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Twenty-seven year old Megan Brown of Guelph, Ontario will be competing in the Canadian Cross Country Championships. She will be looking to make the Canadian team that will compete at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Cross Country Championships in Jamaica as well as the IAAF World Cross Country Championships that happen March 24th in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Brown is a University of Toronto Graduate. She has proven to be a strong 1500 and 5000m runner with personal bests of 4:13.12 and 15:33.42, respectively. She extended that range by also winning Athletics Canada’s 2012 10k Road Race Championships at the Oasis Zoo Run, which took place in Toronto on September 22nd. Brown raced to a time of 33:33.6 besting second place finisher Lanni Marchant by over 30 seconds.
TOP OF HER GAME
Asked how fit she is at this time she said, “I would definitely say that I am fitter than I have ever been – especially for this time of the year. I was at the peak for my year at the Canadian 10km championships; then I took a small break to re-group before heading into a four week cycle of high volume and lots of strength work.”
As for her making team Canada it will come down to one race, the nationals, “ I am now moving from work mode to race mode and plan to be ready to rock at the Canadian Cross Country Championships in three weeks,” she said.
The nationals will boast a deep women’s field, “I actually haven’t looked at the entry lists – but I do know that my teammates (from Athletics Toronto), Shelia Reid, Kate Van Buskirk and Kate Harrison all plan to run; so that alone is a solid front group. I imagine this will be one of the better fields that we have seen in recent years. Hopefully this means that distance running is on the upswing for Canadian women.”