McIlroy and MacDonald race in CIS Championship
Memorial's Graham MacDonald and Caroline McIlroy were among the deep, talented field of the countries finest university runners competing in the CIS Cross Country Championship on Saturday in London, Ontario.
Women's Cross Country
Caroline McIlroy raced her way to a 38th overall finish at the Thames Valley Golf Course in London, Ontario on Saturday at the CIS Cross Country Championship.
McIlroy ran the five kilometer course in 18:45 despite not feeling well prior to the start. It was her second time representing Memorial University at the CIS Championship as she finished 32nd overall last fall.
McIlroy was the sixth AUS athlete across the line, coming in just three seconds behind Deer Lake native Melissa Hardy who ran for St. F.X.
The other AUS athletes had the advantage of running with teammates but McIlroy, the lone Memorial competitor, raced hard from the start and finished with a very respectable placing.
The weather was ideal for a race with 10-degree temperatures and light winds. The field included the top 123 runners from across Canada.
Guelph continued their national cross country dominance as they won the overall women's title for the eighth consecutive year.
Men's Cross Country
Graham MacDonald raced in his first national CIS Championship meet this weekend with a 74th place finish in a very deep and talented field in London Ontario.
MacDonald was the seventh AUS runner across the line in the field of 130 runners. His time was 34:04 over the technical ten-kilometer course.
Guelph won the men's overall title for the seventh consecutive year.
MacDonald was pleased with his performance. He said, "It was great to represent Memorial nationally and have this experience this weekend. Our whole team had a great year of training and it was nice for me to finish it here for Memorial at the nationals."