Gryphons help Canada to sixth in cross country

ST. GALLEN, Switzerland – A pair of Guelph Gryphons helped Canada place sixth in the team standings at the world university cross-country championships Saturday.

Canada had 84 points to finish behind Japan (16), Morocco (35), Australia (48), Italy (76) and Algeria (81) in the overall team standings.

The Canadian women were fifth at 80 while Japan won at 17.

Gryphon Danielle Jossinet was 45th in the individual standings with a clocking of 39 minutes, 52.1 seconds.

Caterina Juliet Granz of Germany won gold at 34:53.4 while Rika Kaseda of Japan was second in 34:58.8 and Soukaina Atanane of Morocco third in 35:13.4.

Claire Sumner of Queen’s was top Canadian, finishing eighth in 35:40.5 while Kristina Popadich of Western was 13th, Stefanie Smith of Windsor 24th and Aurelie Dube-Lavoie of Laval 35th.

Canada was eighth in the men’s team competition at 150 while South Africa won at 33.

Gryphon Mark Patton of Fergus placed 41st in 33:02.5.

El Hocine Zourkane of Algeria won in 30:21.0 and he was followed by the South African pair of Alfred Mokopane Rantso, second in 30:30.7, and Thansanqa Lukanyo Theophilus Khonco, third in 30:33.5.

Top Canadian was Russell Pennock of Calgary 25th in 32:00.2 while Sergio Raez Villanueva of McMaster was 38th and Andrew Nebel of Windsor 46th.

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