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Justine Stecko and Findlay Day win; Oak Bay dominates at Island Cross Country Championships

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Updated: 10:47 PM with team results below

Justine Stecko winning senior girls race. Photo credit: Joseph Camilleri.

The Island High School Cross Country Championships took place Wednesday at Beaver Lake Park and to no one’s surprise, Oak Bay High School dominated, however, the senior boys team was challenged. They won by a very slim six points over the Reynolds Roadrunners. Dover Bay of Nanaimo finished third.

The senior girls situation was a different story; they won handily and were led by overall winner Justine Stecko. Stecko appeared to breeze to the win, relaxed.

“We wanted the points for the team, so I didn’t take it too easy, but yes I saved a bit for BC Club Championships this weekend,” shared Stecko.

The senior boys race was won by Oak Bay’s Findlay Day.

Both athletes are coached by two-time Olympian Bruce Deacon, who manages the Prairie Inn Harriers Youth Team – a successful program for competitive youth and junior middle and long-distance runners.

Stecko is having a strong autumn, after a summer of training and recovery, as she was injured during the spring track racing season. She is now rounding into form.

“Yes, I fully returned to my training in the start of summer. I have done some league races, the 8K, Islands and the spirit run in Vancouver since coming back.”

Top-three girls. Justine Stecko (L), Madison Heisterman (C) and Bridget Mateyko (R). Photo credit: Joseph Camilleri.

On Sept 24, she outright won the Spirit Run 4K by one-minute and 10 seconds. She finished in the time of 15:17.

As a Grade 12 student, now is the time to perform if she is interested in scholarship opportunities. The Oak Bay High student finished second during the GoodLife Fitness Victoria 8K on Oct. 8. She finished with an impressive personal best in the time of 27:38, just 12 seconds back of four-time winner Lindsay Carson of Burnaby.

Madison Heisterman of Brentwood College School finished second to Stecko in the time of 17:17, while Bridget Mateyko, another PIHYT member, finished third in the time of 17:19; she attends St. Andrew’s High School.

Day didn’t have it as easy as he was pushed by Cooper Langard of Parkland. Langard pushed Day to the finish chute; they finished two seconds apart in 21:47 and 21:49 respectively.

Findlay Day winning with Cooper Langard in second. Photo credit: Joseph Camilleri.

“I’m super happy with my race, shared the Oak Bay High student. “I knew to win, I would have to take the lead early and just hang on. Cooper Langard pushed me hard in the last lap and I was able to hang on to the finish.”

Asked about his expectations for the BC High School Cross Country Championships Day said, “Going into BCs, I’m just hoping to come top-10 and contribute to another Oak Bay title.”

The third place finisher was Fraser Van Allen from Dover Bay. He finished in the time of 21:57.

“Oak Bay is always hard to beat, and it is amazing to consider their top-four runners are all in Grade 10 or 11,” shared Reynolds’ coach Brad Cunningham. “Reynolds was six points back today, so if we are going to challenge them, we will need great runs from everyone on our team.”

The top-three finishers in the junior boys race were Keaton Heisterman of Brentwood (15:08), Ethan Hard of John Barsby (15:13) and Jonah Brost from Stellys (15:29) over the 4K course.

The top-three junior girls were Jessica Castle of Cowichan High School (17:31), Maddy Perry of Glenlyon Norfolk School (17:41) and Emma Wong Mark Isfeld Secondary (17:46).

At provincials, the senior favourites may just be Langley’s R.E. Mountain Secondary. It is possible that the top three schools will be R.E. Mountain, Oak Bay and Reynolds, in that order. Dover Bay is going to be a factor too.

“R.E. Mountain is returning their whole team who finished third at BCs last year, so they will be great too. And when we consider Dover Bay being strong again, it is going to be a very exciting race, with the potential of an island sweep of the podium,” added Cunningham.

Top-three boys, Findlay Day (L) Cooper Langard (C) and Fraser Van Allen (R). Photo credit: Joseph Camilleri.

The course at Jericho Beach has been used extensively over the years for the national cross country championships as well as other races. It is known as an equalizer.

“Jericho Beach is notorious for being a difficult course if it rains, so the weather may play a big role in this race. In every case, it is going to be an exciting race to watch and is great for our sport that there are so many top-level teams!”

