(London, Ontario) – Fanshawe Athletics played host to the OCAA Cross Country Provincial Championships on Saturday at the Fanshawe Conservation Area and the Falcons teams completed a rare feat, winning all four gold medals. The last time Fanshawe swept all four gold medals was in 1991.
In the Women's six kilometer race, Janelle Hanna (Peterborough, ON) captured the OCAA Individual Women's gold medal with a time of 22:11.4. In the Women's team competition, Fanshawe collected 33 points, almost half (62 points) of that of three-time defending champion Humber to win the OCAA banner for the first time since 2010. Along with Hanna, Sammi-Jo Burch (Strathroy, ON), Breah Gordon (St. Thomas, ON) and Hannah Carley (Newmarket, ON) all contributed to the Fanshawe team championship. Hanna was named to the Women's All-Ontario First Team and Burch was named to the All-Ontario Second Team.
In the Men's eight kilometer race, Fanshawe's Jordan Kadlecik (Grand Bend, ON) claimed the gold in a time of 26:37.5, almost three seconds ahead of the runner-up. Kadlecik and his teammates made it quadruple gold for the Falcons, as the Men's team earned 20 points, well ahead of runner-up St. Clair (54 points). Along with Kadlecik, Chris Caddey (Dorchester, ON), Alastair Thompson (London, ON) and Zach Buchan (Orillia, ON) contributed to Fanshawe's eighth OCAA Men's team banner in the last nine years. Kadlecik, Caddey and Thompson were all named to the Men's All-Ontario First Team. Buchan, along with Falcons Dean VanHerpe (Mount Brydges, ON) and Justin Attfield (Aylmer, ON) were named to the All-Ontario Second Team. The Head Coach of the Men's and Women's Cross Country teams is Ashley VanderVecht.
On November 11, Fanshawe will compete in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross Country National Championships in Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec hosted by Collège Lionel-Groulx. The Falcons Women's team is ranked #1 in the CCAA, while the Men's team is ranked #2.
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