OTTAWA - Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) announced Friday that Queen's University has been selected to host the 2009 CIS cross country championships.

The CIS cross country championships were last held in the Kingston area in 1999 jointly hosted by Queen's and the Royal Military College of Canada. Queen's has also hosted on two other occasions including 1977 and 1973.

Last year, Queen's University was announced as the host venue of the 2010 FISU world university cross country championships and are slated to be the host of the 2008 OUA Cross Country Championships this coming season. The goal is to build on each event and culminate with the 2010 event which will host the top athletes from around the world.

"We are delighted to be hosting the 2009 CIS cross country championships,"¬Ě said Leslie Dal Cin, Director of Athletics & Recreation for Queen's. "The Kingston area has had great success with other cross country championships and we believe that the Old Fort Henry course will challenge Canada's top university athletes. Queen's and the City of Kingston, with the support of our colleagues at RMC are very honoured to be hosting the championships; together we will ensure that 2009 will be an exciting and memorable event for all involved."¬Ě

"We are very pleased that Queen's will host the CIS championships in 2009,"¬Ě commented CIS Chief Executive Officer, Marg McGregor. "Not only will CIS student athletes enjoy a challenging course in 2009 but the competition in Kingston will serve as a dry run test event for the FISU championships in 2010.

The Kingston area has a long history in cross country with Queen's hosting the first varsity level competition in 1919. The area has also successfully run championships at multiple levels including the high-school, provincial and national level.

This year the 2007 CIS championships were contested in Victoria, B.C. with the Guelph Gryphons sweeping both national banners for the second consecutive season.


For more information:
Michel Bélanger
Communications Manager
Canadian Interuniversity Sports
Tel: 613-562-5670 ext. 25
Cell: 613-447-6334

Michael Grobe
Communications and Sports Information Officer
Queen's University
Athletic & Recreation Department
Tel: (613) 533-6000 ext. 77369
Cell: (613) 484-6763