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Photos from the 2017 Western Cross-Country Invitational

A small gallery of photographs from around Thames Valley Golf Course in London, Ont. at the Western Cross-Country Invitational

Western Cross-Country Invitational

Cross-country is back. (And so is the summer heat in southern Ontario.)

The Western Cross-Country Invitational, now known as the Bill Salter Western International, took place in London, Ont. on Saturday. In 25-30 C conditions, it was the second major weekend of action in Canadian university (U Sports) cross-country with several of the top Ontario teams present at Thames Valley Golf Course.

Queen’s University’s Branna MacDougall and Western University’s Ben Carson won the 6K and 8K, respectively, in 20:45, a course record, and 25:00. Check out a short gallery of photos from the southern Ontario race, which featured mostly university runners though some local graduated runners competed as well.

Champion Ben Carson

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.
Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.
Ben Carson
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Fourth-place Taylor Forbes

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Runner-up Eric Wynands

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Early lead pack (Sergio Ráez Villanueva, Phil Parrot-Migas, Forbes, Jeff Tweedle and Carson)

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

It’s a golf course, but it’s hilly

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Early lead pack

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Champion Branna MacDougall

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.
Branna MacDougall
Photo: Tim Huebsch.
Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.
Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Third-place Stefanie Smith

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.
Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Second-place Kristina Popadich

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.
Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Fifth-place Madeleine Kelly

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Fourth-place Amy Stephenson

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Laurier warming up

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Western warming up

Western Cross-Country Invitational
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Canadian Running‘s Western Cross-Country Invitational coverage

Results
Post-race interview with women’s 6K champion Branna MacDougall
Post-race interview with men’s 8K champion Ben Carson
Photos
Race finishes (video)