McGill sends eight to x-country championships
Nov 07, 07 Cross Country (W)
By Earl Zukerman & Michel Bélanger
VICTORIA - McGill University is sending seven women and one man to compete at the CIS cross-country running championships at Beacon Hill Park, in Victoria, B.C.
The five-kilometre women's race will get under way at 1 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, followed 40 minutes later by the 10k men's event.
The University of Victoria Vikes are hoping to reverse the curse of the host team. They are the only school to capture the CIS women's title at home since the inaugural national race was held in 1980, an exploit the Vikes accomplished 20 years ago, in 1987.
Championship hosts haven't fared much better on the men's side over the years as only two schools have used home field to their advantage since the inaugural CIS event in 1963. Ottawa did so in 1990, and Toronto in 1978.
The Vikes hold the record with nine CIS women's banners but haven't tasted victory since a four-year championship run from 1998-2001.
The UVic men had a four-year title run of their own from 1994-97, but did not top the standings before or since.
The University of Guelph goes into the weekend as favourite in both races, one year after becoming the first school since Victoria in 1994 to leave the CIS championship with double team gold.
The reigning champion Gryphons swept both OUA titles this season and led all seven national women's rankings published this fall, and five of seven men's polls.
The Gryphs are led by 2007 OUA individual gold medalists Lindsay Carson and Kyle Boorsma.
In Quebec, the McGill Martlets claimed the women's team title thanks in large part to Lauren Whyte's gold-medal finish, while the Sherbrooke Vert & Or were crowned men's champions, led by individual winner Alex Genest.
Whyte missed the podium by one second at last year's CIS championship, while Genest took silver and received CIS rookie-of-the-year honours.
In the AUS, StFX captured three of four titles up for grabs this fall.
Monika Prieboschova and David Gerych both won individual gold and the X-Women finished first in the team standings. The men's banner went to the Dalhousie Tigers.
The Canada West conference doesn't hold its own championships in cross country. Top finishers at the Nationals are considered Canada West champions.
Calgary's Geoff Kerr, last year's CIS gold medalist, is back for his fifth and final season and is aiming to become only the fourth five-time all-Canadian in CIS cross country history following Memorial's Paul McCloy (1980, '81, '83, '84, '85), Ottawa's John Halvorsen (1985, '86, '87, '88, '90) and Moncton's Joel Bourgeois (1989, '90, '91, '92, '94).
Prior to his triumph in 2006, Kerr placed on the second all-Canadian team (finishers 8-14) on three occasions after finishing 11th at the 2005 Nationals, 13th in 2004 and 14th in 2002. He took a year off from CIS competition in 2003.
CIS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM CHAMPIONS Women 2006 Guelph (at Laval) 2005 Guelph (at Dalhousie) 2004 Dalhousie (at Guelph) 2003 Calgary (at Moncton) 2002 Toronto (at Western) 2001 Victoria (at Sherbrooke) 2000 Victoria (at Toronto) 1999 Victoria (at RMC / Queen's) 1998 Victoria (at Waterloo) 1997 Guelph (at Western) 1996 Waterloo (at McGill) 1995 Windsor (at Western) 1994 Victoria (at Western) 1993 Calgary (at Dalhousie) 1992 Calgary (at McGill) 1991 Toronto (at Victoria) 1990 Western (at Ottawa) 1989 Western (at UBC) 1988 