FREDERICTON, N.B. – The Axewomen cross country team finished the AUS championship in fourth place in the team standings – only three points from a third place medal win. The championship women's race was 8km instead of the standard 6km race.
Topping the Axewomen's performance was fourth year runner Madalyn Higgins who finished seventh among stiff competition. Higgins' seventh place 31:22.00 finish was good enough to be honoured as an AUS All-Star.
Teammates Jessica Armstrong and Nicole Skinner finished twelfth and thirteenth with times of 32:15.00 and 32:16.00 respectively. Higgins, Armstrong and Skinner all qualified for the U SPORTS championship hosted by Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.
"Considering we didn't race any 8 kms before the AUS Acadia did very well. I believe after racing today & changing some strategy we would get closer to than silver medal," noted head coach Ralph Williams.
"The season was too short to get a momentum going. Acadia is a very fit team. They needed more racing I'm very proud of what the team did this season," added Williams.
"Three athletes out of 7 team runners have qualified to go to the U SPORT championships with the 4th runner within a few seconds of making the cut. Pretty impressive considering the top 3 teams had only three in the top 14 as well," concluded Williams.
Higgins was also the recipient of the AUS Student-Athlete Community Service Award.
AUS Women's Cross Country:
- Athlete of the Year: Jade Roberts, Memorial
- Rookie of the Year: Lauren Lowther, Dalhousie
- Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Madalyn Higgins, Acadia
- Coach of the Year: Rich Lehman, Dalhousie
2019 AUS CROSS COUNTRY ALL-STARS: WOMEN
Jade Roberts, Memorial (2nd year – Twillingate, N.L.)
Jane Hergett, StFX (3rd year – Port Williams, N.S.)
Catherine Thompson, Dalhousie (5th year – Blenheim, Ont.)
Hannah Cormier, UNB (3rd year – Fredericton, N.B.)
Paige Chisholm, StFX (4th year – Port Williams, N.S.)
Emily Hamilton, Dalhousie (1st year – Halifax, N.S.)
Madalyn Higgins, Acadia (4th year – Halifax, N.S.)