Ontario cross-country championships this weekend in Sudbury
LONDON – The DCVI running team competed at Fanshawe Conservation Area last Thursday (Oct. 24) at the WOSSAA cross-country championships.
St. Marys Novice boy Ezra Bender had an amazing individual run, finishing fourth in his field. His time was 14 minutes, 59 seconds. This enables him to represent the Salukis at OFSAA this weekend in Sudbury (Nov. 1-2).
Senior boy Ethan Aarts finished a strong fourth as well and qualifies for OFSAA as an individual. Aarts’ time was 20 minutes even.The rest of the Senior team, Owen Wrigley (14th), Joe Hutton (30th), Kirk Boreham (39th) and Sean Slater (59th), despite having much faster runs than the previous Invitational meet held at Fanshawe, just missed the mark.
There were four teams that were within four points of one another, making this 6-km. event one of the closest team finishes in WOSSAA history. The DCVI Senior boys finished with 87 points, four behind the second-place OFSAA qualifier. “A heartbreaker for our boys, but they ran their hearts out,” DCVI coach Annette Wrigley said.
Senior girls earn silver
On a silver lining, literally, DCVI Senior girls Hazel Taylor, Kennedy Finch, Lydia Taylor and Jelena Lorentz ran their very best races of the season, capturing the silver medal and allowing them to advance to OFSAA in Sudbury this weekend.
All four Salukis finished among the first 30 runners for 75 total points and a second-place team finish behind only London Central. The top St. Marys runner was Hazel Taylor (eighth in 24:32), followed by Kennedy Finch (17th in 26:07), Lydia Taylor (21st in 26:34) and Jelena Lorentz (29th in 27:08).
The DCVI Midget girls ran excellent races as well, placing 10th overall as a team. Junior boys Aaron Vernooy and Ben Turner also ran well getting their personal best time/km.
“A big congratulations goes out to all Saluki runners as everyone ran well with many personal best times,” coach Wrigley added. “A reminder to all runners that practices will continue this week … and to start doing the snow dance.”