McGill sends a Baker's dozen to XC championships

McGill sends a Baker's dozen to XC championships

Nov 06, 08 Cross Country (W)
By Earl Zukerman, McGill

MONTREAL -- The McGill University cross-country running team, headed by head coach Dennis Barrett and his assistants Mike Babb and Catherine Megias, are sending six men and seven women to Ste. Foy, Que., for the CIS national championships this weekend.

In the midst of a rebuilding year, the Redmen finished third of four teams at the Quebec conference championships, held at Parc La Baie, in Mandeville, Que., (Oct. 27) and are attempting to become the second Quebec university team to capture a national cross-country title. McGill's best finish was a bronze medal in 1996 championships, when they hosted the event atop Mt. Royal.

The six Redmen competing at "Nationals" include senior Graydon Snider of Guelph, Ont., fifth-year senior Ryan Ouckama of Cobourg, Ont., junior Kenneth Douglas of Montreal, plus three freshman --Daniel Kramer of Salem, Mass., Maxime Bellemare of Sherbrooke, Que., and. Alexander Duhault of Calgary, who earned rookie of the year honours in the Quebec circuit.

A young Martlets squad also had a disappointing season, finishing second to Laval at the Quebec conference title meet. It marked the end of their long, 20-year reign as Quebec women's champions. The McGill women are attempting to become the first QSSF team to capture a national cross-country title. They are the only Quebec school to medal at Nationals, with a silver (2006) and a pair of bronzes (1996, 2001).

The seven Martlet qualifiers include Margaux Pontoreau-Bazinet, a third-year nursing major from Montreal, plus sophomores Arielle Beatty of Newmarket, Ont., and Cristina Lo Basso of Montreal, in addition to three freshmen -- Melanie Myrand of Pointe Claire, Que., Brittany Therrien of Victoria, B.C., and Charlène Puel, a native of France, whose father Claude Puel, is head coach of the Olympique Lyonnais soccer club, seven-time champions of the top league in France.


Earl Zukerman 
Communications Officer 
Dept. of Athletics & Recreation, Room 225 B 
McGill University 
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Montreal, QC H2W 1S4 
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