The 2017 Athletics Ontario Cross Country Championships will be held at Morrison Meadows in Bracebridge, Ontario. For more information on the meet please click here.
2016 Athletics Canada Cross Country Championships
Athletics Canada National Cross Country Championships took place Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Fort Henry in Kingston, ON.
A classic cross-country favourite, conditions on the course were mild making for good race conditions, even the sun made an appearance. It was the start line snow that left athletes fighting for the best position. The conditions wouldn’t stop Team Ontario, who went on to sweep in the Team Championships category.
In the Youth Boys category, it would be Joshua Desouza of the Newmarket Huskies leading Team O, finishing second with a time of 18:59.60 followed by teammates Max Turek of Durham Dragon Athletics, Nik Mota of the Newmarket Huskies and Cameron Dean of Durham Dragon Athletics, who finished third, fourth and fifth, respectfully.
The Youth Girls, led by Aleksa Gold of Central Toronto Athletic Club finished second, 42.1 seconds behind Team Alberta’s Savanna Jordan. Cameron Ormond from the Newmarket Huskies finished off an incredible season with a fourth place finish. Ormond who is the defending OFSAA Cross Country Championships finished second at AO’s Cross Country Championships a few weeks prior behind Alexandra Weir of Central Toronto. Weir and Lily Tuck followed closely behind Ormond, helping secure the Team title. Remy Cattell and Solstice Saliba completed the Youth Girls team, finishing eighth and ninth.
Ontario would top the Junior Men’s category led by Toronto West Athletics Ehab El-Sandali taking first place with a time of 24:49.2. Windsor Legion Track & Field Club would go two, three with the likes of Mitchell Ubene and Miles Matthews with only three-tenths of a second to spare. Andrew Alexander of the University of Toronto Track Club and Laurel Creek’s Andrew Shepherd would help capture the Team title finishing fifth and sixth.
It would be the Junior Women who held seven top 10 finishing positions. Brogan MacDougall of Physi-Kult Kingston would lead Team O to victory, with a second place finish coming in at 20:47.9. MacDougall would be followed by Hannah Woodhouse of Speed River, Martha MacDonald from University of Toronto Track Club, Hannah Johnston of Lakehead Running, Shona McCulloch from the Ottawa Lions and sisters Madeleine and Sevanna Ghazarian of Speed River.
A repeat for Ross Proudfoot, who successfully defended his National Cross Country Championship title. Proudfoot held onto his lead over B.C’s Lucas Bruchet by just three-tenths of a second. Olympian, Matt Hughes finished just off the podium in fourth place with a time of 30:02.6. Newmarket Huskies Sami Jibril AO Provincial Cross Country Champion finished sixth behind Team Alberta’s Rory Linkletter. Coming off the OUA Championships, University of Windsor’s Corey Bellemore faced fierce competition, holding his own Bellemore went on to finish ninth clocking in at 30:37.2.
Sasha Gollish can add another achievement under her belt, winning the Senior Women’s Cross Country Championships. This was the first Women’s 10km Championship race after Athletics Canada made the adjustment earlier this year to equalize distances with the IAAF. Ontario’s Rachel Hannah and Victoria Cotes put together a strong performance, pushing to capture the Team title finishing fifth and sixth respectfully.
2016 Athletics Ontario Cross Country Championships
The 2016 Athletics Ontario Provincial Championships kicked off Sunday morning at Fireman’s Park with the Ontario Master’s 5km.
With a cold wind that kept temperatures feeling well below 11 degrees for a majority of the day, athletes looked to cap off their 2016 season on a high note.
For many athletes, the course proved challenging; quickly narrowing into the forest making the first 100 meters critical. A relief from the gusty conditions, athletes packed in tight going through the forest, breaking off into several small groups as they made their way to the first clearing.
In the Senior Women’s category, it was Sasha Gollish who held onto her Championship title holding off a fierce Rachel Hannah. Hannah broke out and lead the women’s group for the first lap, Gollish opened up her stride in the second half to finish with a time of 20:26.00. Hannah would finish in second with 20:33 followed by Victoria Cotes 20:45.
It was Sami Jibril of the Newmarket Huskies who took home the Senior Men’s 10km Championship title ahead of Toronto Olympic Club Hajin Tola and Berhanu Degefa. Jibril covered the 10km course in an impressive 30:45. Hajin Tola went on to secure second place with a time of 31:08 followed by teammate Berhanu Degefa in third. clocking in at 31:33.
The largest female race of the day was the Midget Girls with over 116 participants. Cameron Ormond of the Newmarket Huskies was looking for her third XC title on Sunday. Central Toronto‘s Alexandra Weir would out stride Ormond, forcing Ormond out of the top spot with a time of 10:33. Ormond and third place finisher Remy Cattell, also from Central Toronto would finish with a time of 10:39. With AC Nationals two weeks away, expect another noteworthy and memorable performance from all.
Nicolas Mota of the Newmarket Huskies dominated the Midget Boys field, crushing his competition with a time of 13:54. Chase Chanty of the Windsor Legions found himself in the company of Huskies with his second place finish of 14:10, followed up quickly by Alex Sandras of Newmarket running a 14:16.
2016 Overall Cross Country Championships
The 2016 Overall Cross County Champions was awarded to the Newmarket Huskies after a combined team total of 190 points. For the fourth consecutive year, the Newmarket Huskies have defended their Cross Country title. Central Toronto Athletics Club edged out UTTC to secure second place. For the third straight year, Central Toronto athletes have made monumental improvements, giving the Newmarket Huskies new competition on the Cross Country circuit.
|Newmarket Huskies Track Club||190|
|Central Toronto Athletic Club||129|
|University OF Toronto T.C||117|
|Toronto Olympic Club||57|
|Durham Dragons Athletics||52|
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