St. Kitts runner comes close

VANCOUVER – One second separated St. Catharines runner Mohammed Ahmed from claiming the men’s senior division of the 2012 Canadian Cross Country Championships at Jericho Park on the weekend.

Cameron Levins, the defending senior champion, pulled through a tight 10-kilometre race to win his third straight title, crossing the line in 29:41 just ahead of Ahmed who had a time of 29:42. Kelly Wiebe of Swift Current, Sask., won the bronze in 29:45.
The women’s senior division was won by Megan Brown of Guelph, while Dylan Brown of Newmarket, and Jillian Forsey of Kippens, NFLD., took the junior titles.

In the senior women’s 7-kilometre race, Brown clocked in at 23:05 followed by Kate Harrison (23:12) and Port Moody, B.C. native Natasha Fraser (23:21).

The junior men’s 8-kilometre race also came down to the finish line. Brown won the championship title with a time of 24:32. Ben Flanagan of Kitchener won the silver medal in 24:38 and Ryan Sleiman of Windsor won the bronze in 24:50.

The first race of the day saw Jillian Forsey crowned as the Canadian Junior Cross Country Champion over 5-kilometres with a time of 17:21 minutes. Madeline Yungblut of Wroxeter, Ontario, north-west of Kitchener, won silver in 17:23 and Toronto’s Madeline McDonald took the bronze in 17:29.