Canadian Jr. Women Golden at Pan Am XC Cup; Martens 24th

Mirelle Martens (2nd from the left) and her Team Canada teammates captured the gold medal at the PanAmerican Cup XC Running Champs on Feb. 22.  (Photo from Athletics Canada)

Mirelle Martens (2nd Canadian from the left) and her Team Canada teammates captured the Jr Women’s team gold medal at the PanAmerican Cup XC Running Champs on Feb. 22. (Photo from Athletics Canada)

Wolves runner Mirelle Martens is a Pan Am gold medalist.

Martens and her Team Canada Junior Women’s  teammates won a close three-way battle with the United States and Peru on Sunday at the Pan American Cup Cross Country Running Championships in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Individually, Martens placed 24th in the flat 5 km race, recording a time of 18:00.  The top Canadians were Hannah Woodhouse (2nd) and Branna MacDougall (3rd).

In the Senior Women’s 6 km race, former Wolves runner Fiona Benson placed 13th.  Canada’s Senior Women’s team finished second behind the United States.

In the men’s races, the Canadian Juniors placed second, while the Senior Men were fourth.

Martens and Team Canada will contest the IAAF World Cross Country Running Championships in China next month.

Full Results – 2015 Pan American Cross Country Cup

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