In far from ideal conditions, several junior, senior and master level athletes competed in the 2011 edition of the Canadian National Cross Country Championships held at Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver, BC on Saturday, November 26th.
According to a statement made by Athletics Canada, Vancouver, BC will play host to these championships until 2014 and competitions will be jointly hosted by Ocean Athletics Club and the Hershey Harriers Athletic Club.
Conditions: 6-7 degrees Celcius, 17-30 km/hr winds from the east, light rain, and extremely muddy footing.
Runners described the course as “crazy muddy”, “so slippery you felt like you were running on an ice rink”, and one runner said, “You didn’t know if your foot was going to land on solid ground or sink down into a foot of mud!”
Course: depending on the race distance, the course was comprised of 1k and 2k loops. See Course Map.
Stay tuned for interviews with Cam Levins, Kendra Schaaf, Megan Brown, and Barry Britt.
Senior Women’s Race
On the women’s side, University of North Carolina Senior Kendra Schaaf took the win running 25:00 flat while representing Queen City Striders Track. On the Monday prior to Saturday’s championship Schaaf finished 15th at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, ID–fast enough to earn All-American status again. Justine Johnson of the University of Washington, ran unattached on Saturday finishing fourth after her 65th place finish at the NCAA Championships on Monday.
Nestled between these collegiate studs were two veteran runners that haven’t been strangers to the Canadian racing scene this past summer or fall. Megan Brown of Athletics Toronto and Dayna Pidhoresky of Tecumseh, ON finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Pidhoresky stopped over in Vancouver on her way home from representing Canada at the Chiba-Ekiden Relay in Japan.
The senior women’s team title went to Prairie Inn Harriers Racing.
Senior Men’s Race
Cam Levins of the Comox Valley Cougars took the Gold in the men’s race following his 4th place finish at the NCAA championships on Monday where he represented Southern Utah. Levins who ran 29:04 for 10k on Monday, ran 32:04 on Saturday—a true indication of the course’s severe conditions.
Toronto Olympic Club finished first in the team standings.
Note: Ryan Cassidy, 18, of UVIC won the Junior Men’s 8k in 26:20, and Ellen Pennock, 18, of the University of Calgary Athletics Club won the Junior Women’s 5k in 18:34.
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About the Author: Chantelle Wilder is the Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Runners Feed. She also competes for the New Balance Silicon Valley Club in the Bay Area of California. When she isn’t running, or editing she can be found enjoying the fruitful wines of nearby Napa Valley while challenging her husband to a game of Bananagrams®.