Proudfoot and Leishman Shine at National Championship Races
Track North Athletic's Club's Ross Proudfoot, 19 (Lively, ON) and Eric Leishman, 21 (Chapleau) both turned in solid performances at their respective university and college national cross-country running championships this past weekend.
Proudfoot, competing in his second year for the University of Guelph, placed 4th at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Cross-Country Running Championships contested on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, QC. Proudfoot ran the challenging, snow covered 10 kilometre course in a time of 31 minutes and 59 seconds; 17 seconds behind gold medalist and Guelph teammate Andrew Nixon (Thunder Bay). Matt Walters (North Bay) competing for the University of Windsor took home the bronze medal. Proudfoot and his Guelph teammates earned their sixth consecutive national title with the lowest score seen at the championships since 1966.
"I didn't quite have the last lap that I wanted as we made an early team push at the 3.5km mark and that took my legs out a bit early. But overall I'm extremely happy with our team result and looking foward to the indoor track season" commented Proudfoot following his race.
By virtue of his top 6 finish, Proudfoot earned a spot to competed for Canada at the World University Cross-Country Championships next spring in Poland.
Leishman, competing in his third year for Cambrian College, place 13th at the Canadian College Cross-Country Running Championships in Kamloops, B.C. Leishman completed the 8 kilometre course on McArthur Island in a time of 26 minutes, 30 seconds. Leishman's performance also helped Team Ontario team win gold in the conference championships.
"It was a fast race and I'm happy with how things turned out - it's been a solid season" commented Leishman following his race.