The Western Region Cross Country Running Championships were held earlier this week under blue skies and no wind at River Hills Golf Club in Clyde River. The main objective was for our two teams to place among the top five to earn our way to the Provincial Championships next week in New Glasgow. With two second place SILVER medals for our two top runners and two top 5 placings, it was a successful day. Led by the always speedy and closing Aria MacDonald ‘21 in second place with a personal best time of 24:12 over the 6 km course, the girls placed just shy of winning another banner by a score of 31 - 38 behind Park View. Our second scoring runner is a harrier who has demonstrated tremendous improvement over our short season and had, what I believe to be, the best personal race of the day, Aitana Cisneros ‘23 was 9th, but just seconds from 6th! On loan from the soccer team and Being More, Katie Goddard ‘20, showed that she can run with the best of them and placed just out of the top 10 in 11th. Our fourth scoring runner, senior Madi Taljaard ‘20 had a fantastic race to the point that I think this was her best race ever. It takes more than four to be a team and definitely giving their best effort of the season were the duo of Ela Perez ‘21 and Mariana Gonzalez ‘21 as they finished mere footsteps apart. Rising from the intermediate division today was Jenny Zhang ‘23. She (like Aitana) could have ran just 5km today, but they wanted more! Definitely having her best race of the season was Dalia Alrashdan ‘20 and she ran down runner after runner. Our local food guide and definitely wanting to be sprinting on a track today was our ever team supporting Alena Wood ‘21.
Our boys were led by Francois Richard ‘21 as he completed the 6 km course in an impressive 19:35. Head Boy and soccer stand-out on loan, Evan Logan ‘20, followed up Goddard’s speedy debut with his own fast-paced run by placing 12th overall. Gavin Liu ‘20 had an outstanding race as his dedicated weeks of improving strength and form are clearly paying dividends. Giving his best, but also wondering how he got lost from the 400m oval, sprint specialist Andrew Atwood ‘20 shined in definitely giving his best for the team as our fourth scoring runner to secure our 4th place finish. Just four spots back and digging deep by showing great form and attitude was Gabriel Meade ‘21.
A special thank you to teammates Lucas Gimenez ‘21 and Jayden Morrow ‘21 for their continuing support and data collection. Next up: Provincials!
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