Orangeville Bears run to overall cross-country team title
GUELPH – The Orangeville Bears claimed all three boys’ team titles on their way to capturing the overall team title in Wednesday’s District 4/10 high school cross-country championships at Centennial Park.
The Bears were tops in senior, junior and novice boys’ team standings.
The girls’ team titles were won by Guelph squads as Ross Royals won senior, Lourdes Crusaders took junior and Centennial Spartans claimed novice.
Overall, Orangeville edged Centennial by a single point while Lourdes was third, Guelph CVI Green Gaels fourth and Ross fifth.
The meet attracted 305 competitors with almost half (149) in the senior categories. The senior boys’ race had a day-high field of 82. The total number of competitors was up 18 from the 2019 championships. The 2020 meet was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Being the only meet that is to be held for the D4/10 athletes this year, the distances for all races were 1,000 metres shorter than normal due to the lack of previous recent experience for the majority of the athletes, the ones who were not members of running clubs. The novices ran 3,000 metres, the juniors ran 4,000 metres and the seniors ran 5,000 metres.
Emma Elliot of Ross retained the senior girls’ title she won two years ago as she ran away with this year’s race. In 2019, she finished 12.16 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher while this year she was 41.7 seconds to the good with a clocking of 18 minutes, 4.1 seconds.
Georgia Bernhard of Lourdes finished as the runner-up. She had been third in the junior girls’ race in 2019. Acadia Tremain of GCVI was third, the same position she had finished in at the finish of the novice girls’ race two years ago. Rounding out the top five were Vanessa Russel of Orangeville’s Westside Thunder in fourth and Sydney Coolman of Centennial in fifth (12th in novice in 2019).
Top two finishers in the senior boys’ race were also in the top five in the category two years ago. Jackson Hayes of GCVI won in 15:57.7 as he was 6.6 seconds ahead of second-placed Jack Gillies of Orangeville. Hayes had been fifth in 2019, a place behind Gillies.
Tristan Brindley of Orangeville finished third while Jeremy Helder of the Emmanuel Christian Eagles was fourth and Matteo Mauro of St. James fifth. Brindley didn’t compete in the 2019 meet while Helder was fifth in novice and Mauro was eighth in senior.
None of the top five in any of the other categories competed in the 2019 meet.
Gabe Bennett of GCVI won the junior boys’ race in 13:47.6 to finish 10.5 seconds ahead of Jack Haddock of Orangeville. Sam Pipher-Swyer of Orangeville was third, Toby Rossi of Lourdes fourth and Liam Murphy of Centennial fifth.
Rachel Pegg of Centre Wellington claimed the junior girls’ title with a clocking of 15:48.8. Sam Caputo of Centennial was 4.8 seconds behind in second while Ciara Hayne of Lourdes was third, Avery Goodchild of Centennial fourth and Zoe Penny of Lourdes fifth.
Thomas Beukeboom of Orangeville and Alex Lamb of Westside were both credited with runs of 10 minutes flat in the novice boys’ race with Beukeboom a shade ahead. James Rowan of Orangeville was third, a second behind. Owen Bailey-Braun of Orangeville was fourth and Carsten Schlums of the Centre Dufferin Royals of Shelburne fifth.
Breauna Sanecki of Lourdes captured the novice girls’ title as she completed the event in 11:26.2. She was 14.7 seconds ahead of Ava Hunyady of Ross while Sasha Przybylski of the St. James Lions was third, Olwyn Reed of Ross fourth and Brennan Walton of Centennial fifth.
- Guelph Sports Journal