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High school sports
Local athletes claim five medals at high school cross-country championships

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Louis Riel's Jonathan Rioux shows off the gold medal he won in the junior boys event at the National Capital cross country championships at the Hornets Nest on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Louis Riel distance runner Jonathan Rioux has added another gold medal to his rapidly expanding collection.

Last year's midget boys high school cross country champion and double gold medalist over 1500 and 3000 metres on the track, easily won the junior boys cross country crown at the National Capital championships on Thursday.

The Grade 10 student crossed the finish line 18.5 seconds ahead of Sir Robert Borden runner Nico Pederson and then fell to the ground, spent from having to run in the windy conditions.

After recovering from his temporary exhaustion, Rioux said he was pleased with his tiime of 16:36.09 considering the conditions on the Hornets Nest course.

"I'm happy with that. The wind was really bad along the back where it's open," Rioux said with the gold medal dangling from his neck.

Cairine Wilson's Abigail Lea crests the hill on the Hornets Nest course at the Natonal Capital high school cross-country championships on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

One of the happiest medalists on Thursday was Cairine Wilson's Abigail Lea who qualiified for the OFSAA provincial championships with a silver medal performance in the junior girls race after failiing to qualify last year.

"Last year I ran against girls who were a year older than me and I missed out on qualifying by one place," explained Lea, who used last year's disappointment to help motivate her this year. "I really wanted to qualify this year."

Lea will be joined at the provincial championships in Collingwood by Mollie Soroczon-Wright from Colonel By who finished in third place, and Stuart Jones, also from Colonel By, who placed third in the midget boys event.

Gloucester High School's Andre Alie-Lamarche picked up the east end's fifth medal with a second place finish in the senior boys event.

Other east end athletes who qualified for the provincial championships, which will take place in two weeks time, include Thomas Saville from Cairine Wilson who placed fifth in the senior boys race; Felix Robilard from Louis-Riel, who finished seventh in the senior boys event; Marin Scotten from Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School who placed sixth in the junior girls race; and James Finn frrom Béatrice-Desloges who finished fifth in the junior boys race.

(Posted 10:30 a.m., Oct. 24)

 

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