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Canada dominates 4th NACAC Cross Country Championships

Orlando, USACarmen DoumaHussar led the Canadian charge to renew their dominance at the 4th NACAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday (1 Mar) at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Douma-Hussar, the 2004 World indoor championships and 2006 Commonwealth Games 1500m silver medallist, took her first area title over the mud and grass after holding off the challenge of Jamaica's World Championships 3000m Steeplechase finalist and 2007 silver medallist Korene Hinds and an American trio led by Kathleen Trotter.

The 30-year-old from Ontario completed the 6km run in 19:24 minutes, ahead of Hinds (19:33) and Trotter (19:35).

Douma-Hussar, an Olympian in 2004, looks forward to competing in her seventh World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, on 30 March, after missing the 2007 edition.

In the women's 4km junior race, Canadians were a class apart as they took five of the six top places, led by Kendra Schaff (13:03), followed by USA's Emily Reese (13:15) and 2006 silver medallist Sheila Reid (13:18).

Defending champion Lindsay Carson of Canada was relegated to fourth in 13:20 minutes.

Aleksandr Kuternin followed Schaff's successful path in the men's 6km junior in a close finish with USA's Ryan Sheridan, two seconds slower than the winner (17:21). Gregg Brendan of the US was third in 17:32.

Diego Borrego, the two-time defending champion did not attend as Mexico was the main absentee.

The host country found some consolation in the fourth and final race of the day as Thomas Morgan and Josh Simpson finished 1-2 in the men's 8km elite race and led the USA to the team crown.

Morgan, 26, and Simpson moved away in the fourth and final lap on the Orlando turf, before the former found an extra gear to claim gold in 22:42 minutes, six seconds faster than his countryman.

Dylan Wykes grabbed bronze for Canada after a 22:57-minute effort.

Canada took the other three team titles, both junior and the women's senior categories, always followed by the USA. Puerto Rico bagged three team medals.

After the first editions were held in Clermont, they stayed in Florida but moved to Orlando for the first time. The 2008 championships drew 61 runners from six nations. Saint Lucia and Bahamas were the two other countries represented.

Javier Clavelo Robinson for the IAAF
Leading Results:
Senior Men 8km -
1. Thomas Morgan, USA             22:42
2. Josh Simpson, USA             22:48
3. Dylan Wykes, Canada        22:57
4. Rob Watson, Canada        23:00
5. Bruce Benjamin, USA             23:00
6. Travis Laird, USA             23:12
Teams -
1. USA 14
2. Canada 22

Senior Women 6km -
1. Carmen Douma-Hussar, Canada        19:24
2. Korene Hinds, Jamaica 19:33
3. Kathleen Trotter, USA             19:35
4. Serena Ramsey, USA             19:36
5. Erin Dromgolle, USA             19:37
6. Elizabeth Wightman, Canada         19:41
Teams -
1. Canada              24 points
2. USA                   25
3. Puerto Rico        47

Junior Men 6km -
1. Aleksandr Kuternin, Canada        17:21
2. Ryan Sheridan, USA             17:23
3. Gregg Brendan, USA             17:32
4. Nyial Majock, Canada        17:47
5. Kevin Williams, USA             17:51
6. Mohammad Ahmed, Canada       17:54

Teams -
1. Canada                       10 points
2. Puerto Rico                  34
Junior Women 4km -
1. Kendra Schaff, Canada        13:03   
2. Emily Reese, USA            13:15   
3. Sheila Reid, Canada        13:18
4. Lindsay Carson, Canada        13:20
5. Paula Finlay, Canada        13:24
6. Genevieve Lalonde, Canada    13:25   
Teams -
1. Canada 13
2. USA 29
3. Puerto Rico 49

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