Vermont, Ottawa Lions win McGill Open Meet
Sep 13, 08 Cross Country (M)
By Earl Zukerman
MONTREAL - Doug Maisey won gold and led his University of Vermont Catamounts to a first-place finish at the McGill Open cross-country running meet atop Mount Royal, Saturday.
Maisey finished first of 183 runners in overcast, 17 C conditions, completing the men's six-kilometre circuit in 19 minutes, 13 seconds. Sherbrooke's Simon-Pierre Landry was second in 19:27, followed by McGill's Sebastien Flynn, a sophomore from Dartmouth, N.S. at 19:29.
Other members of the Redmen in the scoring included senior Graydon Snyder (7th, 19:54) of Montreal, junior Ken Douglas (18th, 20:25) of Los Gatos, Calif., and a pair of freshmen -- Alexandre Duhalt (24th, 20:29) and Daniel Kramer (26th, 20:40).
In the team scoring, Vermont was first of 13 men's teams with runners placing first, fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth to score a combined 28 points. Western Ontario was second with 52 points followed by McGill (78), McMaster (91), Sherbrooke (159), Ottawa (170) and Laval (205), to round out the top seven teams.
In the women's 4k race, Dana Buchanan won gold and led her Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club to finish atop the standings.
Buchanan was clocked in 14:30, to finish first in a field of 171, easily outdistancing teammates Robyn Erickson (14:43) and Julia Hicks (14:47) on the podium. The top three university runners were McMaster teammates Jessica Pearo (4th, 14:48) and Jillian Wyman (5th, 14:49), plus Vermont's Aly Millett (6th, 14:57).
McGill, which ended up fifth of 12 teams with 116 points, placed runners in the 11th, 12th, 23rd, 31st and 39th scoring positions. The top Martlets performance was by freshman Brittany Therrien in 15:08. Rounding out the scoring for McGill was freshman Melanie Myrand (15:11), sophomore Christina Lo Basso (15:26) of Montreal, sophomore Arielle Beatty (15:48) of Sharon, Ont., and Gina Pinsonnault-Bilodeau (16:03), a sophomore from Brossard, Que.
The Ottawa Lions led the team scoring with 34 points, followed by McMaster (48), Vermont (85), Western (97), McGill (116), the Ottawa Gee-Gees (120), Sherbrooke (204) and Laval (244), to round-out the top eight.
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