The Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta hosted the CCAA Cross Country Running Championships November 14th on the Rotary Trails here in Camrose. This was the highest quality field in history of nationals, some of best young runners in Canada. For the first time all 5 conferences were represented in extraordinarily good conditions given the time of year. Camrosians turned out in record style to support the Vikings side. The event featured a cultural side as well as Viking food, drink and a Viking ship were part of the action.
The Augustana team competed in an extraordinary fashion as almost everyone of the Vikings Runners posted a personal best. An incredible feat in a very difficult sport.
For the Augustana women Kathryn Stone led the way with a personal best placing 10th, helping to lead her conference to a gold medal. Patricia Leighton followed this with a personal best, beating her previous times by 27 seconds in her last race as a Viking.
Emily Cole and Shara Harke posted great results in their 1st nationals for rookies. The women’s team posted a best result this season as they tied Red Deer in points for fourth place at the National Championships.
The Augustana men in a similar fashion did not disappoint. Each of the top six runners improved significantly on their peronal bests. Local talent David Arial placed in the top ten, helping the ACAC to another conference gold medal by beating the Augustana course record by 30 seconds. Andrew Brisbin, after suffering from the flu earlier this month, beat his own personal best on the Augustana course by a full three minutes. The Rookie members of the squad, Devin Woodland and David Shantz also posted incredible times.
As a team the men placed 5th but were only one minute from posting a third place finish. Coach Gerhard Lotz and Robert Renman siad,” We could not have asked for a better effort from our team. Results for the nationals are posted at:http://www.runaugustanaccaa09.ca/en/results/