Sarnia’s Andrew Davies is the Canadian Junior Cross Country Champion.
The second-year student at McMaster University finished first at the national U20 finals in Abbotsford B.C. on Nov. 30, completing the 8-kilometre course in 24:38.01.
Davies made his move halfway through the race and stretched his lead in the two final laps to finish 21 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, Quebec’s Marc-Andre Trudeau-Perron.
“I just wanted to break the race open early and didn’t want to have to kick late,” Davies explained in a McMaster news release.
“Around four kilometres, I was feeling really good and decided to test the field a little bit and really broke it open from there.”
The top 10 finishers enter a pool to represent Canada at the upcoming Pan Am Championships, but Davies will age out of the division before the qualification, the university said.
Fellow Sarnian and McMaster women’s team captain Caroline Forbes finished 11th in her 6K race with a time of 21:33.95.