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Canadian team ready to compete at 2017 Pan Am Cross Country Cup

A group of Canada’s best cross country runners will travel to Boca Raton, Florida and compete this Saturday, March 4 at the 2017 Pan Am Cross Country Cup. Team members qualified based on their finish at the 2016 Canadian Cross Country Championships.

Last year at this event the women’s under-20 won the team title thanks to a 1-2 finish from Branna MacDougall and Madelaine Ghazarian. Canada’s other podium finish was a runner-up placing from Sasha Gollish in the women’s senior race.

The race in Florida will be serve as an opportunity to compete in the build up to the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. The top cross country runners in the world will toe the line in Kampala, Uganda on March 26, 2017.

Junior Women

Name, Hometown, Personal Coach
Hannah Bennison, Vernon, BC, Malinda Elmore                      
Catherine Beauchemin, Québec, QC, Sylvain Cloutier
Hanna Johnston, Thunder Bay, ON, Kip Sigsworth
Martha MacDonald, Toronto, ON, Taras Radchenko
Brogan MacDougall, Kingston, ON, Steve Boyd
Shona McCulloch, Nepean, ON, Kirk Dillabaugh

Junior Men

Andrew Alexander, Toronto, ON, Taras Radchenko      
Graham Baird, Pickering, ON, Edward LaRocque
Jean-Simon Desgagnés, Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC, Félix-Antoine Lapointe
Kieran Lumb, Vancouver, BC, Chris Johnson
Mitchell Ubene, Tecumseh, ON, Dave Scott-Thomas

Senior Women

Lisa Brooking, Orillia, ON, Mark Bomba
Victoria Coates, Hamilton, ON, Patrick MacKinnon
Sasha Gollish, Toronto, ON, Ross Ristuccia
Rachel Hannah, Barrie, ON, Dave Korell
Kathryn Harrison, Toronto, ON, Sean Cleary
Claire Sumner, Calgary, AB, Steve Boyd

Senior Men

Evan Esselink, Guelph, ON, Dave Scott-Thomas
Nicholas Falk, Windsor, ON, Gary Malloy                
Trevor Hofbauer, Burnaby, BC, Dave Scott-Thomas
Sami Jibril, Toronto, ON, Hugh Cameron
Rory Linkletter, Calgary, AB, Ed Eyestone
Thomas Toth, Lakefield, ON, Zach Johnson

Support Staff

NamePosition, Hometown                
Ingrid Ruys, Team Manager, Sherwood Park, AB
John Lofranco, Team Head Coach, Montreal, QC
Bruce Deacon, Team Coach, Victoria, BC
Devon Truscott, Massage Therapist, Guelph, ON
Mark Gottfried, Physiotherapist, Victoria, BC

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