Gryphon Runners Help National Team Place Ninth

April 08, 2008 - Campus Bulletin

University of Guelph runners Rachel Cliff and Lindsay Carson placed 28th and 29th respectively at the Federation of International Sports Universities (FISU) World University Cross Country Championships, helping the Canadian team capture ninth place in the women's event.

Great Britain's team finished first at the championship, which was held in Mauquenchy, France this past weekend.

The two Gryphon runners were right behind the top Canadian woman, Leslie Sexton of Queen's University, who finished in 26th place.

The five-runner women's team also included Leila Angrand of the University of Western Ontario who finished 45th and Heather Sim of the University of Calgary who finished 46th.

All five women were first-team all-Canadians last fall, which means they finished in the top seven in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports cross country championships.

The U of G women's cross country team won the CIS championship in cross country this year and Carson captured the individual title. The first-year biomedical engineering student was also named CIS rookie of the year and U of G athlete of the year.

Held every two years, the world university cross country championships bring together the top athletes from around the world. In 2006, the Canadian women's team finished 10th and the men's team finished seventh.

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