Photo credit: Peter Jewett
LODZ, Poland (CIS) – The Canadian women barely missed thepodium on Saturday at the 18th FISU world university cross-countryrunning championships finishing fourth in the team standings, asingle point behind third place, in Lodz, Poland.
It marked the second best result in history for the all-CISwomen’s squad at the biennial event, trailing only abronze-medal placing on home soil in 2010 in Kingston, Ont.Canada’s top three finishers on Saturday amassed 46 pointscompared to 45 for Poland.
Japan (21) edged Romania (23) for the women’s title.
On the men’s side, the all-CIS contingent settled forninth place with 169 points, a drop of five positions from twoyears ago. Japan (36) captured the team banner, with the Ukraine(57) and Algeria (61) rounding out the podium.
Tamara Jewett of Toronto paced Canada in the five-kilometrewomen’s race. The University of Toronto student took theninth spot thanks to a time of 16 minutes and 24 seconds. CariseThompson of Lynden, Ont., was 15th in 16:43, Catherine Cormier ofNew Richmond, Que., placed 22nd (16:43), Lydia Frost of Bocabec,N.B., finished 41st (17:29) and Jen Bays of Whitby, Ont., was 53rd(18:12).
Romania’s Ancuta Bobocel (15:48), Portugal’s CarlaSalome Rocha (15:54) and Romania’s Roxana Birca (15:56) werethe individual medallists.
In the men’s 10km race, Cliff Childs, a University ofVictoria student from Kelowna, B.C., was the fastest Canadian witha time of 30:40, good for 32nd place. Allan Brett of Ottawafollowed in 40th position (30:50), while Dylan Haight of Victoriawas 48th (31:02), Paul Janakowski of LaSalle, Ont., 49th (31:05),Matt Walters of North Bay, Ont., 58th (31:31) and Aaron Hendrikx ofParkhill, Ont., 60th (31:39).
Abdelmajed Touil of Algeria was the first male runner to crossthe finish line in 29:11. Japanese teammates Yuta Shitara (29:15)and Daichi Motomura (29:22) captured silver and bronze,respectively.
Brett was the only veteran from the 2010 Canadian delegation. Hehad placed 24th in Kingston.
“Tamara’s ninth-place finish was simply outstanding.Carise had an exceptional race as well, especially for a universitysophomore,” said Canadian head coach Keith Butler, theassociate coach of UVic’s cross country program. “Ourwomen had a remarkable showing, just one point outside the podium.It’s a credit to CIS coaches and their programs.”
“On the men’s side, Cliff was in his firstinternational competition but he ran like a veteran against a verycompetitive field. He was the last selection on the team so his runshowed the tremendous improvement he has made over the course ofthe season.”
1. Japan (21 points)
2. Romania (23)
3. Poland (45)
4. CANADA (46)
5. Spain (57)
6. Portugal (76)
7. Algeria (78)
8. Great Britain (83)
9. Australia (87)
10. France (95)
11. China (110)
12. South Africa (115)
13. Ukraine (126)
Women’sindividual results (60 finishers)
1. Ancuta Bobocel, Romania, 15:48
2. Carla Salome Rocha, Portugal, 15:54
3. Roxana Birca, Romania, 15:56
9. Tamara Jewett, Canada, 16:24
15. Carise Thompson, Canada, 16:43
22. Catherine Cormier, Canada, 16:43
41. Lydia Frost, Canada, 17:29
53. Jen Bays, Canada, 18:12
1. Japan (36 points)
2. Ukraine (57)
3. Algeria (61)
4. Spain (74)
5. Poland (81)
6. Australia (106)
7. France (116)
8. Austria (151)
9. CANADA (169)
10. Great Britain (183)
11. Saudi Arabia (252)
Men’sindividual results (70 finishers)
1. Abdelmajed Touil, Algeria, 29:11
2. Yuta Shitara, Japan, 29:15
3. Daichi Motomura, Japan, 29:22
32. Cliff Childs, Canada, 30:40
40. Allan Brett, Canada, 30:50
48. Dylan Haight, Canada, 31:02
49. Paul Janakowski, Canada, 31:05
58. Matt Walters, Canada, 31:31
60. Aaron Hendrikx, Canada, 31:39
Name University Elig * Hometown AcademicProgram
Jen Bays Western 2 Whitby, Ont. Health Science
Catherine Cormier Laval 5 New Richmond, Que. Medicine
Lydia Frost Guelph 4 Bocabec, N.B. Human Kinetics
Tamara Jewett Toronto 3 Toronto, Ont. History/Literary Studies
Carise Thompson Guelph 2 Lynden, Ont. Applied Sciences
Originally selected but unable to attend due to an injury:
Stephanie Trenholm Victoria 3 Campbell River, B.C. Humanities
Allan Brett Guelph 5 Ottawa, Ont. Master’s BiologicalEng.
Cliff Childs Victoria 5 Kelowna, B.C. Social Sciences
Dylan Haight Victoria 2 Victoria, B.C. Social Sciences
Aaron Hendrikx Guelph 1 Parkhill, Ont. Human Kinetics
Paul Janikowski Windsor 2 LaSalle, Ont. Human Kinetics
Matt Walters Windsor 4 North Bay, Ont. Liberal Arts
* Year of CIS eligibility used during 2011 cross countryseason
Head Coach: Keith Butler, University of Victoria
Assistant Coach: Gary Malloy, University of Windsor
Assistant Coach: Ingrid Ruys, University of Victoria