(HALIFAX, N.S.) The Dalhousie Tigers raced to a first-place women's team finish at the 2018 Subway AUS Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon. The StFX X-Men claimed the men's title.
The championships were hosted by Dalhousie University at Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, N.S.
WOMEN'S RACE RESULTS
In the women's 8km race, the Tigers claimed two individual medals and three of the top four finishers.
Dalhousie senior Michelle Reddy captured first-place honours with a time of 29:23.21.
Second-year Tiger Savanna Jordan (Calgary, Alta.) was the women's silver medallist, finishing with a time of 29:56.81.
Katie Robinson (Saint John, N.B.), a senior runner with the Acadia Axewomen, captured bronze with a time of 30:14.69.
Dalhousie's Sophia Watts finished fourth with a time of 30:36.83.
This marks Dalhousie's 25th AUS women's cross country banner win and their sixth consecutive year claiming the title. They finished with 37 team points.
The StFX X-Women earned a second-place team finish with four runners in the top 10. Hana Marmura (Antigonish, N.S.) finished sixth with a time of 30:51.85, Zoe Johnston (Pembroke, Ont.) came in eighth with a time of 31:08.10, Rachel MacDougall (Antigonish, N.S.) claimed ninth finishing in 31:13.43, and Jane Hergett (Port Williams, N.S.) rounded out the top 10, posting a time of 31:13.45.
The X-Women finished with a team score of 45.
The Acadia Axewomen claimed team bronze, with a team score of 74. They had two top 10 finishers—bronze medallist Robinson, and Madalyn Higgins (Halifax, N.S.) who finished seventh with a time of 31:03.37.
Moncton's Carol-Ann MacDonald (Irishtown, N.B.) finished in fifth place with a time of 30:43.43.
Moncton earned a fourth-place team finish with 144 points, closely followed by UNB in fifth with 146 points, Saint Mary's in sixth with 152, UPEI in seventh with 159 and St. Thomas in eighth with 231.
AUS MAJOR AWARD WINNERS AND ALL-STARS
Following the races, participants attended an awards luncheon at the Four Points by Sheraton in Halifax. AUS all-star awards were presented to the top seven finishers in each race, and individual medals, team medals and the AUS championship banners and trophies were handed out.
AUS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The AUS athletes of the year were awarded to the individual AUS champions, Michelle Reddy (Sarnia, Ont.) from Dalhousie and Angus Rawling (Calgary, Alta.) from the StFX X-Men.
AUS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The winners of the AUS rookie of the year awards were Bhreagh Burke of the Saint Mary's Huskies who finished in 11th place with a time of 31:21.17 and Bryn Smith (Hampshire, United Kingdom) of the Dalhousie Tigers who finished eighth in 33:17.29.
AUS STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS
UPEI's Emma Moore (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) and Dalhousie's Angus MacIntosh (Riverview, N.B.) were honoured as the AUS Student-Athlete Community Service award winners.
Moore, a fourth-year biology student, finished 23rd in today's championship with a time of 32:58.10.
Accomplished in the classroom, she is a three-time U SPORTS academic all-Canadian, on pace to repeat this accomplishment for a fourth time this year.
Her 4.3 GPA has earned her a spot on the Dean's list in each of her years of study. She is a two-time recipient of an undergraduate research grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). She is also a McCains group scholarship winner and a recipient of the UPEI Leaders of Tomorrow scholarship.
Moore was also recently awarded a Crohn's and Colitis Canada Scholarship—one of 10 awarded nationwide.
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease herself, Moore has become an advocate for others living with the condition. She is involved with the Go Here campaign in Charlottetown, soliciting local businesses to advertise a "Go Here" sticker on their windows, to indicate to Crohn's sufferers that their washroom is available if needed.
Moore also volunteers her time in the physical therapy department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and serves as a Go Girls mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Dalhousie's MacIntosh is a fifth-year engineering student from Riverview, N.B. He finished in 13th place in today's championship race with a time of 33:29.40.
MacIntosh is a four-time U SPORTS academic all-Canadian boasting a 4.18 GPA, on pace to repeat this accomplishment for a fifth time this season.
He is heavily involved in the community, volunteering his time with a number of initiatives. He is a volunteer coach with HaliFAST and the Halifax Junior Road Hammers.
MacIntosh volunteers for Dalhousie's Special Tigers program, the Light the Night walk and the ALS Awareness Campaign. He also serves as VP Varsity Relations for the Dalhousie Varsity Council, VP Logistics of the Dalhousie Industrial Engineering Society and co-chair of Dalhousie's delegation for the Institute of Industrial and System Engineers.
AUS COACH OF THE YEAR
Dalhousie's Rich Lehman was named AUS women's cross country coach of the year. This is his sixth consecutive time winning the award.
Today's win mark Dalhousie's sixth consecutive AUS women's cross country banner (25th all-time).
In his first season at the helm of the X-Men program, Eric Gillis has been named the AUS men's cross country coach of the year.
StFX last won the men's banner in 2016. This is their 10th AUS title in school history.
The U SPORTS national championship meet will take place Saturday, Nov. 10 at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.
Subway AUS Cross Country Championship Results:
2018 AUS CROSS COUNTRY ALL-STARS:
Michelle Reddy, Dalhousie (5th year – Sarnia, Ont.)
Savanna Jordan, Dalhousie (2nd year – Calgary, Alta.)
Katie Robinson, Acadia (5th year – Saint John, N.B.)
Sophia Watts, Dalhousie (5th year – Halifax, N.S.)
Carol-Ann MacDonald, Moncton (3rd year – Irishtown, N.B.)
Hana Marmura, StFX (4th year – Antigonish, N.S.)
Madalyn Higgins, Acadia (3rd year – Halifax, N.S.)
Angus Rawling, StFX (4th year – Calgary, Alta.)
Andrew Peverill, Saint Mary's (2nd year – Lower Sackville, N.S.)
Alex Neuffer, StFX (5th year – Stratford, P.E.I.)
Paul MacLellan, StFX (4th year – Antigonish, N.S.)
Michael Colford, UNB (3rd year – New Maryland, N.B.)
James Cromack, Dalhousie (2nd year – Caledon, Ont.)
Isaac Cull, UNB (2nd year – Pubnico, N.S.)
2018 AUS CROSS COUNTRY MAJOR AWARD WINNERS:
AUS Female Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Emma Moore, UPEI
AUS Male Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Angus MacIntosh, Dalhousie
AUS Female Rookie of the Year: Bhreagh Burke, Saint Mary's
AUS Male Rookie of the Year: Bryn Smith, Dalhousie
AUS Female Coach of the Year: Rich Lehman, Dalhousie
AUS Male Coach of the Year: Eric Gillis, StFX
AUS Female Athlete of the Year: Michelle Reddy, Dalhousie
AUS Male Athlete of the Year: Angus Rawling, StFX