Congratulations to our senior women who won the 2019 team club title in Abbotsford at the ACXC National Championships. The mustang endurance women placed four athletes in the top 11 to establish themselves as the #1 team in Canada!
The women tackled five laps of the 2km circuit completing a total of 10km on the course. The course consisted of one short steep hill and a series of hay bales as challenges on each loop. The conditions underfoot were firm and fast courtesy of the dry yet cold weather. The race proved to be an exciting affair with a quality field including a number of Olympians and World championship representatives filling the top 10. Our Mustang endurance athlete Sarah Inglis led the mustangs team, pushing the pace with eventual winner Geneviève Lalonde for much of the race. LaLonde gradually pulled away over the last kilometer to win by just 9 seconds with Inglis 2nd (33:31) and another Olympian Maria Bernard in 3rd (33:46).
Mustang Regan Yee in her first race since competing in the 3km Steeplechase at the World Championships in Doha finished strongly for 5th spot (34:31). This top 6 finish ensured her selection to represent Canada at the PanAm XC championships in March if she opts to compete.
A multiple Canadian World XC team member and mustang athlete Lindsay Carson finished in a fine 10th place (35:13) and new mustang member Ally Ginther finished just one place behind taking 11th (35:35). This was an amazing performance by our women and earned the National team title with 28 points.
In the U20 women’s race Mustang Daylana Ferguson produced a solid debut representing the BC team at the National level. Day finished 45th overall and takes away another valuable experience moving into the indoor season.This was the final XC race of the team’s season and the women will now look forward to getting back to the grind with a training camp in Palm Spring over Christmas and New Year.
All photos courtesy of Vid Wadhwani, more can be found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/vidsphotos/albums