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Nov 28 2017 - New Brunswick Athletes at National Cross Country Championships

New Brunswick athletes competed at the National Cross Country championships that were held at Fort Henry in Kingston, ON. This is year 3 of 4 that the championships will be hosted in Kingston and year 3 of 4 that athletes saw the course as a truly challenging XC course.  Race conditions were rainy, muddy, and a cool windswept day.  In true New Brunswick form, tough conditions produced some really great performances.

With Pan Am Cross Country national team implications to both the U20 and Senior Men's and Women's races. Athletes raced to top 6 eligible placing in order to be selected.  Pan Am Cross Country will be hosted in San Salvador, El Salvador February 17th, 2018.

All 3 age categories saw athletes from New Brunswick compete.

 

Highlights included:

In the U20 category Laura Dickinson from ASEA was 7th in a time of 21:37 for 6km in the Women's race. Laura had an outstanding performance given the tough conditions and the very competitive U20 Women's field. With her finish, Laura is eligible for the U20 Women's Pan Am Cross Country team. On the men's side Brady Graves from SJTC was 15th in 26:02 over 8km in the U20 Men's race.

 

In the senior competition both genders competed over 10km. On the men's side Matt McNeil finished 34th in 32:37. Sarah Myatt was the top Senior Women from NB in 47th with a time of 39:27. 

 

Chris Belof , Athletics New Brunswick High performance coach had this to say "On a tough day in Kingston is was great to see such a strong representation from NB athletes.  Laura, Matt and Brady's performances speak to the talent and coaching knowledge that we have here in NB.  Cross Country is a very important part the endurance athletes development, and with that having the great representation that NB did across the genders and age groups was exciting to see. I look forward to those numbers and results growing in the future." 

Other NB finishers included:

Hannah Trites : 86th - 16:05 - Youth women

 

Jr. Men:

Isaac Cull - 50th - 27:34

Michael Colford - 56th - 27:47

Lars Schwarz - 68th 28:21

Ian Verschoor - 75th - 28:38

Dawson Nancekievill - 79th 28:51

Tyler Adams - 82nd - 29:00

Mitchell Spragg - 85th - 29:10

 

Grant Handrigan - 85th - 35:11 - Senior men

2017-12-06 - Dickinson and Belof Named to Team Canada
2017-12-01 - First Performance Practice of the Season
2017-11-28 - New Brunswick Athletes at National Cross Country Championships
2017-11-26 - ANB awards winners 2017
2017-11-26 - Konica Minolta SportNB awards

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