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College of British Columbia soars to double gold at 2023 U Sports activities XC Championships

College of British Columbia soars to double gold at 2023 U Sports activities XC Championships

Sunday was a day to recollect for the College of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds on the 2023 U Sports activities XC Championship in London, Ont. The Thunderbirds gained each the lads’s and girls’s staff titles for the primary time in class historical past.

Sunday’s win got here from a number of years of development for his or her cross-country program. Final 12 months, the ladies completed as runners-up to Laval, and the lads had been simply off the rostrum in fourth, awaiting a breakthrough.

Girls’s 8K

Whether or not the UBC girls would win the ladies’s XC title in 2023 was by no means in query, as they had been the top-ranked staff within the nation all season. The ladies’s 8K acquired off to a slower begin, however UBC, Western Mustangs and the StFX X-Girls established themselves on the entrance on the finish of the primary of two laps. With round two kilometres to go, Canada West champion UBC’s Katie Newlove placed on a surge and by no means seemed again, successful the 8K race in 29:06, 12 seconds forward of Laval’s Catherine Beauchemin (29:18). Erika Jordan got here in for bronze in 29:24 to place the host Western Mustangs on the rostrum.

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The ladies’s podium on the 2023 U Sports activities XC Championships: Catherine Beauchemin, Katie Newlove and Erika Jordan. Picture: Marley Dickinson

UBC positioned 5 girls within the high 15 to win their first girls’s U Sports activities XC title in class historical past, led by Newlove. “It’s tremendous empowering to be surrounded by and prepare with so many nice girls,” says 2023 champion Newlove. “We’ve been making an attempt to attain this for the previous two years. To make college historical past and have all of it come collectively at the moment may be very thrilling.”

That is additionally the second consecutive 12 months a UBC athlete has gained the ladies’s particular person title. Former Thunderbird Glynis Sim gained the race in 2022.

Girls’s outcomes

1. UBC Thunderbirds (CanWest) 38
2. Western Mustangs (OUA) 71
3. St Francis Xavier X Girls (AUS) 95
4. Guelph Gryphons (OUA) 161
5. McMaster Marauders (OUA) 175

Particular person 
1. Katie Newlove (UBC Thunderbirds) 29:06
2. Catherine Beauchemin (Laval Rouge et Or) 29:18
3. Erika Jordan (Western Mustangs) 29:24
4. Jennifer Erickson (UBC Thunderbirds) 29:27
5. Kaitlyn Harrison (Saskatchewan Huskies) 29:28

Males’s 8K

The climate was an unseasonably heat 12 C initially of the lads’s 8K, with no clear-cut favorite to win the lads’s staff title. Laval Rouge et Or and UBC Thunderbirds held high positions in our U Sports activities rankings all through the season, however uncertainties lingered about their efficiency towards stronger competitors. The boys set a quick tempo from the start, with UBC’s Andrew Davies utilizing his 5,000m monitor pace to steer out a small pack. Davies and Laval’s Philippe Morneau-Cartier had been the 2 leaders on the finish of the primary lap. Within the ultimate two kilometres, Morneau-Cartier pulled forward of Davies, upgrading his 2022 silver particular person medal to gold and successful the lads’s 8K in 24:17.

This marked Morneau Cartier’s fourth win of the season in 4 races. His Laval teammate and coaching companion, Jean-Simon Desgagnés, handed Davies within the ultimate kilometre to safe silver in 24:20, in his ultimate U Sports activities race. Davies held on for bronze in 24:24, ending as UBC’s high male runner.

Initially, it appeared Laval would win their second males’s XC title within the final three years, however a late surge from the UBC males positioned three of their runners within the high 10, securing their first males’s U Sports activities XC title since 1993, edging out Laval by eight factors.

UBC’s high finisher, Davies, who gained with McMaster final 12 months, referred to as the staff win anticipated. “I knew if we might put every little thing collectively on the large day, we might pull it off,” stated Davies. “This was the ultimate U Sports activities XC race for 3 of our high 5 scorers. I’m tremendous pleased with this staff.”

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2023 U Sports activities XC males’s silver medallists Laval Rouge et Or. Picture: Marley Dickinson

Males’s outcomes

1. UBC Thunderbirds (CanWest) 52
2. Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQ) 60
3. Queen’s Gaels (OUA) 90
4. Guelph Gryphons (OUA) 97
5. Victoria Vikes (CanWest) 177

Particular person 
1. Philippe Morneau-Cartier (Laval Rouge et Or) 24:17
2. Jean-Simon Desgagnés (Laval Rouge et Or) 24:20
3. Andrew Davies (UBC Thunderbirds) 24:24
4. Jacob Benoit (Dalhousie Tigers) 24:42
5. John Perrier (UBC Thunderbirds) 24:44

For full outcomes from the 2023 U Sports activities XC Championships, head right here


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