Women’s recap from the Classic Kiteley-McInnes CIS-XC poll at Montreal Endurance brought to you by New Balance

The 2015 CIS XC Championships have been over for over a week now but I’m still holding on to the excitement. It made me pretty upset that I couldn’t be there in person to be a part of the action, but I felt the excitement all across the country. Whether you were at the course in Guelph or following along from your couch, you were a part of a very exciting day. I will admit I felt quite sad about the fact I couldn’t toe the line this year. The front pack took it out in a hot pace,  soon it seemed to be that only Inglis and Stafford could hold it. It was a wild and gusty race, especially by those two as they completely broke away from the rest of the field. In the last lap, it was Inglis who took control as she surged forward to find herself all alone up front. 

“I had always planned to make a move with a lap top go if I was feeling good,” said Inglis, “When I got to the top of the hill, I passed Gabriela and just put my foot down. I was ready for a fight to win so I kept pushing on!”

So it was Inglis who is the cross country queen for 2015, capping off her final year as a Spartan. Stafford put up an amazing fight, coming in second after an amazing and tough race. If anyone was to challenge Inglis it was her. Shaking things up for third place was Stefanie Smith from Windsor beating out the rest of the field for the bronze in a close finish between the chase pack.  

For team standings, Guelph was able to pull out the win on their home turf. I chatted with Ayers, who finished in 8th, about what it meant to her and the team:

“I would have to say that this team title was most definitely a team effort. Everyone had a job to do out there and we tried our best to follow through and get the job done! The race felt fast, and the hill was hard…No matter how many times you run it in practice.”

The Gryphons had five girls in the top twenty, with Katrina Alison finishing with a strong 6th place.

“Winning on home turf made it extra special and sweet, and having the insane fan base there made it so much more satisfying. The crowd definitely played a role in the win,” said Ayers. 

Although they didn’t have any individual medalists, their depth helped them come together to secure their championship. Trinity was runner up in second and also won the Canada West title. Calgary’s third place performance was exceptional in true underdog form, having everyone on the team step up. May I add that the polls only had the Dinos coming in 9th?

It was an exciting day, weird to be on the spectator side of things but I fully enjoyed being a super-fan  this time around! Looking forward to next year in QUEBEC…I’ll see you on the start line. Congrats everyone on some entertaining and stellar performances.