Now that all the CIS buzz has died down, we can look to the actual Canadian Cross Country Championships, taking place in Vancouver this weekend. Team Quebec is stacked and ready to roll! Here’s a look at the team.
Frédérique Latraverse, College Ste-Foy and Club d’Athlétisme Université Laval (CAUL).
Frédérique was the winner of all four of her college races, including the national championship held recently in St. Lambert, where she stunned the field ina time of 17:58. She ran a very respectable time of 18:24 on the tough provincial championships course earlier this fall. Her track credentials don’t do credit to her current fitness, as she is more of a cross country runner. Still, 10:52 for 3k for a 16-year-old is not unreasonable.
Stéphan St. Martin, College Notre-Dame and Coureur Nordique.
Stéphan is a newcomer on the scene, having gotten started with running this summer. He ran a début 1500 of 4:09, which ranked him 10th in the province, but he still managed to go undefeated on the provincial cross country circuit against guys with PBs 10-15secs faster than his. His 5k PB is 15:35. At the Canadian college championships in St. Lambert he finished 5th in an 8k time of 26:03.
Ryan Noel-Hodge, Concordia University and Montreal Endurance/McGill Olympic
Emmanuel Boisvert, Université Laval and CAUL
Anthony Larouche, Univesrité Laval and CAUL
Maxime Lapierre, Université Laval and CAUL
Daniel Blouin, Coureur Nordique
Stéphane Colle, University of Idaho and Fleur-de-Lys
Like the juniors, this is a team that loves cross country, but they boast some respectable long track times as well.
Ryan Noel-Hodge won the first Quebec xc race of the season, at McGill, and was in the top 3 Quebec finishers at the rest of his races, including a personal best 15th place finish at the CIS championships. His 5k PB is 14:33, which he ran indoors last winter. He is also the 2012 Quebec outdoor 5000m champion, and his 10000m PB is 30:59.
Emmanuel Boisvert was 2nd at the UNB invitational in 24:49 over 8k, 5th at the provincial championships, and 8th at the CIS XC championships, where he was also the top Quebec finisher. He has a track 10000m PB of 31:02.
Dan Blouin is a long-time stand-out on the Quebec running scene. He represented Canada at the FISU XC championships in Germany in 2000, and his best CIS XC performance was 4th in 1999. He is a former CIS track silver medallist in the 4x800m, the 1500m and the 3000m. His best 10k was a 29:23 on Toronto’s downhill course, and he also has a half marathon PB of 1:07:42.
Anthony Larouche earned his first cross country win this fall at the Sherbrooke Open meet. He was 20th at the Western International and 29th at the CIS championships. His 10000m PB is 31:46 and his 5k PB is 15:14.
Max Lapierre finished 16th at the CIS XC championships and 7th at the provincial championships. His 10000m PB is 31:24 and he has a 5000m PB of 15:10.
Stephane Colle trains in Moscow, Idaho, with the university squad. He was the wild-card selected, having not run in Quebec this fall. His credentials are solid, however. He’s run 3k 8k races south of the border, with a best time of 24:32. His 10000m PB is 30:57 and he has 5000m and 3000m PBs of 14:05 and 8:05 respectively. He was 13th at last year’s Canadian Cross Country Championships.
Quebec has not selected an official senior women’s team, but here are three runners watch who will be running for Quebec Clubs.
Annie Leblanc runs for Lanaudière Olympique and the University of Oregon. She recently finished 68th at the NCAA D1 XC championships, where her team won the national title, and was 2nd at last year’s Canadian Cross Country Championships as a junior. She has a personal best of 2:03 in the 800m and 4:15 in the 1500m.
Meggan Franks lives in Mississippi, and is affiliated with Montreal Endurance/McGill Olympic. She has marathon and half marathon PBs of 2:49:06 and 1:19:01. In her collegiate days she ran a 10:46 steeplechase and a 16:59 5000m. After an unfinished marathon attempt earlier this fall, she has turned her focus to cross country training and looks to surprise on the national scene.
Dominique Roy is an alum of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and Concordia University in Montreal. She runs for Montreal Endurance/McGill Olympic. In 2011, she was the provincial bronze medallist in cross country, and she has a 1500m PB of 4:30.