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Stefan Daniel and tri talent help the Dinos win the USports XC Championships

The Dinos overcome adversity to win the men's national title and the Rouge-et-Or score four runners in the top 10 to win the women's national title

On Saturday, Nov. 10th, the Calgary Dinos won the men’s USports Cross-Country Championships in Kingston, Ontario. Connor Black of the University of Guelph won the overall race, but the depth of Calgary came out on top.

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The Dinos roster was made up of superb running talent and proven triathlon pedigree. Russell Pennock was the men’s national triathlon champion in 2016, Stefan Daniel is an Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion in the paratriathlon. Both had impressive results, Pennock won bronze and Daniel finished 10th to help the Dinos team clinch the national championships. Pennock said post-race that it paid to be the underdog. “Everyone had their perfect race. This is like a dream.”

Photo: Maxine Gravina. Calgary men, 2018 U Sports XC champs.

In order to win the USports Cross-Country Championships, the Calgary Dinos had to overcome an injury to their top runner and a stroke to their coach Doug Lamont. Despite it all, the team came together and capped off an amazing season.

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Dinos score breakdown

  1. Russell Pennock – 3rd
  2. Eric Lutz – 9th
  3. Stefan Daniel – 10th
  4. Ryan Grieco – 21st
  5. Tyler Kiyonaga – 32nd

In the women’s race, Laval Rouge-et-Or won the USports Cross-Country Championships. Brogan MacDougall of Queen’s University took the win and was followed by two Rouge-et-Or runners to round out the podium positions. With the top five finishers of each university counting to the final team rankings, Laval had four runners finish inside the top 10 and clinched the 2018 USports Cross-Country Championships.

Laval women post-race. Photo: Maxine Gravina.

Rouge-et-Or breakdown

  1. Aurelie Dube-Lavoie – 2nd
  2. Catherine Beauchemin – 3rd
  3. Anne-Marie Comeau – 6th
  4. Lacourse Jessy – 7th
  5. Jade Berude – 37th

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Anne Marie Comeau is a multisport athlete of a different kind. In 2018, Comeau represented Canada in cross-country skiing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games. She took part in the 4x5K relay, skiathlon, 10K and 30K mass start races.