Western (at Laval) 1987 Victoria (at Victoria) 1986 Victoria (at Western) 1985 Victoria (at Sherbrooke) 1984 Western (at Guelph) 1983 Western (at Laurentian) 1982 Western (at Laurentian) 1981 Western (at Lethbridge) 1980 Victoria (at Guelph) Men 2006 Guelph (at Laval) 2005 Windsor (at Dalhousie) 2004 Windsor (at Guelph) 2003 Windsor (at Moncton) 2002 Guelph (at Western) 2001 Guelph (at Sherbrooke) 2000 Guelph (at Toronto) 1999 Guelph (at RMC / Queen's) 1998 Windsor (at Waterloo) 1997 Victoria (at Western) 1996 Victoria (at McGill) 1995 Victoria (at Western) 1994 Victoria (at Western) 1993 UBC (at Dalhousie) 1992 Sherbrooke (at McGill) 1991 Toronto (at Victoria) 1990 Ottawa (at Ottawa) 1989 Manitoba (at UBC) 1988 Manitoba (at Laval) 1987 Ottawa (at Victoria) 1986 Ottawa (at Western) 1985 Western (at Sherbrooke) 1984 Queen's (at Guelph) 1983 Queen's (at Laurentian) 1982 Toronto (at Laurentian) 1981 Queen's (at Lethbridge) 1980 Alberta (at Guelph) 1979 Queen's (at Toronto) 1978 Toronto (at Toronto) 1977 Toronto (at Queen's) 1976 Western (at Guelph) 1975 Toronto (at Victoria) 1974 Toronto (at Guelph) 1973 OUAA All-Stars (at RMC / Queen's) 1972 OUAA All-Stars (at RMC) 1971 Western (at UNB) 1970 Western (at UBC) 1969 Guelph (at MacDonald) 1968 Saskatchewan (at Dalhousie) 1967 Toronto (at Guelph) 1966 Toronto (at Guelph) 1965 Toronto (at Guelph) 1964 Manitoba (at Guelph) 1963 McMaster (at Guelph) CIS CROSS COUNTRY INDIVIDUAL GOLD MEDALISTS Women 2006 Megan Brown, Toronto 2005 Beth Wightman, Toronto 2004 Kristina Rody, Guelph 2003 Beth Wightman, Queen's 2002 Sarah Dillabaugh, Ottawa 2001 Beth Wightman, Queen's 2000 Debbie Buhlers, Waterloo 1999 Teresa Duck, Western 1998 Nathalie Côté, Ottawa 1997 Nathalie Côté, Ottawa 1996 Nathalie Côté, Ottawa 1995 Missy McCleary, Windsor 1994 Linda Thyer, McGill 1993 Lisa Harvey, Calgary 1992 Lisa Harvey, Calgary 1991 Anna Gunasekera, Victoria 1990 Anna Gunasekera, Victoria 1989 Lucy Smith, Dalhousie 1988 Lucy Smith, Dalhousie 1987 Brenda Shackleton, Victoria 1986 Brenda Shackleton, Victoria 1985 Brenda Shackleton, Victoria 1984 Jill Purola, Western 1983 Sylvia Ruegger, Guelph 1982 Nancy Rooks, York 1981 Anne-Marie Malone, Queen's 1980 Sylvia Ruegger, Guelph Men 2006 Geoffrey Kerr, Calgary 2005 Cristiano Mauricio, Windsor 2004 Cristiano Mauricio, Windsor 2003 Eric Gillis, StFX 2002 Jamie Epp, Saskatchewan 2001 Jerry Ziak, Victoria 2000 Jamie Epp, Saskatchewan 1999 Graham Cocksedge, Victoria 1998 Jeremy Deere, Calgary 1997 Guy Schultz, Western 1996 Éric Jobin, Sherbrooke 1995 Jeff Schiebler, UBC 1994 Joël Bourgeois, Moncton 1993 Brendan Matthias, Toronto 1992 Graeme Fell, UBC 1991 Brendan Matthias, Toronto 1990 John Halvorsen, Ottawa 1989 Richard Charrette, Ottawa 1988 John Halvorsen, Ottawa 1987 John Halvorsen, Ottawa 1986 John Halvorsen, Ottawa 1985 Bob Rice, Ottawa 1984 Paul McCloy, Memorial 1983 Paul McCloy, Memorial 1982 Brian Rhodes, Alberta 1981 Paul McCloy, Memorial 1980 Paul Williams, Toronto 1979 Peter Butler, Calgary 1978 Paul Williams, Toronto 1977 Paul Williams, Guelph 1976 Brian Stride, Brock 1975 Information not available 1974 John Sharp, Toronto 1973 John Sharp, Toronto 1972 Rick Munro, Dalhousie 1971 Grant McLaren, Western 1970 Dave Smith, York 1969 Grant McLaren, Guelph 1968 Dave Smith, York 1967 David Bailey, Toronto 1966 David Bailey, Toronto 1965 Jerome Drayton, Toronto 1964 Chris Williamson, UNB 1963 Bruce Kidd, Toronto
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