Canadian Cross Country Championships: Women’s Junior Race

November 25, 2014 1

Breakdown of the Senior Women Race, click here.
Breakdown of the Senior Men’s Race, click here.
Breakdown of the Junior Women’s Race, click here.
Breakdown of the Junior Men’s Race, click here.

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One of the more exciting races that will be happening at the Canadian Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 29th in Vancouver may just be the junior women’s race. The field is full of talented returning runners. Based on birth year (95), roughly 35 of the top-50 finishers from 2013 will be returning, which bodes well for a very competitive 6K race that is scheduled to start at 11:45 AM PST.

Two of the favourites to win must be Ottawa’s Claire Smith and Victoriaville’s Jessy LaCourse. In the 2013 race they finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Now a year stronger, they also benefit as all three of the athletes that finished ahead of Smith in the 2013 edition now move up to the senior ranks. LaCourse is the 2014 Quebec junior champion.

Three runners that finished ahead of Smith in the 2014 Ontario championships (OFSAA) on November 1st,  that are listed as confirmed to race Saturday are Kingston, Ontario’s Branna MacDougall who finished first, Hannah Woodhouse who competes for Georgian Bay Secondary School, she finished second and Lucia Stafford of Toronto French School, who finished fourth.

MacDougall had a fantastic 2014 outdoor season where, as a grade 10 student, she broke the KASSAA (Kingston) 3,000m high school meet record with her winning time of 9:53.8. She attends Regiopolis – Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School.

Also in the top ten in the 2013 race, and returning this year are Regan Yee of the Bulkley Valley Athletic Club; she finished 8th and Sara Wismer of the Speed River Track and Field Club, who finished 10th. “We have three strong junior women Sarah Wismer, Rachyl MacPhail and Mackenzie Cameron,” said Speed River Track and Field Coach Chris Moulton, “Sarah made the world junior team in 2012 and was 10th last year.  Rachyl beat Sarah at the Wisconsin Invite and both girls are in very good shape. They were the 8th and 9th girls on our University of Guelph cross country team this fall.  Mackenzie was 14th last year as a 15-year-old.”

The championships include youth, junior, senior and master categories as well as a citizen’s non-championships event. Races start at 9:45 AM on Jericho Beach, first off will be the youth girls race, which will be 4K in length, followed by youth boys at 10:15. Full Schedule:

9:45am                 Youth Girls Championship            4km
10:15am               Youth Boys Championship           6km
10:45am               Masters Men’s & Women’s Championship           8km
11:45am               Junior Women’s Championship                 6km
12:25pm               Junior Men’s Championship        8km
1:05pm                 Sports Day in Canada (non-Championship)           2 / 4km
1:40pm                 Senior Women’s Championship                 8km
2:30pm                 Senior Men’s Championship       10km

Breakdown of the Senior Women Race, click here.
Breakdown of the Senior Men’s Race, click here.
Breakdown of the Junior Women’s Race, click here.
Breakdown of the Junior Men’s Race, click here.

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