Andy Pohl and Jodi Sanquin were the individual winners Saturday, November 12, as 224 runners competed in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association cross-country championships in chilly and overcast conditions at McArthur Island.
Pohl, from the U of Alberta’s Augustana campus, won the men’s title over eight kilometres, in 25 minutes 30 seconds. He was part of a group of five runners that kept the lead pace for the four laps.
“It feels amazing,” Pohl said in a news release. “I’ve been beaten all year and to pull it out at Nationals feels great.”
Pohl, who said this was the biggest achievement of his running career, trailed Clint Smith of London-Fanshawe College for most of the race but moved into the lead on the last lap. Smith finished in 25:41.
“Clint won the race for me; he was doing all the work in the first two laps. Full credit to him, he’s a great runner,” Pohl said.
See a video of Andy’s win here!