LoStracco runs a little further for senior cross-country title

Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal

FERGUS – While she was a little concerned about it beforehand, having a little extra distance to run turned out to be no big deal for Tiana LoStracco of St. James.

LoStracco led from start to finish to take the title in the senior girls’ race at the District 4/10 high schools cross-country championship meet Thursday at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex.

This year the distance of all the girls’ races have been increased to make them the same as the boys’ races. The seniors run six kilometres, junior five and midgets four.

For runners like LoStracco who competed in junior last season when it was four kilometres in length.

“Today I felt really comfortable racing, but 4K to 6K is a 33 per cent increase,” she said. “Today was pretty smooth because the course was really good, but hopefully it’ll be that way in the future. It is definitely different and it feels a bit longer.”

LoStracco won in 20 minutes, 44.4 seconds to finish more than 48 seconds ahead of runner-up Avery Dolderman of Centre Wellington.

LoStracco ran most of the race by herself as she pulled away from the sound of the starter’s gun.

“Sometimes it’s hard to just mentally say ‘keep going, don’t slow down.’ Today it was pretty good,” she said. “I felt comfortable with my race and where I was. It’s sometimes tough, but today was not bad.”

The race was LoStracco’s second cross-country race of the season as she placed seventh in her race at the McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester, N.Y., at the end of September.

Next up for LoStracco and the other D4/10 runners will be next week’s CWOSSA championship meet in Waterloo.

“I don’t really know what to expect,” she said. “I know there’s a lot of good competition so I’m hoping to just go out how I did today and try to keep a good pace and see what I can do.”

LoStracco is a former CWOSSA champion in both the junior and midget age groups.

“I know there are some Grade 12 girls that are pretty good,” she said. “It’s just the whole extra-distance thing that is making me a little nervous.”

Fiona Costello of Lourdes was third in 22:03.7 while Claire Campbell of Centre Wellington was fourth in 22:08.6 and Tessa Ladhani of Guelph CVI was fifth in 22:08.9.

St. James had its four scoring runners in the top 10 to win the team title with 24 points. Centre Wellington was second at 33 and Lourdes third at 48.

Nick Bannon of Centre Dufferin took the lead of the senior boys’ race early in the second lap of the two-lap event. He went on to win in 20:09.4 while Luke Cabral of St. James was second in 20:22.4. Eric Morris of Centre Wellington was third in 20:52.3, Jake Cousineau of Centre Wellington was fourth in 21:05.6 and Liam Ogilvie of Guelph CVI was fifth in 21:30.5.

Centre Wellington won the team title with 37 points while St. James was second at 48 and Ross was third at 71.

Jackson Bull of Orangeville ran to the win in the junior boys’ race. He finished the distance in 17:21.6 and was followed by Anthony Cuzen of St. James in second in 17:27.4, Lucas Bernhard of Lourdes third in 17:57.2, Owen Duffy of Lourdes fourth in 18:19.9 and Andrew Stonehouse of Centennial fifth in 18:21.1.

St. James claimed the team title with 26 points while Centre Wellington was second at 46 and Centennial third at 54.

Haley Davis of Ross was triumphant in junior girls as she completed the five kilometres in 18:51.9. Sarah-Rose Sullivan of Orangeville was second in 19:31.7 while Abby Huehn of Westside was third in 19:53.2, Dakota Poulter of Erin fourth in 20:14.8 and Marissa Lefebvre of Bishop Macdonell fifth in 20:37.0.

Ross captured the team title with 34 points while Orangeville was second at 40 and Lourdes third at 74.

Tennessee Tremain of Guelph CVI ran away from the field in the four-kilometre midget boys’ race. He won in 13:13.0 while runner-up Ian Geffros of Norwell was almost 20 seconds behind in second in 13:32.9. Sam Bennett of Guelph CVI was third in 13:38.9 and was followed by Drew VanderBerg of Centennial in fourth in 13:43.8 and Jackson Davidson of Centennial fifth in 13:48.2.

Guelph CVI four scoring runners finished in the top eight to win the team title with 18 points. Centennial was second at 41 and Westside third at 85.

Vanessa Winney of Westside left the field behind in the four-kilometre midget girls’ race as she won in 15:30.8 to finish almost 20 seconds ahead of Emmanuel Christian’s Dianne DeBoer who was second in 15:50.3. Naomi Meerstra of Emmanuel Christian was third in 16:02.5 while Jessica DeCorso of Lourdes was fourth in 16:22.9 and Abbie Macleod of Orangeville was fifth in 16:24.2.

Emmanuel Christian claimed the team title with four runners in the top 18 for 34 points while Lourdes followed in second at 49 and Centre Wellington was third at 63.

Next meet is the CWOSSA championship meet next Thursday at Waterloo’s Bechtel Park.