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 wouldnâ€™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 Albertaâ€™s Savanna Jordan.Â Cameron Ormond from the Newmarket Huskies finished off an incredible season with a fourth place finish. Ormond who is the defending OFSAA Cross Country ChampionshipsÂ finished second at AOâ€™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 Menâ€™s category led by Toronto West Athletics Ehab El-SandaliÂ 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 Creekâ€™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 LakeheadÂ Running, Shona McCulloch from the Ottawa Lions and sisters Madeleine and SevannaÂ 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.Câ€™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 ProvincialÂ Cross Country ChampionÂ finished sixth behind Team Albertaâ€™s Rory Linkletter. Coming off the OUA Championships, University of Windsorâ€™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 Womenâ€™s Cross Country Championships. This was the first Womenâ€™s 10km Championship race after Athletics Canada made the adjustment earlier this year to equalize distances with the IAAF. Ontarioâ€™s Rachel Hannah and Victoria Cotes put together a strong performance, pushing to capture the Team title finishing fifth and sixth respectfully.