McCuaig becomes 13th McGill athlete to win Rhodes Scholarship

McGill University

Sarah McCuaig, a distance runner and team captain with the McGill University track and cross-country teams, has won a Rhodes scholarship to continue her studies at the University of Oxford in England.

A 22-year old science senior from Waterloo, Ont., she becomes the 13th varsity athlete from McGill to win the prestigious honour and is the University's 134th Rhodes Scholar, more than any other Canadian institution. The prize was established in 1902 by a selection committee that seeks individuals who have achieved high academic standing and who have demonstrated respect for their fellows, an unselfish spirit and the potential for leadership.

"It's funny because 13 has always been my lucky number, I was born on Feb. 13 and I wore No. 13 while playing high school basketball," said McCuaig, a 5-foot-10, Honours student who is majoring in microbiology and immunology with a minor in kinesiology. "The last few days since I received the news over the weekend really seem like a whirlwind. I will be thrilled to run for Oxford and train on the same track where Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile."

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