In February 2020, Victoria, B.C. is hosting the Pan Am Cross-Country Cup, which will see four Canadian teams competing. Athletics Canada announced on Thursday the senior and U20 men’s and women’s teams that will be representing Canada this winter.
First- and second-place finishers from the senior men’s race at nationals (the qualifier for Pan Ams), Mike Tate and Luc Bruchet, are notably missing from the team. Both runners are likely deciding to focus their winter training efforts on an indoor track season, as opposed to cross-country races. Due to the new World Rankings system, the indoor track season has become more important than ever, with the points accumulated during that season helping runners to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
However, it appears that all of the eligible senior women have accepted their bids. Gen Lalonde, who leads the senior women’s team, has had a great year. In 2019 she was a World Championship finalist on the track, she had one of the highest-ever World Cross-Country finishes by a Canadian last March and she broke her own Canadian steeple record. She will be joined by two fellow World Championships competitors, Maria Galea-Bernard (steeplechase) and Natasha Wodak (10,000m) at the upcoming Cup.
The championship will take place February 29.