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Glynis Sim of UBC wins women’s U Sports XC title in her first race of the season

After being sidelined all year due to injury, Glynis Sim of the UBC Thunderbirds returned to win the women's championship

glynis sim ubc Photo by: UBC Thunderbirds

In her first race of the season, Glynis Sim of the UBC Thunderbirds won the 2022 U Sports XC title on Saturday in Halifax, beating pre-race favourite Jessy Lacourse from Laval Rouge et Or, who won her previous seven races before heading into the championship.

Sim, 24, who finished 21st at U Sports in 2021, spent the last two months sidelined with an injury and was on no one’s radar to return in this form. Sim cruised along in the lead pack of 12 runners until the 6 km mark, then went with Lacourse when she made her final push. The two runners fought it out in the last kilometre, but Sim, a middle-distance specialist, came out on top to win the 8K race in 28:19.

Lacourse found herself on the U Sports XC podium again, winning silver in 28:31 and helping her Rouge et Or squad win their second straight women’s team title, with 49 points. The Canada West conference champion, Kiana Gibson, finished third in 28:54.

UBC’s Kiana Gibson and Jessy Lacourse of Laval Rouge et Or. Photo: Stephen Andersen

The team championship came down to the closest of margins, with Laval edging out the UBC by only one point. UBC landed on the U Sports podium for silver with 50 points after a fourth-place finish in 2021. The Guelph Gryphons, led by Sadie-Jane Hickson’s fourth-overall performance, finished in the bronze medal spot with 93 points.

You can view the full results from the 2022 U Sports XC Championships here.