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Proudfoot repeats; Gollish wins first senior title at Canadian Cross Country Championships

Ross Proudfoot of Sudbury, Ont., and Sasha Gollish of Toronto proved to be the best senior cross country runners in all of Canada at the 2016 Canadian Cross Country Championships. With no wind and temperatures in the low single digits, a muddy circuit made for a terrific day of racing at Kingston’s Fort Henry.

In the senior women's race, a pack consisting of Gollish, Rachel Cliff of Vancouver, Rachel Hannah of Toronto, Claire Sumner of Calgary, Kate Harrison of Toronto and Victoria Coates of Newmarket, Ont., separated themselves from the field going into the second half of the race. Over the final loop Gollish proved to be the strongest by pulling away and claiming her first senior women’s national cross country title. Cliff earned silver and this year’s USport champion, Claire Sumner, rounded out the podium in third. Kingston based Physi-Kult made their hometown proud by repeating as the senior women's club team champion, earning the Run Ottawa 2,000$ in prize money.

Ross Proudfoot proved again to be the class of the field in the men’s senior championship race. The 2015 champion was content to bide his time while Luc Bruchet of Vancouver and Matt Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., took turns with the lead over the 10-kilometres race. Proudfoot’s strong close over the final kilometre helped earn him a second consecutive senior title. Club Athlétisme Université Laval claimed the men’s senior team title and the Run Ottawa 2,000$ prize purse.

Hannah Bennison of Kelowna, B.C., who ran away with the 2015 title, had company for the majority of this year’s U20 women’s 6-kilometres race. Last year’s U18 winner, Brogan MacDougall of Kingston, Ont., challenged the B.C. native during the first two laps of the Fort Henry course. Only during the closing stages was Bennison able to pull away from MacDougall and retain her U20 title. A repeat was also in the cards in the U20 men’s race. Ehab El-Sandali of Toronto was the fastest over the final 2-kilometres to repeat his title from 2015. Speed River Track & Field Club won the women's and Windsor Legion Track & Field Club won the men’s U20 club competitions.

Tyler Dozzi of Terrace, B.C., and Savanna Jordan of Calgary earned Canadian Cross Country titles in the U18 division. Central Toronto Athletic Club won the women's and Durham Dragons Athletics won the men’s U18 club competition.

Jeremiah Ziak (Vancouver, B.C.) and Genevieve Shurtleff (Drummondville, Que.) were the top runners in the master's division.

The Canadian Cross Country Championships return to Kingston, Ont. in 2017 (November 25) and 2018 (date to be determined).

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