The top runners in Western Ontario had to battle each other and the elements on a drizzly day at Springbank Park in London.
The temperature hovered around four degrees celcius throughout much of the morning and afternoon with mist and rain falling almost constantly. It made for progressively more slippery and difficult conditions as each of six races was run.
The top five finishers plus the top two teams advanced to OFSAA, which will take place on Saturday, November 5th in Port Hope.
The day began with Brooke Jez of F.E. Madill S.S. capturing the Midget Girls’ title. She was followed by:
2. Mackenzie Bilotta of Saint Andre Bessette
3. Mary Tennant of C.C.H.
4. Brooklyn Muir of St. Michael C.S.S. in Stratford
5. Nicole More of Lucas
All five receive an automatic berth at OFSAA
Rebecca DeKay of Banting made things look easy in the Junior Girls’ race, breezing across the finish line. She says
2. Hannah Tait of St. Anne’s in Clinton
3. Elizabeth Drake of St. Michael C.S.S. in Stratford
4. Emily Hattayer of South C.I.
5. Holly Hanchuruk of Huron Park
The Senior Girls saw a two runner competition at the front of the pack for almost the entire 5 km course, but a big kick by between Laura Parkinson from Catholic Central landed her the title.
2. Mikenna Venderheyden of Strathroy D.C.I
3. Martina Tait of St. Anne’s in Clinton
4. Zoe Burke of South C.I.
5. Nadine Osman of London Central
The Midget Boys’ race saw a three-headed sprint to the finish line which was won by Justin Sanders. Sanders, Juan Gomez Galiano and Zachary McPhee wound up finishing less than two seconds apart.
2. Juan Gomez Galeano of Catholic Central High School, London
3. Zachary McPhee of St. Michael C.S.S., Stratford
4. Liam Easton of A B Lucas S.S., London
5. Matt Mason of Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S., London
Joshua Zelek of Stratford Central edged out Kyle Koyanagi of Laurier in the Junior Boys’ race.
1 18:53 Joshua Zelek of Stratford Central S.S.
2 18:55 Kyle Koyanagi of Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S., London
3 19:05 Evan Burke of South C.I., London
4 19:54 Eric Hill of St. Thomas Aquinas C.S.S., London
5 19:57 Caleb Canfield of Huron Park
Brad Sheeler won the Senior Boys’ title after finishing in fourth place in 2015.
1 21:38 Brad Sheeler of Holy Cross
2 21:45 Levi Shimer-Whitehead of London Central S.S.
3 22:01 Marcel Scheelr of St. Marys D.C.V.I.
4 22:09 Kyle Farquharson of Strathroy D.C.I.
5 22:10 Tristan Wendt of H.B.Beal S.S.
London Central captured the overall Boys’ title. The St. Joseph’s Rams won the overall Girls championship.