Bull, Elliott run to senior cross-country titles

GUELPH – Senior boys’ winner Jackson Bull of Orangeville and senior girls’ victor Emma Elliott of Ross used the same tactics to win their respective titles at the District 4/10 high school cross-country championship meet at Centennial Park on a dreary Wednesday.

Both led or hung with the leaders on the first two laps of their three-lap, six-kilometre championship races before pulling away on the final lap.

“We just had fun with it the first two and a half laps,” Bull said. “I know the guys so it’s always a good time and we just decided to race the last K.”

“I just tried to keep my pace for the whole time,” Elliot said. “I pushed it a lot on the last lap. It was a pretty good race.”

In the senior boys’ race, a group of seven broke away from the rest of the pack during the first couple of laps. At one point during the second lap, the seven were running side-by-side straight across the course and all had big smiles on their faces.

For Bull, it was a case of winning with minimum effort to be able to save as much energy for next week’s CWOSSA championships in Kincardine.

“That was the goal,” he said.

Bull’s also happy that his season has so far been injury free.

“It’s been going pretty good so far,” he said. “It’s the first season I’ve had without injury, so that’s a plus.”

In the senior girls’ race, it was a group of six at the front until the final lap.

“I don’t mind running in packs or also alone,” Elliott said. “It doesn’t really matter to me.”

The tactics, though, are the only similarities in running between the pair. Bull is a member of the Speed River Track and Field Club and running’s his sport while Elliott is new to cross country with the D4/10 championship meet being only her second.

“I only run at high school,” she said. “I don’t run outside of high school, but I really enjoy it.”

Elliott’s sport is swimming as she’s a member of the Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club. She also plays field hockey for Ross and she played for the Royals in a D4/10 quarter-final playoff match later in the day.

“I really wanted to do cross country,” she said. “I wanted to do it last year, but I didn’t have the time. This year I decided to join. It’s an awesome group of girls and it’s an awesome team to be a part of at school. It’s a really good experience.

“I really enjoy it, but I play a variety of other sports, too. It’s really fun to do — this and other stuff.”

Bull’s win helped Orangeville claim the meet’s team title as the Bears finished with 25 points, two more than the runner-up Guelph CVI Green Gaels and three more than the third-placed Centennial Spartans.

Bull won the senior boys’ race in 20:04:00 while Tennessee Tremain of GCVI was second in 20:12:53 and Anthony Cuzen of St. James was third in 20:15:34. Rounding out the top five were Jack Gillies of Orangeville in fourth at 20:40:29 and Jackson Hayes of GCVI in fifth at 20:58:25.

Elliott won the senior girls’ race in 23:42:02 while Dianne Deboer of Emmanuel Christian was second in 24:04:18. They were followed by Vanessa Winney of Westside in third at 24:07:22, Sarah-Rose Sullivan of Orangeville in fourth at 24:28:15 and Catie Robinson of Ross in fifth at 24:44:28.

The senior girls’ class attracted the largest field of the six classes as there were 74 finishers. A total of 287 runners competed in the championships.

Owen Wilson of Lourdes claimed the junior boys’ crown as he won the five-kilometre race in 17:20:75. Gregor Lawson of Orangeville was second in 17:30:75 while Benjamin Cairns of Bishop Mac was third in 18:09:54, Graham Rooney of Orangeville was fourth in 18:27:10 and Jake Cabral of St. James was fifth in 18:30:09.

Katya Vanderberg of Centennial was triumphant in the junior girls’ race as she won in 19:40:23. Finishing second was Chantal Channing of Orangeville in 19:48:22 while Georgia Bernhard of Lourdes was third in 19:55:06, Lela Stark of Centennial was fourth in 21:22:34 and Megan Mills of Orangeville was fifth in 22:32:24.

Nasir Mohammed of Centennial captured the title in the four-kilometre novice boys’ race as he won in 14:17:90. Gavin Deboer of Emmanuel Christian was next across the line in second in 14:27:95 while Max Bradwin of GCVI was third in 14:39:04, Sam Patrick of Centennial fourth in 14:50:47 and Jeremy Helder of Emmanuel Christian fifth in 14:59:37.

Thea Linde led an Emmanuel Christian one-two in the novice girls’ race as she won in 16:43:24 and schoolmate Hanna Vansydenbough was second in 16:52:56. Acadia Tremain of GCVI was third in 16:58:32 while another Emmanuel Christian runner, Erika Sikkema, was fourth in 17:01:36. Amelia Glaab of St. James was fifth in 17:11:01.

The CWOSSA championship meet is set for next Thursday (Oct. 24) at Kincardine’s Ainsdale Golf Course.


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