‘A great day for Aca­dia’

Aca­dia women’s team third at cross coun­try cham­pi­onships

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The Dal­housie Tigers raced to first-place men’s and women’s team finishes at the 2017 Sub­way AUS Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships Oct. 28.

The cham­pi­onships were hosted by Aca­dia Univer­sity at Hen­ni­gar’s Farm in Wolfville.

The host Ax­e­women fin­ished third in the team stand­ings and Katie Robin­son was the top Ax­e­women, fin­ish­ing sixth among rac­ers. Three Ax­e­women fin­ished in the cham­pi­onship top 10, in­clud­ing Robin­son, Chrissy Smith in the eighth spot and Mada­lyn Hig­gins in 10th.

Aca­dia head coach Ralph Wil­liams was ex­cited about the event and the team re­sults.

“It was a great day for Aca­dia. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Aca­dia or­ga­niz­ers for putting on class A race. It could not have gone off any bet­ter. Pic­ture per­fect,” said Wil­liams.

“I very proud of the Aca­dia Women’s Cross Coun­try Team. They have im­proved so much and the AUS Cham­pi­onship first place is get­ting closer to re­al­ity. Great ta­lent and team spirit.”

Robin­son will now move on to race at the U SPORTS na­tional cham­pi­onship hosted in Vic­to­ria, B.C. on Nov. 11.

WOMEN’S RACE RE­SULTS

In the women’s eight-kilo­me­tre race, the Tigers claimed two in­di­vid­ual medals and four of the top nine fin­ish­ers. Fresh­man Sa­vanna Jor­dan (Cal­gary, AB) cap­tured first-place hon­ours with a time of 30:05.0.

“I ac­tu­ally thought the course was de­ceiv­ing. It felt easy in the warm up run and it felt nice but the hill was a lot tougher and it was big. It was eas­ier than the Laval course, but def­i­nitely one of the tougher AUS cour­ses,” noted Jor­dan fol­low­ing the race.

Dal­housie se­nior Michelle Reddy (Sar­nia, ON) was the women’s sil­ver medal­list, fin­ish­ing with a time of 30:56.8.

MEN’S RACE RE­SULTS

In the men’s 10-km race, the Tigers edged out the X-Men to snap their six-year win streak and claim Dal­housie’s first AUS men’s cross coun­try ti­tle since 2010.

Dal­housie fifth-year run­ner Cal DeWolfe (Bridge­wa­ter) reached the podium with a time of 32:03.95 to claim the bronze medal.

The X-Men claimed a sec­ond­place team fin­ish. An­gus Rawl­ing (Cal­gary), a third-year StFX run­ner, claimed the in­di­vid­ual gold medal, fin­ish­ing with a time of 31:43.55. Third-year run­ner Alex Neuf­fer (Strad­ford, P.E.I.) earned sil­ver for the X-Men in a time of 31:58.00.

“It was a dif­fi­cult course but a re­ally fun course too. It was chal­leng­ing but the right amount. I think this is straight up the best course in the AUS. We went to Que­bec City and that course is a lot of hills, up and down. It took a toll on my legs, but this one was nice. You re­ally worked on it,” Rawl­ing said.

“I took a lead on the down­hill and I knew I was go­ing to be alone for the next 5 km. I hit a big hill in the Val­ley and I fig­ured they are go­ing to close on my and I wont be able to hold this lead, but I guess I did. A big sur­prise.”

NICK PEARCE

The Aca­dia Ax­e­women ran to a third-place fin­ish in the Sub­way AUS Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships.

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