GIS software, in order to see if

the trails are being used, overused, and maintained, to

determine which trails need what for improvement.

“I really like to run and travel new trails and find places that

are untouched, but easy to access,” Halley says, “so I love getting

to explore these paths and learn more about them.”

Those who have been developing and connecting these trails

are already seeing the results of their labor. “Anytime I’m out on

the trail, I see people out there,” Head Nordic Coach Ethan

Townsend says. “When you think about our location and what

we have here, we’re not a big-city school, but one of the appeals

should be our accessibility of getting out in the woods.”

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Mapping the Trails of St. Lawrence

BY LIZ MILLER ’17

Quadathlon

BY JULIE ROGERS ’17