Barry Britt of Hampton will headline a team of eight New Brunswick athletes at Saturday’s Canadian Cross-Country Championships in Vancouver.
Britt, a star with the University of Idaho Vandals, won the silver medal last year and is entered once again in the senior 10-kilometre race with hopes of taking it one step farther.
Joining him in the senior category is Ryan Cassidy of Grande-Digue, who won the national junior crown last year.
New Brunswick will also be represented in the junior boys eight-kilometre event by Nick MacMackin of Quispamsis, the current New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association champion who will make his national cross-country debut.
He will be joined by Matt MacNeil of Saint John who attends Dalhousie University in Halifax, Alex McAllister of Fredericton and Lee Wesselius of River Glade.
On the women’s Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton, last year’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport champion will compete in the senior eight-kilometre race while Katie Robinson of Saint John will run the five-kilometre junior race.
“The quality athletes that will represent New Brunswick at these championships is among the best group we have ever sent to these championships,” said Athletics New Brunswick technical director Gabriel LeBlanc in a press release. “This shows the strength of our cross-country program.’’
The event will take place at Jericho Park in Vancouver and will be used as a qualifying meet for the NACAC Cross-Country Championships, taking place Jan. 26 in Mandeville, Jamaica, and the World Cross-Country Championships on March 24 in Pydgoszcz, Poland.