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Canadian marathoner Malindi Elmore to problem rising stars for nationwide XC title in Ottawa


It’s been 17 years since Canada’s second-fastest marathoner, Malindi Elmore, gained and competed in her final Canadian Cross-Nation Championships, however on Saturday, the 43-year-old marathoner returns to the self-discipline, starting her preparations for the 2024 Olympic marathon in Paris.

In 2006, two months earlier than the discharge of the primary Apple iPhone, Elmore had a dominant win within the ladies’s championship 6K, ending 25 seconds forward of Megan Brown from Guelph, Ont. At the moment, Elmore was coming off an eighth-place end on the 2006 Commonwealth Video games within the 1,500m and her first Olympic Video games in Athens.

Malindi Elmore 2007
Malindi Elmore racing the 1,500m on the 2007 Canadian Nationwide Observe Championships. Picture: Mundo Sports activities Photos

Though Elmore’s profession and now most well-liked distance has modified since 2006, she’s going to check her velocity and power at Mooney’s Bay within the nation’s capital on Saturday towards one of the best up-and-coming feminine distance runners in Canada. Elmore’s determination to run ACXC this 12 months aligns together with her already secured ticket to the Paris Olympic marathon, recognized to be the hilliest Olympic marathon in historical past with over 400m of elevation acquire all through the 42.2 kilometres.

With defending champion Julie-Anne Staehli not returning to Ottawa to defend her nationwide XC title, there will probably be a brand new champion topped. One athlete to look at is Ceili McCabe from Vancouver, who had an impressive college cross-country profession on the College of West Virginia, incomes NCAA All-American honours twice and successful the 2021 Nuttycombe Invitational, (which is usually considered one of many prime meets of the NCAA XC season).

Ceili McCabe
Ceili McCabe sprinting to victory on the 2021 Nuttycombe Invitational. Picture: West Virginia Athletics

McCabe, a latest Canadian world championships group member within the 3,000m steeplechase, will face stiff competitors, particularly from prime returning finisher Katelyn Ayers of Victoria. Additionally in competition are earlier Canadian U Sports activities cross-country champions Katie Newlove and Glynis Sim, each representing the Vancouver Thunderbirds. Sim is coming into these championships off a profitable fall season the place she positioned second on the Vancouver Eastside 10K and twelfth within the highway mile on the 2023 World Highway Operating Championships in Riga, Latvia in early October.

A darkish horse podium decide for Saturday is Kiana Gibson, additionally from the Vancouver Thunderbirds, who’s coming into nationals off a top-five end on the 2023 Pan-American Video games within the 3,000m steeplechase. With a formidable college XC profession and a number of U Sports activities medals with Guelph and UBC, Gibson may very well be a shock top-three finisher eagerly awaiting a breakthrough efficiency.

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Workforce Class

Everybody loves a tightly contested group competitors at nationals, however this 12 months within the ladies’s race, we sadly gained’t get that. The Vancouver Thunderbirds are loaded with expertise, with Leslie Sexton, Gibson, former college champs Sim and Newlove, plus a number of ladies from their 2023 U Sports activities nationwide championship group, making them a power to be reckoned with. It could take a miracle for them to be upset right here in Ottawa, particularly contemplating the depth of their prime 4 contributing scores. I’d not be shocked if the Vancouver Thunderbirds positioned 5 athletes within the prime 10 and set an Athletics Canada file for the bottom ladies’s group rating at a Canadian XC Championship.

Canadian 10K Championships
Leslie Sexton of the Vancouver Thunderbirds on the 2022 Ottawa 10K. Picture: Richard A. Whittaker

Exterior of the Thunderbirds, CAUL (Membership D’Athletisme de L’Universite Laval) additionally has a strong group and is led by steeplechaser Jessy Lacourse and 2023 U Sports activities group silver medallist Jade Bérubé. CAUL will battle it out with Toronto’s Monarch Athletics Membership, led by Becca Brennan and Laura Desjardins, for silver and bronze. In 2022, CAUL had a slight edge over Monarch for the silver. 

Predictions

Particular person prime three:

  1. Ceili McCabe (Unattached B.C.)
  2. Glynis Sim (Vancouver Thunderbirds)
  3. Katelyn Ayers (Victoria Endurance Observe Membership)

Workforce prime three:

  1. Vancouver Thunderbirds – Vancouver
  2. CAUL (Membership D’Athletisme de L’Universite Laval) – Quebec Metropolis
  3. Monarch Athletics Membership – Toronto

How you can watch

The 2023 Canadian Cross Nation Championships will probably be broadcast reside through AthleticsCanada.television. The reside webcast and on-demand movies will solely be accessible for RunnerSpace +PLUS subscribers. Viewers can join right here. Canadian Operating will probably be readily available live-tweeting, sharing movies on our Instagram, and conducting interviews with prime finishers on the championships. Comply with alongside on our Instagram and Twitter.



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