(KINGSTON, Ont.) Paul MacLellan of the StFX X-Men and Caitlin Vail from the Victoria Vikes were recognized as the U SPORTS Cross Country Student-Athlete Community Service Award winners on Friday morning.
The annual awards were handed out at a welcome breakfast ahead of the 2019 U SPORTS Cross Country Championships, hosted by the Queen’s Gaels at Fort Henry Hill in Kingston, Ont.
The remaining award winners – the Athletes, Rookies and Fox 40 Coaches of the Year – for both men and women are based on race results and will be announced following both championships on Saturday.
MEN’S STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Paul MacLellan, StFX
MacLellan, a fifth-year accounting student from Antigonish, N.S., has had both academic and athletic success this season and throughout his AUS career. He boasts a current academic average of 87 per cent and is a three-time AUS cross country all-star. He earned individual silver in the conference championship race.
MacLellan is heavily involved in the community, volunteering his time with such initiatives as Fit 4 Tots, the StFX Student Food Resource Centre and the St. Martha's Regional Hospital Hope and Dreams event.
“Paul is as dedicated a student-athlete as they come,” said StFX head coach Eric Gillis. “On top of his studies and running, he's always up for helping at a moment's notice. This spirit of giving back to his community and school is admired by many, including this team.”
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