Saturday were the Athletics Canada Cross-Country Championships and Brogan MacDougall handily won the U20 women’s race, booking her ticket to the World Cross-Country Championships in Denmark in March.
MacDougall has had an incredible season. In the fall of 2018 she became the OUA champion, U Sports champion, U Sports rookie of the year and U Sports athlete of the year. MacDougall said post-race, “It has been a dream of a season.”
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) November 24, 2018
MacDougall said that being a little more relaxed about running has helped her get to a new level. “I honestly forgot I was racing this whole week. It’s my home course so I just went about my business as usual.”
The Fort was muddy on Saturday. MacDougall took the race out hard and brought three other women with her: Anne Forsyth, Taryn O’Neill and Maggie Smith. The women stayed together through the halfway point and eventually Forsyth and MacDougall broke away. With a lap to go, MacDougall was on her own.
Forsyth was 46th at the NCAA Championships last weekend, and ran well again today. She finished second to MacDougall, back of her by 12 seconds, but ran a strong race considering the very short turn around from NCAAs.
The top six individuals born in 2000 and later will be offered spots at the World Championships.
Complete results can be found here.