By Dan Plouffe
Charlotte Murchison’s rise continued with a victory in the junior girls’ division at the Oct. 24 NCSSAA cross-country championships, and the Mother Teresa Titan hopes to reach her peak come OFSAA.
Or at least make this year’s OFSAA a better experience than her first provincials last fall when she crashed and twisted her ankle.
“Last year, I didn’t have the best year,” recalls Murchison, who turned the disappointments into fuel for this season. “I trained like crazy. I guess my training paid off.”
A 15th-place finisher in the 800 metres at last spring’s OFSAA Track-and-Field Championships, the Ottawa Lions Track-and-Field Club athlete won the Oct. 4 Capital XC Challenge junior division at Terry Fox Athletic Facility, and then kept up her pace by winning national capital gold.
“I knew (silver medallist Cara MacDonald) was going to take me on. She wasn’t just going to let me win,” notes Murchison, who topped MacDonald by 5.9 seconds in a time of 20:53.1 for the 5.38 km Hornets Nest course – 57 seconds better than the 3rd-place runner. “To be honest, I thought I’d get 2nd, so to get 1st is pretty good.”
Glebe bests Colonel By in quest for national capital team crown
Glebe and Colonel By were the class of the junior girls’ team competition.
Glebe’s MacDonald (the individual silver medallist), Maddy Nowlan, Freya Hurst, Rebecca Black and Ellie Entickap-Smith took a comfortable win over Colonel By’s Anna Ginther, Paige Saravanamuttoo, Laure Cabasson, Dariana Ocica and Greta Mader Stevens.
Behind champion Murchison, bronze medallist Gillian Porter of Franco-Cité, Immaculata’s Zoe May, West Carleton’s Helen McCulligh, Longfields-Davidson Heights’ Cassidy Bradley all placed in the top-6 to claim individual OFSAA qualification positions in the field of 88.
Find more coverage of the 2019 NCSSAA XC Championships via: https://sportsottawa.com/2019/10/29/2019-ncssaa-xc-championships-coverage/