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Weekend recap: Vancouver’s Ceili McCabe wins the Nuttycombe Invitational

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A Canadian was crowned as the champion at one of the biggest NCAA meets of the season, Wisconsin’s Nuttycombe Invitational. Ceili McCabe, who is from Vancouver, won the women’s 6K championship race in 19:57. The last Canadian to win this race was Justyn Knight, who won the men’s 8K while he was at Syracuse in 2016 and 2017. 


McCabe is a third-year student running on the cross-country team at West Virginia University. On Friday, she closed out the regular season, winning her second straight race at Nuttycombe. McCabe has been running under the radar this year, but going into the Big 12 Championships, she is one of the favourites to win.

NCAA champ Justyn Knight’s 5-minute core blast

Ehab El-Sandali, who runs for Iona University in N.Y, was the top Canadian man in the men’s 8K, finishing 36th in 23:54.


U Sports cross-country: updated men’s power rankings

U Sports XC recap: Laval cleans up at AUS/RSEQ Interlock

The University of Laval competed against the best teams in the AUS conference over the weekend at the AUS/RSEQ Interlock meet in New Brunswick. The Rouge-et-Or men’s team had eight runners finish inside the top 10 to soar to a team victory. The big three of Thomas Fafard, Jean-Simon Desgagnés and Jonathan Tedeschi finished one-two-three within six seconds of each other. St Mary’s University runner, Andrew Peverill, who won every AUS meet previously this season, finished fourth.

Photo: Canadian Running

U Sports cross-country: updated women’s power rankings

Laval’s Jessy Lacourse continued her winning streak in the women’s 8K, which went down to the wire against St. Francis Xavier phenom Siona Chisholm. Lacourse put a move on Chisholm over the last few kilometres, coming across the line in 28:06. Chisholm was second 10 seconds behind Larocuse in 28:16. Catherine Beauchemin of Laval was third in 28:53. The number one ranked Laval women’s team had five runners finish inside the top six to win the meet over top 10 ranked StFX X-women.