Phillips and Behre lead Gee-Gees at Quebec XC Championships

In the final step before the upcoming USports (formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Cross Country Championships, Ottawa Lion athletes competed under the banner of The University of Ottawa and Carleton University yesterday at the Quebec University Championships in Sherbrooke.

The top finisher on the day was Gee Gees runner Katie Phillips who was the second to cross the line in the women’s race. The former USports Rookie of the Year completed the 6km run across the Old Lennoxville Golf Course in 21 minutes 57 seconds, 34 seconds behind McGill’s Melanie Mynard. Phillips’ effort has qualified her for the upcoming Canadian University Championships to be held next month in Ste. Foy, Quebec.

On the men’s side, Alex Behre cracked the top 10 with a 34 minute 5 second clocking over the 10km course. With the placing, the fourth year social sciences student at the University of Ottawa qualified for nationals, where he will be joined by teammate Nicolas Roberts.

The top female for Carleton was Jessie Lilly, as she crossed the line 22nd with a time of 24:01. Sebastian Saville was the top male for the Ravens with his 24th place finish.