athletes claim five medals at high school cross-country
By Fred Sherwin
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
Riel distance runner Jonathan Rioux has added another
gold medal to his rapidly expanding collection.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
High School's Andre Alie-Lamarche picked up the east end's
fifth medal with a second place finish in the senior boys
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.
10:30 a.m., Oct. 24)
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