StFX's Angus Rawling claim individual gold medals
(WOLFVILLE, N.S.) The Dalhousie Tigers raced to first-place men's and women's team finishes at the 2017 Subway AUS Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon.
The championships were hosted by Acadia University at Hennigar's Farm in Wolfville, N.S.
In the men's 10km race, the Tigers edged out the X-Men to snap their six-year win streak and claim Dalhousie's first AUS men's cross country title since 2010.
The Tigers had five runners finish in the top 10. Fifth-year runner Cal DeWolfe (Bridgewater, N.S.) reached the podium with a time of 32:03.95 to claim the bronze medal.
Graeme Wach (Halifax, N.S.) finished seventh with a time of 33:11.90. Will Russell (Guelph, Ont.) claimed eighth with a time of 33:24.88. Angus MacIntosh (Riverview, N.B.) finished in ninth-place with a time of 33:27.56 and James Cromack (Caledon, Ont.) was the 10th place finisher with a time of 33:33.02.
The X-Men claimed a second-place team finish. Angus Rawling (Calgary, Alta.), a third-year StFX runner, claimed the individual gold medal, finishing with a time of 31:43.55. Third-year runner Alex Neuffer (Stradford, P.E.I.) earned silver for the X-Men in a time of 31:58.00.
Paul MacLellan (Antigonish, N.S.) finished sixth for StFX with a time of 32:57.12.
The UPEI Panthers earned a third-place team finish on the men's side. Lee Wesselius (River Glade, N.B.) was their top finisher. He posted a time of 32:57.12.
The Tigers finished with 37 team points. The X-Men followed with 44 and UPEI claimed third with 101 points.
AUS MAJOR AWARD WINNERS AND ALL-STARS
Following the races, the AUS all-stars were awarded to the top seven finishers in each race at the annual championship banquet, as were the individual medalists, team medalists and AUS championship banners.
AUS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
The AUS athlete of the year award was awarded to the individual AUS champion, Angus Rawling (Calgary, Alta.) from StFX.
AUS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD
The winner of the AUS rookie of the year award was Saint Mary's Andrew Peverill (Lower Sackville, N.S.).
STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
UNB's Michael Colford (Fredericton, N.B.) was honoured as the AUS Student-Athlete Community Service award winner.
Colford is a second-year chemical engineering student from Fredericton, N.B. He finished in 12th place in today's championship race with a time of 34:00.61
He was named to the Dean's List and earned U SPORTS academic all-Canadian status in his first year with the Varsity Reds last season.
He serves as his team's representative on UNB's student-athlete council.
Colford is a volunteer with UNB's Read with the Reds program. He also serves as an assistant track coach with the Fast Tracks Club.
AUS COACH OF THE YEAR
Dalhousie's Rich Lehman was named AUS Coach of the Year for both men's and women's cross country.
This is his first time earning the nod for men's cross country.
Today's wins mark Dalhousie's first AUS men's cross country banner since 2010 (19th all-time).
The U SPORTS national championship meet will take place Saturday, Nov. 12 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C.
Subway AUS Men's Cross Country Championship Results:
2017 AUS MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-STARS:
Angus Rawling, StFX (3rd year – Calgary, Alta.)
Alex Neuffer, StFX (4th year – Stratford, P.E.I.)
Calvin DeWolfe, StFX (5th year – Bridgewater, N.S.)
Andrew Peverill, Saint Mary's (1st year – Lower Sackville, N.S.)
Lee Wesselius, UPEI (5th year – River Glade, N.B.)
Paul MacLellan, StFX (3rd year – Antigonish, N.S.)
Graeme Wach, Dalhousie (4th year – Halifax, N.S.)
2017 AUS MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY MAJOR AWARD WINNERS:
AUS Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Michael Colford, UNB
AUS Rookie of the Year: Andrew Peverill, Saint Mary's
AUS Coach of the Year: Rich Lehman, Dalhousie
AUS Athlete of the Year: Angus Rawling, StFX