Cross-country Martlets land three all-star berths

Cross-country Martlets land three all-star berths
Oct 28, 08 Cross Country (W)

By Earl Zukerman

MONTREAL (Oct. 28, 2008) - Three members of the McGill women's cross-country running team are among seven all-stars announced by the Quebec Student Sports Federation, which also revealed the conference major trophy winners, Wednesday.

Mélanie Myrand of Pointe-Claire, Que., heads-up the Martlets trio, along with Brittany Therrien of Victoria, B.C., and Christina Lo Basso of Montreal.

Myrand, a 19-year-old nursing freshman, won bronze for the Martlets at the Quebec conference championships in Mandeville, Que., last Saturday. She completed the five-kilometre run in 19 minutes, 12 seconds, some 64 seconds behind the the race winner.

Therrien, an 18-year-old English freshman, finished fourth in 19:35, while Lo Basso, a 22-year-old kinesiology junior, was ninth overall in 19:44.

Rounding out the all-star squad is Laval's Catherine Cormier of New Richmond, Que., and teammate Véronique Fortin from Quebec City, plus two other from the Sherbrooke Vert & Or -- Valérie Bélanger of Jonquière, Que., and Marilaine Savard of St-Mathias-sur-Richelieu, Que.

Cormier was voted athlete of the year, while Bélanger grabbed top rookie honours. Concordia's Alaina Garrigan of Camden, Maine was the top student-athlete and Kevin Després, who led laval to the women's team title, was named coach of the year.

2008 QSSF WOMEN'S CROSS-COUNTRY ALL-STARS & MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

  • Laval - Catherine Cormier, Medicine, 3rd yr., 21, New Richmond, Que.
  • Laval - Véronique Fortin, Anesthesiology, 4th yr, 28, Québec City, Que.
  • McGill - Mélanie Myrand, Nursing, 1st yr, 19, Pointe Claire, Que.
  • Sherbrooke - Valérie Bélanger, Medicine-PhD, 1st yr., 19, Jonquière, Que.
  • McGill - Brittany Therrien, English, 1st yr., 18, Victoria. B.C.
  • Sherbrooke - Marilaine Savard, Kinesiology, 3rd yr., 21, St-Mathias-sur-Richelieu, Que.
  • McGill - Christina Lo Basso, Kinesiology, 4th yr., 22, Montréal, Que.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Laval - Catherine Cormier, Medicine, 3rd yr., 21, New Richmond, Que.

FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Sherbrooke - Valérie Bélanger, Medicine-PhD, 1st yr., 19, Jonquière, Que. 

STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Concordia - Alaina Garrigan, Urban Studies, 1st yr., Camden, Maine

COACH OF THE YEAR

Laval - Kevin Després

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SOURCE:
Earl Zukerman
McGill Athletics 7 Recreation
(514) 398-7012 (tel.)