Ceili McCabe of Vancouver, B.C., has continued her cross-country winning streak to three at the NCAA Big 12 Conference Championship in Stillwater, Okla. She was the first runner to cross the line to secure the individual victory for the West Virginia Mountaineers.
The 6 km championship race came down to less than a second, as West Virginia’s McCabe edged out Iowa State’s Cailie Logue (20:45.0) with a time of 20:44.2 to claim her first conference cross country title. She was in a chase pack behind Logue with around 500m to go and delivered a kick in the final stretch to claim victory. McCabe’s middle-distance strength as a double B.C. provincial champion in the steeplechase and 800m played a role, as she denied Logue her fourth straight title at this championship.
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McCabe adds this win to her resume, which includes the Canadian U23 3,000m steeplechase record, which she ran last spring in 9:32.01. She will be a runner to watch on Nov. 20 as she competes for the NCAA women’s XC championship.
In the men’s 8 km race at the Big 12 championship, fellow Canadian steeplechaser Ryan Smeeton finished fourth overall in 24:17. His team, the Oklahoma State Cowboys, knocked off the favourites, Iowa State, to win the team championship, earning a spot at the NCAA championship in November.