Monday, October 31, 2011

Proudfoot Wins Silver at OUA Cross Country Champs

Track North Athletic Club's Ross Proudfoot, 19, (Lively) competing for the
University of Guelph won a silver medal at the Ontario University Athletics
(OUA) Cross-Country Running Championships in Ottawa this past weekend.

Competing on a challenging 10 kilometre course at Mooney's Bay Park,
Proudfoot finished the race in a time of 30 minutes, 53 seconds, just 2
seconds behind University of Guelph teammate and gold medallist, Andrew
Nixon (Thunder Bay).  North Bay's Matt Walters, competing for the University
of Windsor won the bronze medal.

Proudfoot ran with the front pack of 10 to12  runners for the first eight
kilometres of the race which included four major climbs and short sections
run on beach sand.  Nixon, Proudfoot and Walters demonstrated their northern
Ontario running strength as they eventually pulled away from the lead back
and battled for the medals over the last 2 kilometers.

"I'm pretty happy with my race.  It's an improvement on my 4th place finish
last year.  I made a slight mental error by not staying connected with Nixon
when he made his final surge with about 700 metres to go but I still
finished strong and I feel I'll be ready for a strong race at Nationals"
commented Proudfoot following the race.

Proudfoot and his Guelph Gryphon teammates won their 7th consecutive OUA
title with a low score of 20 points. Windsor was second with a score of 40
points and Queen's claimed bronze with 103 points.

Proudfoot will next compete at the Canadian Interuniversity (CIS)
Cross-Country Championships being held on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec
City on November 12th.

Picture Attached: Ross Proudfoot (#135) competing at the 2011 OUA
Cross-Country Championships - photo credit: Dick Moss