Martlets majestically master McGill meet

Martlets majestically master McGill meet

Sep. 17, 2011 Cross Country

MONTREAL - Freshman Jessica Porfilioof Longueuil, Que., and Sarah McCuaig, a junior from Waterloo, Ont., captured silver and bronze medals, respectively, as the McGill University women's cross-country running squad finished first of 16 teams to win their own invitational meet on the slopes of Mt. Royal, Saturday.

It was only the fourth time in 20 years that the Martlets won the McGill meet and the first time since 2000.

Catherine Cormier of the Laval Rouge et Or, won the individual title, completing the four-kilometre run in 14 minutes, nine seconds.

Porfilio, who is majoring in nursing, finished in 14:33, four seconds ahead of McCuaig, a third-year physiology major.

"Jessica has added some much needed strength to our women's program and is a very motivated and determined athlete. She is very soft spoken but knows how to compete on the grass," said long-time McGill head coach Dennis Barrett, who indicated that the Martlets are deep in talent this year and this should really help the team as the season heats up. "We had a solid performance from our women's team today with three runners placing in the top 10 and five in the top 15."

The other McGill runners who finished in the scoring were Catherine Drouin-Audet (9th, 15:02) of Repentigny, Que., Jullien Flynn (12th, 15:16) of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Madeleine Williams (14th, 15:20) of Edmonton, Alta.

The Martlets scored 40 points, followed by Western Ontario (48), Williams College (55), Laval (116), Sherbrooke (158), the McGill Olympic Club (158), Concordia (225), UQAC (268), UQAM (276), Champlain College in St. Lambert (283), Ahuntsic (309), Lionel-Groulx (333), Brébeuf (381), John Abbott (384), Dawson (426) and Montmorency (438).

On the men's side, Williams College from Williamstown, Mass., finished first of 17 teams with 21 points, followed by Laval (54), Western Ontario (84), Sherbrooke (113) and McGill (181), to round out the top five.

Laval's Charles Philibert-Thiboutot finished first of 111 entries, clocking in at 19:08 on the 6k circuit. Other podium finishes went to Williams College teammates Anthony Raduazo (19:16) and Colin Cotton (19:18), respectively.

The top McGill runner was Ian Forbes of Fredericton, who placed 24th in 20:19. Other Redmen to finish in the scoring were Michael Abramson (36th, 20:57) of Montreal, Joshua Hnizdor(38th, 21:00) of Grantham, N.H., Finnish native Jaan Grondahl (39th, 21:02) and Laurent Gervais-Robert (44th, 21:31).

Rounding out the team scoring was Concordia (204) in sixth place, followed by Ahuntsic (241), UQAM (254), Andre-Laurendeau (255), UQTR (259), John Abbott (266), Brébeuf (334), Champlain College of St. Lambert (340), UQAC (380), Lionel-Groulx (447), Montmorency (475), and Maisonneuve (505).

Next on tap for the McGill squad is the Western international invitational meet in London, Sept. 24.

"That race this should really give us a good indication of where we stand nationally as some of the top teams will be there," said Barrett.

McGILL OPEN CROSS COUNTRY MEET CHAMPIONS

(1992 to 2011 inclusive)
(at Mount Royal Park, Montreal Que.)
	WOMEN'S TEAM CHAMPIONS 		MEN'S TEAM CHAMPIONS
2011: 	McGill 40 points 		2011: WILLIAMS COLLEGE 21 points
2010: 	Western Ontario 52 points 	2010: Western Ontario 36 points
2009: 	Western Ontario 30 points 	2009: Laval 56 points
2008: 	Ottawa Lions TFC 34 points 	2008: Vermont 28 points
2007: 	Western Ontario 24 points 	2007: Western Ontario 29 points
2006: 	Williams College 39 points 	2006: Williams College 29 points
2005: 	Western Ontario 41 points 	2005: Western Ontario 45 points
2004: 	Western Ontario 31 points 	2004: Western Ontario 45 points
2003: 	Western Ontario 25 points 	2003: Western Ontario 43 points
2002: 	Western Ontario 39 points 	2002: McGill 26 points
2001: 	Williams College 52 points 	2001: Sherbrooke 38 points
2000: 	McGill 70 points 		2000: Williams College 45 points
1999: 	Williams College 44 points 	1999: Sherbrooke 26 points
1998: 	Williams College 50 points 	1998: Williams College 28 points
1997: 	McGill 50 points 		1997: Williams College 40 points
1996: 	McGill 42 points 		1996: Williams College 42 points
1995: 	Western Ontario 63 points 	1995: Williams College 19 points
1994: 	Western Ontario 22 points 	1994: McGill 22 points
1993: 	Western Ontario 36 points 	1993: Western Ontario 19 points
1992: 	Western Ontario 20 points 	1992: Sherbrooke 24 points

SOURCE:
Earl Zukerman
Communications Officer
Athletics & Recreation
McGill University
514-398-7012 (tel.)
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earl.zukerman@mcgill.ca