Weekend recap: Laval and UBC shine at U Sports activities convention championships

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Over the weekend, the 4 Canadian U Sports activities conferences hosted their championships, which decided who will likely be heading to the 2022 U Sports activities XC championship in Halifax, N.S. on Nov. 12. Laval gained the boys’s and girls’s RSEQ title for the second consecutive yr, whereas UBC swept the Canada West convention.

Canada West XC Championships – Abbotsford, B.C.

UBC’s Tyler Dozzi upgraded his 2021 silver to gold, profitable the boys’s Canada West XC title with a time of 23:55, Dozzi led the T-birds to their second straight males’s convention title as 5 Thunderbirds completed within the prime 10. 2022 Canadian marathon champion Trevor Hofbauer was the favorite heading into the race for UBC Okanagan, however a shoe malfunction value him a while, finally ending sixth in 24:12.

Within the girls’s race, UBC gained their fourth consecutive banner as Kiana Gibson gained the 8K by a 24-second margin. In 2021, Gibson additionally gained the OUA championship with the Guelph Gryphons. Joanna Brown of UBC Okanagan completed second in 27:32, whereas Gibson’s teammate Holly MacGillivray joined her on the rostrum for third in 27:37.6.

RSEQ XC Championships – Rawdon, Que.

Regardless of lacking two of their prime skills, head coach, Félix-Antoine Lapointeled the gifted Laval males’s and girls’s groups to their second consecutive titles. Laval’s Philippe Morneau-Cartier duelled Matthew Beaudet of McGill over the ultimate few kilometres however took the win in 24:31. Morneau-Cartier has gained three of his 4 races and will likely be one of many contenders for the person title in Halifax.

The defending U Sports activities champion, Jessy Lacourse, gained her seventh straight race and her second straight RSEQ convention title, profitable the 8K race in 28:37.8. Laval took the primary 4 spots with Catherine BeaucheminFlorence Caron and Sara-Pier Paquet, all ending behind Lacourse, serving to Laval earn their sixth group title in eight years.

AUS XC Championships – Charlottetown, P.E.I.

For the third yr in a row, it was Andrew Peverill of Saint Mary’s College who gained the AUS particular person title. Peverill patiently picked away at Jared Howse of UNB Reds till one mile to go, when made his transfer to take the win in 24:37. The Dalhousie Tigers males’s group had 5 runners inside the highest 12 to get again on prime of the AUS podium. The Dalhousie Tigers will likely be internet hosting the highest groups from throughout Canada for U Sports activities XC on Nov. 12.

There was an upset within the girls’s race, as Allie Sandluck of St. Francis Xavier bested her teammate Eileen Benoit and Ivy Bialowas of UNB to win her first convention title. Sandluck gained the 8K race in 30:17, whereas her teammate Benoit completed fourth to assist the X-Girls earn back-to-back titles.

OUA XC Championships – London, Ont.

The highest group within the nation, McMaster Marauders, swept the rostrum on Saturday afternoon to win OUA gold. Max Turek continued his profitable methods beating his teammates Andrew Davies and Alex Drover to win the person title in 24:36. The McMaster males’s group will probably be the favourites to win heading into U Sports activities.

McMaster’s Max Turek, Alex Drover and Andrew Davies went 1-2-3 on the 2022 OUA XC Championships. Picture: Zachary Sikka

Within the girls’s race, it was Sadie-Jane Hickson of the Guelph Gryphons who gained the 8K race in 29:26. Hickson obtained her redemption after lacking out on the rostrum in 2021. Her teammate Nina Whitford completed in second, solely six seconds again of Hickson, serving to Guelph earn back-to-back OUA titles.

In two weeks, the highest groups throughout Canada will converge at The Hyperlinks at Brunello Golf Course in Halifax, N.S., for the 2022 U Sports activities XC Championships. Try our latest males’s and girls’s energy rankings for all of your U Sports activities info.


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