Best results at high school championships across Canada

The high school championships returned last weekend as Ontario and British Columbia held their provincial competitions for Grades 9 to 12 students. Some of the former winners of the OFSAA Ontario and British Columbia High School Championships have gone on to become Olympians and Canadian record holders. A majority of these champions will be recruited by the NCAA and U Sports programs for cross country and track.

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OFSAA Cross Country Championships

November 6. Lakefield College School, near Peterborough, Ontario. hosted the 2021 OFSAA Championships. The 2021 Championships saw 212 teams from across Ontario compete. Conditions were ideal as temperatures varied between 10 and 12 degrees during the six races.

Senior Boys (6K)

Local runner Erik Unger Adam Scott Collegiate Vocational Institute in Peterborough won the elusive OFSAA title by covering the 6km course in 19:15. Unger finished nine seconds ahead Noah’s stand from Frontenac High School in Kingston (19:24), and 12 seconds ahead Evan taylor from Milton District High School (19:27).

The top senior men’s team was Neil McNeil High School in Scarborough, who placed five runners in the top 15 for a low score of 30.

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Senior girls (6K)

Michelle gray from Mississauga’s John Fraser High School broke away from the field early in the race, crossing the finish line first in 22:21. The second rider to finish was Alexa campbell from Kingston High School (22:51), helping his team win a provincial cross country title. Sarah Cullinan of Superior Collegiate VI in Thunder Bay was third in 23:07.

Photo: Maxine Gravina

Junior boys (5K)

David Jiang from Upper Canada College in Toronto won the junior boys 5K race in 17:11, ahead of Noah Nagy of Huron Heights High School in Newmarket, finishing 13 seconds behind Jiang. Matthew Kleinsmith from EL Crossley High School in Niagara was third in a sprint to face Nagy.

Sudbury’s Lo-Ellen Park High School won the Junior Boys Team title, placing 4 runners in the top 30.

Junior Girls (5K)

Emilie Cescon of De La Salle College in Toronto won the junior girls race by 50 seconds Kristina Etezadi from AN Myer High School in Niagara, within a short time of 6:20 p.m. Etezadi crossed the finish line second (19:12) to receive the silver medal and Maren Kasunich from Manitoulin High School on Manitoulin Island was third (19:15).

Kasunich helped Manitoulin High School to a surprise victory in the junior girls division.

Novice boys (4K)

The novice boys’ race, which only included ninth graders, ended with a sprint. Dallas St. John’s legs from St. Michael’s College in Toronto prevailed in the climb to the finish line Michael schmalz and Abdallah Elbeshbishy. It was the tightest race of the day with just two seconds separating the first from the third.

Fenelon Falls High School won the Novice Boys’ division with four athletes finishing in the top 20 for a low score of 43.

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Novice Girls (4K)

Ava Moric from Hanover’s John Diefenbaker High School won the four-kilometer distance (16:33). Anaïs payne from Kingston High School was second in 16:43, and Emilee from Brussels from high school Bill Crothers was third (16:48).

The French school, École Secondaire Catholique Thériault of Timmins won the Women’s Novice Team Championship with their athletes placing sixth, twelve, sixteenth and thirty-seventh respectively.

You can consult all OFSAA’s results, here.

BCSS Cross Country Championship

A rainy day at Jericho Beach in Vancouver brought classic cross country conditions for the BC high school cross country championships on Saturday. All four races completed a 2 km loop on the course which created muddy conditions at the start of the senior races.

Senior boys (5K)

Connor nichol, a grade 10 student at Elgin Park High School in Surrey, competed against grade 11 and 12 students in the senior 5K race and won. Nichol was not one of the favorites before the race, but tactically ran smart and walked away from his competition late. Tion McLeish from St. Michael’s University School in Victoria finished second and Caiden lee from Semiahmoo High School in Surrey finished third.

Elgin Park High School had four top-15 runners to secure the Senior Men’s Team Championship. They are led by two Grade 10 athletes who compete above their age group.

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Senior girls (5K)

Broadbent Ruby from Sidney’s Parkland High School led the 5k pistol-to-strip race, winning in 17:42. The grade 11 student dominated the race, winning by 38 seconds over Christina peet-williams from Chilliwack High School, who finished second. Ella Ballard of Colwood’s Royal Park High School finished just two seconds behind Peet-Williams for third place (6:22 pm).

The West Vancouver Senior Women’s High School team edged long distance rivals Handsworth High of Vancouver for the British Columbia Tag Team Championship.

Junior boys (4K)

With the province’s top 10th year runner competing in the senior division (Nichol), the race was on. Max Holmes from Pacific Academy in Surrey finished first in 15:49. The second and third were Elie Headley from Maple Ridge Senior High School in Maple Ridge at (16:03) and Steph Snyman of the Regent Christian Academy in Surrey (16:08).

West Vancouver High School placed five top 30 runners to beat Maple Ridge Senior Secondary for the BC Junior Team Title.

Junior Girls (4K)

Elgin Park High School doubled individual titles, as a 10th grade student Maella hodgson took victory in 17:06. Hodgson finished with a 47 second gap between herself and the rest of the field. The second place was Alexa Dow, a grade 9 student at Frances Kelsey High School in Mill Bay (5:53 PM). The podium was completed by Addy Benefield from Vancouver (17:58).

Vancouver’s West Point Gray Academy finished as the top team in the junior girls’ division.

You can view all the results of the BCSS Cross Country Championship, here.

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