McGill finishes 16th at CIS Cross-country championships

McGill Martlets finishes 16th at CIS Cross-country championships
Nov. 15, 2009 Cross Country (W)

By Earl Zukerman

KINGSTON, Ont. -- The McGill Martlets finished 16th overall at the CIS cross-country running championships held at Fort Henry Hill in Kingston, Ont., Saturday. The event featured 25 schools and 323 student-athletes from across Canada.

The perennial champion University of Guelph Gryphons swept both team titles for a record fourth straight year. The Guelph women won with a 57-point tally blowing away the competition as the Toronto Varsity Blues were second at 144 points and the McMaster Marauders third with 147.

The U of T's Megan Brown from Guelph, Ont., claimed back-to-back CIS gold medals and her third individual title in four years, after her victories in 2008 and 2006. She finished first in a field of 131 competitors, completing the five-kilometre event with a time of 16 minutes, 55.9 seconds.

McGill's top finisher was Melanie Myrand who finished 28th in 18:15.2. Other members of the Martlets were Madeleine Cummings (64th, 19:04.4), Catherine Drouin-Audet (74th, 19:12.8),Aimee Castro finished (86th, 19:28.9), Gina Pinsonnault-Bilodeau (101st, 19:48.2) and Charlene Puel (108th, 19:58.9).

On the men's side, the Gryphons cruised through the 10k race finishing with 31 points overall. Windsor was second with 92 and St.FX claimed bronze with 170. McGill, with only three runners entered, did not qualify for team scoring.

Three Guelph teammates were among the first five runners to cross the finish line, including individual champion Matt Brunsting of Stirling, Ont., who earned back-to-back CIS gold medals. Brunsting finished the course with an impressive time of 30:34.3.

For the Redmen, Graydon Snider was 36th of 130 runners in 33 minutes flat. He was followed by teammates Daniel Kramer (100th, 34:52.8 and Alexander Duhault (101st, 34:56.8).

The top seven finishers in the women's and men's races earned first-team all-Canadian status. Finishers eight through 14 were second-team CIS all-stars.

CIS also announced the Student-Athlete Community Service Awards at the event. Gwendolyn Muir (Knowlton, Que.) from Dalhousie and Matt Hulse (Kingston, Ont.) from Queen's University were named this year's recipients.

Fort Henry Hill will be the site of the 2010 FISU world university cross country championships on Saturday, April 11. Officials from FISU were on hand to conduct a progress update and officially pass the FISU banner to organizers during today's event.

For all the info on the 2009 CIS cross country championships including complete results, please visit: www.cis-sic.ca.

WOMENS RESULTS (5 km)

Team standings
1. Guelph, 57 points
2. Toronto, 144
3. McMaster, 147
4. Victoria, 178
5. Alberta, 210
6. Calgary, 213
7. Manitoba, 218
8. St. Francis Xavier, 227
9. Laval, 232
10. Queen's, 237
11. Windsor, 251
12. Saskatchewan, 293
13. Dalhousie, 306
14. Sherbrooke, 307
15. Western, 317
16. McGill, 353
17. Laurentian, 467
18. Concordia, 568
19. RMC, 626

Individual honours
Athlete of the year: Megan Brown, Toronto
Rookie of the year: Genevieve Lalonde, Guelph
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Gwendolyn Muir, Dalhousie
Coach of the year: Dave Scott-Thomas, Guelph

First All-Canadian team

1. 16:55.9 Megan Brown, Toronto
2. 17:14.3 Lindsay Carson, Guelph
3. 17.23.1 Valerie Belanger, Sherbrooke
4. 17:23.9 Erin McClure, Toronto
5. 17:24.2 Jessica Pearo, McMaster
6. 17:30.0 Tamara Jewett, Toronto
7.17:30.3 Jodi Souter, Sasketchwan

Second All-Canadian team

8. 17:32.3 Rachel Cliff, Guelph
9. 17:33.7 Genevieve Lalonde, Guelph
10.17:34.3 Ashley Ryer, Saint Marys
11.17:34.4 Catherine Cormier, Laval
12.17:37.9 Caroline Schlosser, Dalhousie
13. 17:40.9 Lynn Mockler, Western
14. 17:41.0 Dayna Pidhoresky, Windsor

MENS RESULTS (10 km)

Team standings

1. Guelph, 31 points
2. Windsor, 92
3. St.Francis Xavier, 170
4. Regina, 186
5. Calgary, 222
6. Alberta, 225
7. Queen's, 227
8. Western, 242
9. McMaster, 243
10. Sherbrooke, 251
11. Victoria, 252
12. Toronto, 280
13. Dalhousie, 341
14. Laval, 343
15. Manitoba, 361
16. Laurier, 459
17. Concordia, 462
18. Saskatchewan, 495
19. RMC, 600

Individual honours
Athlete of the year: Matt Brunsting, University of Guelph
Rookie of the year: Wyatt Baiton, University of Regina
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Matt Hulse, Queens University
Coach of the year: Dave Scott-Thomas, University of Guelph

All-Canadian First team

1. 30:34.3 Matt Brunsting, Guelph
2. 30:44.8 Kyle Boorsma, Guelph
3. 30:49.8 Kelly Wiebbe, Regina
4. 30:54.3 Dave Weston, Windsor
5. 30:57.9 Allan Brett, Guelph
6. 31:01.8 Matt Pieterson, Victoria
7. 31:32.1 Russell Christie, Dalhousie

All-Canadian Second team

8. 31:34.0 Adam Kellar, Windsor
9. 31:37.9 Johannes Mallie, Victoria
10. 31:42.0 Kyle ONeill, Western
11. 31:43.9 Nigel Wray, Guelph
12. 31:49.2 John Parrott, Guelph
13. 31:59.9 Wyatt Baiton, Regina
14. 32:13.0 Bagdad Rachem, Sherbrooke

Full Results:

Women

Women Team

Men

Men Team

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SOURCE:
Earl Zukerman
Communications Officer
Athletics & Recreation
McGill University
514-398-7012 (Tel.)
www.mcgill.ca/athletics

Michel Bélanger
Manager, Communications & Media Relations
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Ph: (613) 562-5670 ext. 25 

belanger@universitysport.ca