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Pennock and Daniel help Calgary defend national XC title

Paralympic silver medalist Stefan Daniel and former national junior champion Russell Pennock helped the University of Calgary Dinos to a second straight national championship title this weekend in Kingston.

After taking a fourth world Paratriathlon title in Lausanne in September, Stefan Daniel returned to Calgary and joined team-mate and fellow triathlete Russell Pennock to help the Calgary Dinos win the 2019 U Sports Cross Country Championship.

Russell Pennock finished third at this weekend’s U Sports National Cross Country race. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

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Pennock might have been outsprinted at the national triathlon championship in Kelowna last summer by Jeremy Briand, but on Saturday the Calgary native showed his running chops by staying at, or near the front throughout the challenging 10 km course near Fort Henry, finishing third.

Two weeks before the national championship, Daniel took the CanWest championship, beating both Pennock and the winner of Saturday’s race, Kieran Lumb (UBC). On Saturday Daniel would finish 12th.

Also ahead of Pennock in the race was Guelph’s Mitchell Ubene. Calgary’s Matthew Travaglini finished fourth, which helped the Dinos nail their second straight title.

Stefan Daniel. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

Daniel continues winning ways

Calgary took the team title with a total of 63 points. McMaster and Guelph tied for second with 82, but McMaster’s fifth-place runner was ahead of Guelph’s, giving the Marauders the silver medal.