The Holland Hurricanes men’s and Mount St Vincent Mystics cross-country running teams captured gold at Saturday’s 2019 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) Cross Country Running Championships hosted by the Holland Hurricanes at the Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale, PEI.
The championship had six ACAA members represented in both the men’s and women’s races consisting of 59 runners.
On the women’s side, it was an impressive performance from the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics, as Grace Anderson took home gold followed by her teammate, Hannah Baillie securing silver. Dalhousie Agriculture Campus (Dal AC) Rams runner, Chloe Toombs, finished with bronze in a field of 33 runners.
The Mystics took home the conference banner in the women’s team division with 30 points, while the Mount Allison University Mounties secure second with 33 points, and the Dal AC Rams finished in third place with 38 points.
It was a day to remember for the Hurricanes on the men’s side as their top-three runners finished third, fourth and fifth in a field of 26 runners propelling them to their first conference championship in team history. Hurricanes finished first 21 Pts, followed by DAL AC second with 27 pts and Crandall University soldifying a third place finish with 38 pts.
The race was won by Kieran Thornell of the Dal AC Rams, followed by Donald Dewolfe (Mount St. Vincent) and the Hurricanes Benjamin Nwaogazi-Awuja in third.
Gold Grace Anderson MSVU
Silver Hannah Baillie MSVU
Bronze Chloe Toombs DAL AC
Gold Kieran Thornell DAL AC
Silver Donald Dewolfe MSVU
Bronze Benjamin Nwaogazi-Awuja HC
Women All Conference Team
(Left to Right)
Hannah Baillie MSVU, Grace Anderson MSVU, Chloe Toombs DAL AC and Claire Leger MTA
Men All Conference Team
(Left to Right)
Donald Dewolfe MSVU, Kieren Thornell DALAC,Benjamin Naogazi-Awuja HC and Ben Sullivan HC
Runner's of the Year
Women - Grace Anderson, MSVU
Men - Kieran Thornell DAL AC
Coach of the Year
Matthias Mueller MSVU