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Gollish, MacDougall and Lumb lead Canada to success at 2017 NACAC Cross Country Championships

A trio of Canadians won NACAC Cross Country individual titles and all four teams reached the podium on a sunny, blustery day in Boca Raton, Florida.

Canada went 1-2 in the first event of the day, the U20 women’s 5-kilometres race. Brogan MacDougall of Kingston, Ont., and Hannah Bennison of Vernon, B.C., dominated leading from the gun. Also finishing in the top 10 were: 4th place Hanna Johnston of Thunder Bay, Ont., 5th place Martha MacDonald of Toronto, 6th place Catherine Beauchemin of Québec, and 9th place Shona McCulloch of Nepean, Ont. The U20 women’s team scored 12 points to outdistance the runner-up’s from the USA who scored 36 points.

Initially crossing the line in second place, Kieran Lumb of Vancouver was promoted to a tie for the win in the U20 men’s race. Lumb was misdirected off course by a race official and was later reinstated to a tie for first place after a protest. The U20 men’s team finished in the bronze medal position with Jean-Simon Desgagnés of Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que., also finishing in the top ten for Canada (9th).

Sasha Gollish of Toronto broke free over the closing kilometres to secure the individual NACAC senior women’s title. Claire Sumner of Calgary and Victoria Coates of Hamilton, Ont., finished in 4th and 6th place respectively. The team competition was a tight one between Canada and the USA. Both teams scored 18 points but thanks to Canada’s fourth runner, Lisa Brooking of Orillia, Ont., finishing ahead of the USA’s fourth place runner, Canada was awarded the senior women’s NACAC Cross Country title.

In the men’s senior race, Sami Jibril of Toronto led the way with a solid 6th place individual finish. Rory Linkletter of Calgary, Trevor Hofbauer of Burnaby, B.C., Nicholas Falk of Windsor, Ont., and Evan Esselink of Guelph, Ont., followed each other across the line in order to finish 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th securing a runner-up team finish.

U20 Women’s 5km

Brogan MacDougall                1st       16:39.28         
Hannah Bennison                   2nd      16:44.14
Hanna Johnston                     4th       17:09.82
Martha MacDonald                 5th       17:10:80
Catherine Beauchemin           6th       17:11.54
Shona McCulloch                    9th       17:40.09

U20 Men’s 6.5km

Kieran Lumb                            T-1st   19:19.42
Jean-Simon Desgagnés         9th       19:32.29
Graham Baird                         14th     19:46.15
Andrew Alexander                  17th     20:00.62
Mitchell Ubene                        18th     20:08.24

Senior Women’s 8km

Sasha Gollish                          1st       26:48.89
Claire Sumner                         4th       27:07.62
Victoria Coates                       6th       27:18.86
Lisa Brooking                          7th       27:30.21
Rachel Hannah                       16th     30:08.56

Senior Men’s 8km

Sami Jibril                                6th       22:59.78
Rory Linkletter                        8th       23:32.49
Trevor Hofbauer                     9th       23:33.08
Nicholas Falk                          10th     23:48.88
Evan Esselink                         11th     23:55.81
Thomas Toth                          13th     24:16.41

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