Twice is nice: Wodak, Proudfoot claim second career Canadian cross-country titles

Natasha Wodak and Ross Proudfoot capped off the 2015 season with individual titles at the Canadian cross-country championships on Saturday.

The Canadian cross-country championships were held at historic Fort Henry in Kingston, Ont., on Saturday. Natasha Wodak and Ross Proudfoot took the victory in the senior races, Wodak winning for the second time in three years while Proudfoot raced the event for the first time since 2010, the year when he won the junior title.

Full event results

The junior boy’s pack going through the hairpin #acxc A video posted by canadianrunning (@canadianrunning) on

Senior women’s 8K

Wodak reclaimed the senior women’s title closing down a 15-metre gap in the final kilometre to overtake Rachel Hannah, as the 2014 champion settled for second. Rachel Cliff, a Vancouver native, finished third rounding out the podium spots.

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Wodak raced off just two days rest as the 10,000m Canadian record holder finished second at the Manchester Road Race (7.641 kilometres) in Connecticut on Thursday.

The hometown team, Physi-Kult Kingston, won the women’s team championship with 31 points.

Homestretch. Looks painful. #ACXC

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Hannah & Wodak
Hannah’s lead over Wodak with less than 500 metres to go.

Senior men’s 10K

Ross Proudfoot
Proudfoot and Alex Genest with the one, two-punch for Speed River.

The senior men’s field was loaded on Saturday with the likes of Canadian marathoner Reid Coolsaet in the field. Speed River Track Club out of Guelph, Ont., went one, two as Proudfoot took the victory in 30:06.9 over teammate Alex Genest.

Charles “Chuck” Philibert-Thiboutot finished third overall with the 2013 champion Luc Bruchet settling for fourth. Speed River took the men’s team championship with a cool 27 points earning the team a $2,000 payday bonus, courtesy of Run Ottawa.

Cover photo: Athletics Canada