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Two athletes from Vancouver, British Columbia won the 2023 Canadian Cross Country Championships in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday. Kieran Lumb and Ceili McCabe won their first senior national cross-country titles on the course in Mooney’s Bay.

Women’s race

Eight of the top-10 finishers were from British Columbia, Bazely from St. John’s, NFLD and Mikaela Lucki from Toronto were the exceptions.

Lucki, currently competing in the NCAA for West Virginia University, tried to make a race of it for two laps, however, had seen enough of McCabe and dropped off.

The 22-year-old McCabe led the women’s 10K race from gun to tape. She crossed the finish line a big 41 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Glynis Sim, also of Vancouver. They finished in 33:28 and 34:09, respectively. Bazeley took third in 34:18. U Sports national champion from the University of British Columbia Katie Newlove clocked in at 34:59 good for seventh overall.

Men’s Race

Lumb, the 2019 U Sports national champion ran with a pack for most of the race. He pushed the pace over the final lap and created some separation from Quebec’s Philippe Morneau-Cartier to win by two seconds, in 29:18.

Morneau-Cartier was coming off the U Sports national championships win in London, Ontario the prior weekend.

The two finished in 29:18 and 29:20, respectively. Thomas Fafard clocked in three seconds back of Morneau-Cartier for third.

The top-11 athletes finished within 38 seconds of each other.

Race day also included a community 6K race, as well as, Masters 6km for women and Masters 8km for men, U18 Girls 4km, U18 Boys 6km U20 Women 6km, U20 Men 8km.

The next two editions will take place in London, Ontario in 2024 and 2025.

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