Whyte earns All-Canadian berth;Martlets finish 5th

Whyte earns All-Canadian berth; Martlets finish 5th
Nov 12, 05 

By Earl Zukerman

HALIFAX -- McGill's Lauren Whyte finished seventh of 127 competitors in the women's five-kilometre race to earn all-Canadian honours at the 2005 CIS cross-country running championships, held at Halifax's Point Pleasant Park, Saturday.

Whyte, a 19-year-old arts sophomore from Belleville, Ont., completed the course in 17 minutes, 30 seconds.

Beth Wightman of the Toronto Varsity Blues, who captured her third title in five years, finished in 16:44. Dalhousie's Janice Ashworth won a CIS silver medal for the third straight year, in 17:10 and Guelph's Laura Moulton was third, in 17:13, leading the Gryphons to a CIS championship.

Guelph was first of 18 teams with 113 points, followed by Toronto (119), Victoria (136), Calgary (146) and fifth-place McGill (163), their best result in years.

On the men's side, Windsor's Cristiano Mauricio defended his CIS individual title and the Western Mustangs captured the CIS championship. Guelph won silver and Victoria took bronze. The Redmen finished eighth of 15 teams, led by Adrian Walton, a junior from London, Ont., who finished the 10k race 31st overall in 32:00.

Joining Whyte among the Martlets top five scorers was senior Jane Cullis (24th, 18:05) of Vancouver, senior Genevieve Jenkins (31st, 18:12) of Mission Viejo, Calif., sophomore Elspeth McGregor (37th, 18:20) of Vernon, B.C., and Jessalyn O'Donnell (64th, 18:46), a junior from Duncan, B.C.

"I'm fairly pleased with our results overall, they were much better than last year," said longtime McGill head coach Dennis Barrett. "This course was a little narrow for the amount of teams competing and that made it very difficult to pass, especially in the women's race, which was much shorter. Whyte ran quite well but had to battle from the back of the pack to earn a top seven finish for all-Canadian honours."

Moncton's Patty Blanchard, a 48-year-old competing against runners 25 years younger, finished 11th, earning second-team all-Canadian status. Blanchard was previously a bronze medallist at the first-ever CIS women's cross country championship in 1980.

Mauricio completed the men's 10km course in 30:16, ahead of Waterloo's Scott Arnald (30:36) and Dalhousie's Paul Chafe (30:42).

Aside from Walton, other scorers for McGill were: senior Jeff McCabe (43rd, 32:27) of Toronto, freshman James Young (49th, 32:41) of London, senior Patrick McAuliffe (55th, 32:46) of Seattle and Stephen Douglas (56th, 32:46), a sophomore from Picton, N.S.

Windsor placed three runners in the top 10, giving them their third-straight team title. Guelph was second, while Victoria knocked Alberta off the podium for the first time in three years, to claim the bronze.

The CIS rookies of the year were Victoria's Daniel Mallie and Kelsey Daley of Saint Mary's. Mallie claimed the men's honour, finishing 16th overall in 31:28, while Daley was the top rookie in the women's race, finishing 23rd in 18:05.

FINAL WOMEN'S TEAM STANDINGS:

1. Guelph, 113 pts.
2. Toronto, 119
3. Victoria, 136
4. Calgary, 146
5. McGill, 163
6. Western, 176
7. Windsor, 197
8. Saskatchewan, 222
9. St.FX, 223
10. Dalhousie, 232
11. Alberta, 239
12. Queen's, 336
13. Laurentian, 361
14. Manitoba, 390
15. St. Mary's, 393
16. Moncton, 411
17. Laval, 450
18. Acadia, 566

FINAL MEN'S TEAM STANDINGS:

1. Western, 54 pts.
2. Guelph, 65
3. Victoria, 111
4. Alberta, 115
5. Dalhousie, 173
6. Queen's, 202
7. Manitoba, 219
8. McGill, 234
9. Toronto, 261
10. St.FX, 290
11. Laval, 293
12. Calgary, 305
13. Sherbrooke, 331
14. St. Mary's, 516 
15. UNB, 529