McGill wins 20th consecutive Quebec cross-country title
Oct 27, 07 Cross Country (W)
By Earl Zukerman
PAPINEAUVILLE, Que. Lauren Whyte of Belleville, Ont., finished first of 39 runners as McGill captured the Quebec university women's cross-country championship in muddy conditions at Papineauville, Que., about 70 kilometres east of Ottawa, Saturday.
It was the 20th straight conference title for the Martlets, who also placed runners in the third, fifth, seventh and eighth spots to score 24 total points. Sherbrooke was second with 43 points, followed by Laval (49) and Concordia (92 pts).
Whyte, a 21-year-old political science senior, completed the women's five-kilometre course in 17 minutes, 42 seconds. Concordia's Sarah Burger and McGill's Elspeth McGregor of Vernon, B.C., finished behind her on the podium, clocking in at 17:50 and 18:03, respectively.
"Whyte ran a smart race," said long-time McGill mentor Dennis Barrett, who earned coach-of-the-year honours. "She's had a terrific end to the season after being sidelined by leg injuries and merited winning the conference's athlete-of-the-year award."
"It was a good performance the team considering the way we rebounded from numerous injuries and setbacks."
Whyte also captured the conference honour presented to the athlete who best combines athletic performance with academics and citizenship.
Sherbrooke's Annie Riopel-Meunier was named rookie of the year.
Rounding out the scoring for McGill was Trish Muddiman (5th, 18:10) of Sarnia, Ont., Deenie Quinn (7th, 18:46) of Westfield, N.J., and Christina Lo Basso (8th, 18:49) of Montreal.
The Martlets will send seven members to the CIS championships in Victoria, Nov. 10.
On the men's side, Sherbrooke's Alex Genest was named athlete of the year after winning the 10k race in 30:09, leading the Vert & Or to the league championship. Following Genest on the podium were teammates Francois Menard-Kilrane (30:18) and Ferdinand Buzingo (30:29).
Sherbrooke won the meet with 17 points with finishers in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th place, followed by McGill (49), Laval (57) and Concordia (107).
The Redmen were led by freshman Sebastien Flynn of Dartmouth, N.S., who came in fourth (30:33). Flynn, a 19-year-old who was McGill's top scorer in five meets overall, was voted as the conference's rookie of the year.
Other scorers for McGill included Stephen Douglas (8th, 30:54) of Pictou, N.S., James Young (9th, 30:55) of London. Ont., Antony Orth (12th, 31:38) of Vancouver, B.C., and Graydon Snider (15th, 31:45) of Montreal.
WOMEN'S QSSF CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP MEET STANDINGS : 1. McGill (24 pts; 1-3-5-7-8) 2. Sherbrooke (43 pts; 6-9-10-13-15) 3. Laval (49 pts; 4-14-16-17-18) 4. Concordia (92 pts; 2-21-22-23-24) MAJOR AWARDS: ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Lauren Whyte, McGill ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Annie Riopel-Meunier, Sherbrooke ACADEMICS, ATHLETICS & CITIZENSHIP: Lauren Whyte, McGill COACH OF THE YEAR: Dennis Barrett ALL-STARS (Top 7 finishers & time in 5k): 1. Lauren Whyte, McGill (17:42) 2. Sarah Burger, Concordia (17:50) 3. Elspeth McGregor, McGill (18:03) 4. Alexia Pichard-Jolicoeur, Laval (18:07) 5. Trish Muddiman, McGill (18:10) 6. Annie Riopel-Meunier, Sherbrooke (18:12) 7. Deenie Quinn, McGill (18:46) =========================================================== MEN'S QSSF CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP MEET STANDINGS: 1. Sherbrooke (17 pts; 1-2-3-4-7) 2. McGill (49 pts; 5-8-9-12-15) 3. Laval (57 pts; 6-10-11-13-17) 4. Concordia (107 pts; 16-19-23-24-25) MAJOR AWARDS: ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Alex Genest, Sherbrooke ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Sebastien Flynn, McGill ACADEMICS, ATHLETICS & CITIZENSHIP: Alex Genest, Sherbrooke COACH OF THE YEAR: Vincent Paquet, Sherbrooke ALL-STARS (Top 7 finishers & time in 10k): 1. Alex Genest, Sherbrooke (30:09) 2. James Poulin-Cadovius, Sherbrooke (30:10) 3. Francois Menard-Kilrane, Sherbrooke (30:18) 4. Ferdinand Buzingo, Sherbrooke (30:29) 5. Sebastien Flynn, McGill (30:33) 6. Maxime Gonneville, Laval (30:41) 7. Simon-Pierre Landry, Sherbrooke (30:49)
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