CCAA Cross-Country Championships

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Lionel-Groulx College in Sainte-Thérèse, Que. hosted 264 student-athletes for the 2017 Canadian college cross-country championships.

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Known officially as the CCAA Cross-Country Championships – CCAA standing for Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association – the national event was held at an equestrian park in nearby Blainville. Runners from 38 colleges raced either the women’s 6K or men’s 8K.

According to the host organizers, the cross-country course included “gravel, grass and sand sections, alternating between slightly undulating terrain, banks, a hill and flat portions.” Temperatures were below zero on Saturday with conditions feeling as cold as – 7 C as of the men’s race, which went off at 12:30 p.m. EST, an hour after the women’s championship race.

Veronika Fagan won the women’s 6K for UBC Okanagan in 21:42 as Jade Bérubé of host Lionel-Groulx and Lethbridge’s Sophia Nowicki finished second and third rounding out the podium. Lionel-Groulx won the women’s team title over SAIT – Southern Alberta Institute of Technology – by a 45 to 47 point margin.

In the men’s 8K, Matthew Travaglini, the 2017 Canadian mountain running champion, ran 24:18 for the win for SAIT, the same post-secondary institution that 2017 Canadian marathon champion Trevor Hofbauer attended. Travaglini won by 40 seconds over Sherbrooke’s Perry MacKinnon and SAIT teammate Jacques Saayman (25:24).

CCAA Cross-Country Championships

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Despite going 1-3 in the men’s race, SAIT finished third in the team standings as Sherbrooke scored a championship low 39 points, eight points over second-place’s Fanshawe. Full results can be found below.

Bringing back a bronze from Nationals 😄 Amazing work Soph 🥉 #CCAAccr2017

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In other post-secondary action, the Canadian university cross-country championships take place on Nov. 12 in Victoria.

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