Davies tops the field at cross country championships

Andrew Davies of the McMaster Marauders, centre, leads the way at the OUA Cross Country Championships in London, Ont. on Nov. 6, 2021. Mundo Sport Images/ Geoff Robins

Journal Staff

Sarnia’s Andrew Davies tied a course record to win the men’s individual title at the Ontario University Cross Country Championships on Nov. 6

His gold medal performance in a field of 102 runners helped the McMaster Marauders finish second overall at the Thames Valley Golf Club in London.

Davies finished seven seconds ahead of runner-up and 2019 champion Mitchell Ubene, of the Guelph Gryphons.

Following his performance, Ontario University Athletics named Davies its Athlete of the Week.

In matching the course record, the fourth-year student finished the 8km event in 24:41.

Davies, a Northern Collegiate graduate, won the 2019 junior men’s title at the Athletics Canada Cross Country Championships in British Columbia.

Fellow Northern grad Caroline Forbes placed 11th for the Marauders in the women’s 8km race in a time of 30:30, earning her an OUA second-team all-star honour.