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Nov 9/03 - Seattle Hosts the Annual Masters Challenge

On a day perfect for cross country, a small contingent of Canadian Masters traveled from British Columbia to Seattle's Lower Woodland Park on November 9 for the Pacific Northwest Cross Country Championships which served as this year's U.S. versus Canada Masters Cross Country Challenge. In keeping with last year's challenge hosted in Rochester, New York, the Americans outnumbered their opponents to win the Fleischmann Cup, the perpetual trophy awarded to each year's winner.

The race was won by Club Northwest's Tony Young who blitzed the field over the 5.44 km course in 18:23. Young, who won the 800 meters and 1500 meters in Eugene this summer, was joined in victory by teammate Regina Joyce, who recently won the F45 national marathon championship at Twin Cities. Joyce finished in 21:27, just 6 seconds ahead of the first Canadian woman, Maureen De St. Croix. By winning their divisions, Joyce, F45, and De St. Croix, F50, forced extra points on the opposing country.

Other U.S. winners were Michael Smith, M45, in 19:45; John Hahn, M55, in 22:39; Dave Williams, M60, in 23:25; and Phyllis Nelson, F55, in 27:32. Canadian winners were David Huxley, M50, in 20:55 and Neil Campbell, M65, in 23:44. The best competition came in divisions which had runners from both countries. Holding the event on the same weekend as the Haney to Harrison Relay in British Columbia hurt the turnout from both countries.

Next year, it will be the east coast Canadians' turn to host the official masters challenge. For more info on the scoring procedure, e-mail pntf@wolfenet.com and we'll send you the formula.

Full results here.

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BC Athletes Bring Back the Blue Nose

The BC Athletics Masters Team brought the Blue Nose Trophy back to BC by winning the 2002 Canadian Masters Championships held in Moncton NB November 30th.

In winning this year's Championship all five team members of the BC team traveling to Moncton made it to the podium in their age groups.

Rob Lonergan was the overall race winner and winner of the 40-44 age group while Kevin Titus won the 45-49 age group and placed second overall.

Jackie Holloway won the 45-49 female division and was the first female overall, beating all the 35 and 40 year age group athletes.

Ted De St. Croix and Herb Phillips rounded out the BC winning team.

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BC Athletes Have Strong Performances at the 2001 Canadian Cross Country Championships

Moncton, New Brunswick December 1, 2001

BC Athletes, Club and Provincial Teams again showed their strength at the 2001 Canadian Cross Country Championships held over a very challenging course in Moncton, New Brunswick. BC Athletics and Clubs where represented by over 50 athletes and coaches in the Junior, Senior and Masters Men's and Women's races.

Upon arrival in Moncton during a snow storm that almost had the team rerouted to Charlottetown, PEI, the climatic challenge appeared to be pretty desperate. By race day however all the snow had melted and the course, except for a few soggy sections, was very good. Plenty of rolling hills made for a course that took its toll on those accustomed to the relative flats of Jericho Beach Park.

World Cross Country Team nominations could well come to some of the BC Athletes. The World Cross Country Championships will be held March 23, 24, 2002 in Dublin, Ireland. Check the Athletics Canada website at www.athleticscanada.com for all the latest details on World Cross Country.

BC Team Places:

Junior Women 2nd Place Prov Team
Number of Race Finishers 101/Prov Teams 4

Natalie Rogers, Chilliwack TF - 4th (3rd Cdn)
Mandy Macalister, Moscrop Sec. School 7th
Christina Heisterman, Island Pacific RT 10th
Bevin Kennelly, Quesnel/Prince George TFC 15th
Celia Ambery, UBC 16th
Nancy Fedoruk, Island Pacific RT 37th

Junior Men 3rd Place Prov Team
Number of Race Finishers 118/Prov Teams 6

Morgan Titus, UBC/Whistler 5th
Richard Mosley, SFU 16th
Steven Murenbeeld, U. Vic 23rd
Graeme Wells, Kajaks TFC 37th
Eric Findlay, U. Vic 38th
Cody Callon, Kajaks TFC 46th

Club Athletes Junior Men
Sam Pawluk, Kajaks TFC 19th
Kevin MacDonald, UBC/Yukon Athletics 26th
Cameron McEwan, So Fraser TFC 27th
Nicholas Walker, U. Vic 39th
Marcel Hewamudalige, Kajaks TFC 43rd
Mark Lister, Kajaks TFC 49th

Kajaks Junior Men's Team 3rd (total 14 club teams)

Senior Women 1st Place Prov Team
Number of Race Finishers 28/Prov Teams 3

Lucy Smith, PacSport Victoria 3rd
Barbora Brych, Victoria 7th
Alison Rendell, Kajaks TFC 8th
Stephanie Mills, Island Pacific RT 11th
Nikki Knapp, Kajaks TFC 15th
Margaret Butler, Kajaks TFC DNF

Club Athletes Senior Women
Nathalie Cote, Mtn West 4th
Suzanne Binne, Mtn West 10th
Heather MacDonald, Kajaks TFC 13th
Larissa Managh, Island Pacific RT 17th
Liz Ramage, Island Pacific RT 18th
Wendy Cocksedge, Island Pacific 24th

Island Pacific Racing Team 1st (1 Club Team)

Senior Men 2nd Place Prov Team
Number of Race Finishers 75/Prov Teams 5

Jim Finlayson, Island Pacific RT 6th
David Milne, UBC 9th
Jerry Ziak, Island Pacific RT 16th
Paddy McCluskey, Island Pacific RT 23rd
Steve Osaduik, Nanaimo TFC 25th
Peter Cardle, Valley Royals TFC 36th
Mark Bomba, Kajaks TFC 39th

Club Athletes Senior Men
Craig Odermatt, Island Pacific RT 43rd
Oliver Utting, BC 62nd

Masters Women/Men 2nd Place Bluenose Trophy Age Graded Team Championship

Women 40 44
Michelle Carr, Capilano Eagles 3rd
Leslie Black, VFAC 4th

Men 40 44
Al Reimer, Hershey Harriers 2nd
Art Boileau, Hershey Harriers 5th
Mike Moon, Kajaks TFC 7th

Men 50 54
Iain Fisher, Hershey Harriers 3rd

Men 55 59
Alex Jamieson, Kajaks TFC 1st

Men 60 64
Herb Phillips, Kajaks TFC 1st

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