X-Women run to 12th place showing at U SPORTS championship

Photo credit Ian MacAlpine
Photo credit Ian MacAlpine

The StFX X-Women ran to a 12th place showing at the U SPORTS national championship Saturday in Kingston, Ont. 

The X-Women picked up 381 points amongst the 20 teams competing. Dalhousie was the top AUS squad in ninth place with 277 points. Laval (55) were crowned U SPORTS champions, followed by Queen's (62) and Guelph (108).

Rachel MacDougall was the top X-Women to finish the 8k event. She placed 55th overall with a time of 30:47.8. Hana Marmura (30:58.0) was 65th with Zoe Johnston close behind (30:59.9) in 68th. Rounding out the X competitors were Jane Hergett (96th, 31:41.4), Ashley Robson (97th, 31:41.5), Paige Chisholm (115th, 32:09.2) and Catherine Thompson (116th, 32:10.8).

A total of 155 runners competed in the windy course in cold temperatures.

The full U SPORTS press release follows.


2018 U SPORTS Cross Country Championships
Women's Race: Laval wins first national championship, MacDougall wins individual title in rookie season

KINGSTON, Ont. (U SPORTS) – It was a close race throughout but in the end the Laval Rouge et Or claimed their first U SPORTS Women's Cross Country Championship – becoming the first RSEQ school to capture the banner - on Saturday afternoon at Fort Henry Hill in Kingston, Ont. 

Laval finished with two individual medalists as Aurélie Dubé-Lavoie and Catherine Beauchemin claimed the silver and bronze medals individually. Combined with two more All-Canadians in Anne-Marie Comeau and Jessy Lacourse and a 37th place finish from rookie Jade Bérube gave Laval the top spot with a total of 55 points. The Rouge et Or finished seven points ahead of second-place Queen's and 53 points ahead of third-place Guelph.

The host Queen's Gaels, who had been ranked No.1 all season fell just short of the national title with a team total of 62. The individual national champion was Brogan MacDougall ran a 27:48.6 to claim the gold medal. Her sister, Branna, was close behind with a ninth-place finish for the Gaels. Brogan not only finished as the Athlete of the Year but was also the top rookie for the women.

Following the race, the U SPORTS All-Canadians and major award winners were presented and included Lapointe, who took home Coach of the Year honours.

Team Standings

  1. Laval, 55
  2. Queen's, 62
  3. Guelph, 108
  4. UBC, 191
  5. McGill, 195
  6. Victoria, 206
  7. Trinity Western, 224
  8. Calgary, 227
  9. Dalhousie, 277
  10. Laurentian, 306
  11. Montreal, 376
  12. StFX, 381
  13. Toronto, 386
  14. Western, 389
  15. McMaster, 402
  16. Sherbrooke, 417
  17. Saskatchewan, 450
  18. Laurier, 501
  19. Regina, 596
  20. Manitoba, 701

First Team All-Canadians

1. Brogan MacDougall, Queen's (27:48.6)
2. Aurélie Dubé-Lavoie, Laval (28:02.1)
3. Catherine Beauchemin, Laval (28:05.4)
4. Danielle Jossinet, Guelph (28:11.8)
5. Melissa Jones, Calgary (28:28.7)
6. Anne-Marie Comeau, Laval (28:31.8)
7. Jessy Lacourse, Laval (28:33.5) 

Second Team All-Canadians

8. Alison Irvine, Victoria (28:34.0)
9. Branna MacDougall, Queen's (28:45.8)
10. Hannah Woodhouse, Guelph (28:49.4)
11. Courtney Hufsmith, Saskatchewan (29:00.4)
12. Meggie Dargis, McGill (29:01.2)
13. Makenna Fitzgerald, Queen's (29:07.5)
14. Nicola Symonds, UBC (29:09.6) 

Major Award Winners

Athlete of the Year: Brogan MacDougall, Queen's
Rookie of the Year: Brogan MacDougall, Queen's
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Alison Irvine, Victoria
Coach of the Year: Félix-Antoine Lapointe, Laval 

Full Results