McGill captures Quebec X-country titles

McGill captures Quebec Cross Country titles
Sat., 29 Oct 2005

MONTREAL -­ Adrian Walton of London, Ont., and Lauren Whyte of Belleville, Ont., each captured gold medals as McGill swept both the men¹s and women¹s titles at the Quebec cross-country running championships, held at Parc Maisonneuve in Montreal, Saturday.

It was the 18th straight conference title for the Martlets and the seventh in 13 years for the Redmen, who had not won since 2002.

Walton, a science and music junior, completed the 10-kilometre run in 33 minutes, 18 seconds, to finish first of 36 runners. Teammate Stephen Douglas of Picton, N.S., won silver in 33:23 and Sherbrooke¹s Simon-Pierre Landry took the bronze in 33:25.

Other scorers for McGill, which had to make do with out the services of injured Jeff McCabe, their top runner, were Patrick McAuliffe of Seattle (5th, 33:36), James Young of London (6th, 33:41) and Marty Fox of Toronto (8th, 34:10). The Redmen will be sending the aforementioned five runners to the CIS Nationals in Halifax, Nov. 12, along with McCabe, a senior from Toronto and Antony Orth, a sophomore from Vancouver.

On the women¹s side, Whyte, an arts sophomore, was first of 40 runners, finishing the 5k run in 18:14. Teammate Elspeth McGregor of Vernon, B.C., captured silver in 18:26 and Laval¹s Veronque Fortin was third in 18:42.

Rounding out the scoring for the Martlets was Genevieve Jenkins (4th, 18:57) of Mission Viejo, Calif., Jane Cullis (5th, 18:58) of Vancouver and Jessalyn O¹Donnell (6th, 19:14) on Duncan, B.C. Joining those five women at the Nationals will be Deborah Lightman of Toronto and Deenie Quinn of Westfield, N.J.

The McGill women placed runners in first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth place to score 18 total points, followed by Laval (52 points) and Sherbrooke (112). On the men¹s side, McGill placed first, second, fifth, sixth and eighth to amass 22 points. Sherbrooke was second with 37, followed by Laval with 64.

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