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Pandas place 8th; Bears 12th at U SPORTS Championship

Pandas earn Canada West bronze, while Bears place 5th in CW

By Canada West Communications on November 12, 2017

VICTORIA – The 2017 Canadian university cross country season came to a close Sunday in Victoria, as the U SPORTS national championships were staged at Beacon Hill Park.

The event, which doubles as the Canada West conference championship, returned to Western Canada for the first time in a decade, as the University of Victoria welcomed the nation’s top university runners for the men’s 10 km race and the women’s 8 km race.
 
Topping the national team standings on the men’s side were the Guelph Gryphons with 57 points, while the Toronto Varsity Blues captured the women’s national title with 73 points.

Guelph’s victory marked the first for the men’s program since 2014, while Toronto’s win on the women’s side snapped a 12-year run by Guelph as national champs.

The University of Alberta Pandas earned their second-straight Canada West silver medal, placing 5th overall in U SPORTS. The Bears, meanwhile, finished 12th in U SPORTS and 5th in Canada West. 

U SPORTS RESULTS - Men's individual
U SPORTS RESULTS - Women's individual

In terms of Canada West content, the host Victoria Vikes are the 2017 women’s conference champions. Led by Alison Hooper, who finished fourth in CW with a time of 29:02.18, the Vikes earned their first CW title since 2012 and finished fourth nationally. 

On the men’s side, it was the Calgary Dinos coming out on top, with Russell Pennock playing a major role for his team, as the third-year runner posted a time of 31:36.35 – tops in CW, and fourth nationally. The win is Calgary’s first conference title since 2008, as the Dinos finished second overall in the U SPORTS team standings. 

U SPORTS TEAM RESULTS
CW TEAM RESULTS 

CANADA WEST WOMEN’S AWARD WINNERS

STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE - Danae Keddie

Alberta Pandas
Whitecourt, Alta.
2nd-year
Science

The 2017 Canada West Women’s Cross Country Student-Athlete Community Service award winner is Danae Keddie. The Whitecourt, Alta. native has been volunteering weekly at the University of Alberta Stollery Childrens Hospital within the Technology Program – where the goal is to help maintain technology devices such as laptops, tablets, gaming systems, and teaching devices used by patients. 

Keddie is also involved with the McKernan Elementary School Study-Buddy program – where she works weekly with Grade 6 students in the French immersion language program – spending one-on-one time with students who require extra help to read, write, and conjugate in French.

The second-year runner finished fifth at Alberta’s Stewart Cup race earlier this fall, and capped off her season with a 74th-place finish at the U SPORTS national championship.


ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Regan Yee

Trinity Western Spartans
South Hazelton, B.C.
5th-year
Time: 27:54.95


ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Jouen Chang      

Trinity Western Spartans
South Hazelton, B.C.
5th-year
Time: 30:58.42


COACH OF THE YEAR - Brent Fougner
Victoria Vikes

CANADA WEST WOMEN’S ALL-STARS



First Team All-Stars Women:

NAME / SCHOOL / YEAR / TIME

Regan Yee / Trinity Western University / 5 / 27:54.95
Melissa Jones / University of Calgary / 3 / 28:24.69
Courtney Hufsmith / University of Saskatchewan / 2 / 28:52.88
Alison Hooper / University of Victoria / 3 / 29:02.18
Paula Findlay / University of Alberta / 3 / 29:07.85
Chloe Hegland / University of Victoria / 4 / 29:14.37
Emma Edmonds / University of Victoria / 2 / 30:13.27


Second Team All-Stars Women:

NAME / SCHOOL / YEAR / TIME

Chloe Hewitt / University of Victoria / 2 / 30:18.38
Hannah Leggatt / MacEwan University / 3 / 30:19.33
Jouen Chang / Trinity Western University / 1 / 30:25.68
Emma Bibault / University of Victoria / 4 / 30:27.96
Mikaela Smart / Trinity Western University / 3 / 30:30.06
Anushree Patel / University of Alberta / 3 / 30:32.10
Joanna Williams / Trinity Western University / 3 / 30:41.91

CANADA WEST MEN’S AWARD WINNERS

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Russell Pennock


Calgary Dinos
Calgary, Alta.
3rd-year
Kinesiology
Time: 31:36.35


ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Brandon Vail         
   

Victoria Vikes
Edmonton, Alta.
Engineering
Time: 32:01.79

COACH OF THE YEAR - Doug Lamont

Calgary Dinos




STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE - Adam Strueby

Regina Cougars
Regina, Sask.
5th-year
Kinesiology and Health Studies


CANADA WEST MEN’S ALL-STARS

First Team All-Stars Men:

NAME / SCHOOL / YEAR / TIME


Russell Pennock / University of Calgary / 3 / 31:36.35
Alexander James / University of Calgary / 3 / 31:37.41
Declan White / Trinity Western University / 5 / 31:50.24
Stefan Daniel / University of Calgary / 2 / 31:51.67
Brandon Vail / University of Victoria / 1 / 32:01.79
Adam Strueby / University of Regina / 5 / 32:03.42
Caleb De Jong / Trinity Western University / 4 / 32:03.71


Second Team All-Stars Men:

NAME / SCHOOL / YEAR / TIME


Benjamin Weir / University of Victoria / 4 / 32:05.51
Eric Lutz / University of Calgary / 1 / 32:05.55
Ryan Grieco / University of Calgary / 4 / 32:10.61
Joshua Kozelj / University of Victoria / 2 / 32:18.07
Alexander Eiswerth / University of Regina / 3 / 32:22.25
Kieran McDonald / University of Alberta / 5 / 32:23.02
Marc Turmel / University of Regina / 4 / 32:25.49