Athletes today have two provincial championships on their radar, Saturday’s BC Club Championships in Abbotsford, which includes runners of all ages. On Nov. 4 at Jericho Beach in Vancouver, the BC High School Championships will happen. Runners from club championships can qualify for nationals, which take place in Kingston, Ontario.

The top athletes at nationals can qualify for Team Canada’s junior and senior teams to compete in the world championships that take place every-other-year.

Full results are available, here>>

Senior Boys Top-three Teams: 

 1.    24  Oak Bay                             (  22:30.69  1:30:02.78   1:15.50)
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  1      1  Findlay Day                21:46.01
  2      5  Michael Barber             22:24.47
  3      8  Jack Boden                 22:50.79
  4     10  Joe Robertson              23:01.51
  5   ( 38) Ethan White                27:15.21
  6   ( 45) Emmett Hodgins             28:32.03

  2.    30  Reynolds                            (  22:40.01  1:30:40.07   1:04.19)
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  1      3  Gabe Van Hezewijk          22:07.88
  2      4  Kalum Delaney              22:15.71
  3     11  Evan Wills                 23:04.41
  4     12  Sergio Duran               23:12.07
  5   ( 28) Ethan Pauly                25:53.49

  3.    46  Dover Bay                           (  23:06.19  1:32:24.77   1:53.95)
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  1      2  Fraser Van Allen           21:56.89
  2      9  Jackson Isnor              22:52.04
  3     17  Nate Seaman                23:45.00
  4     18  Cyrus Urbanowicz           23:50.84
  5   ( 19) Linden Kaps                24:05.95
  6   ( 40) Tyler Ponsford             27:24.33

  4.    54  Carihi                              (  23:40.41  1:34:41.64   2:15.88)

 

Senior Girls Top-three teams:

 1.    19  Oak Bay                             (  17:29.74  1:09:58.97   1:19.53)
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  1      1  Justine Stecko             16:40.49
  2      4  Sarah Bryan                17:26.30
  3      6  Alisa Lyesina              17:52.16
  4      8  Delaney Chan               18:00.02
  5   (  9) Cara Butler                18:09.67
  6   ( 15) Lily Maric                 18:32.12
  7   ( 36) Matilda Schuck             20:17.11

  2.    57  Wellington                          (  18:29.14  1:13:56.58   3:40.18)
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  1      3  Elise Coates               17:24.75
  2      5  Karly Dickenson            17:31.35
  3      7  Bianca Barbesino           17:55.55
  4     42  Carys Menard               21:04.93

  3.    63  SMUS                                (  18:47.73  1:15:10.93   1:41.57)
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  1     10  Judy Kim                   18:18.99
  2     12  Maia Watson                18:24.70
  3     13  Emily Stone                18:26.68
  4     28  Fionnuala McKenna          20:00.56
  5   ( 34) Julia Southgate            20:15.43
  6   ( 35) Cordel Tromp               20:17.02
  7   ( 37) Samantha Cuell             20:32.69

  4.    68  Dover Bay                           (  18:43.15  1:14:52.63   0:48.23)
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Junior Boys top-three teams: 

1. 26 John Barsby ( 15:50.89 1:03:23.58 1:15.99)
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1 2 Ethan Hart 15:12.65
2 4 Gage Zanette 15:35.16
3 8 Jayden Watson 16:07.13
4 12 Jake Putz 16:28.64

2. 37 Brentwood ( 15:59.46 1:03:57.85 1:31.18)
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1 1 Keaton Heisterman 15:07.24
2 5 Hugh Rimmer 15:35.47
3 15 Jack Napier-Ganley 16:36.72
4 16 Callum Blake-Currier 16:38.42
5 ( 66) Thomas Willemyns 20:03.76
6 ( 69) Derek Harrison 20:08.43

3. 52 Mt. Doug ( 16:31.39 1:06:05.58 1:14.01)
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1 7 Kevin Song 16:04.94
2 9 Brendan Mackey 16:19.09
3 10 Isaiah Sanchez 16:22.60
4 26 Yassin Guitouni 17:18.95
5 ( 27) Ian Aitken 17:22.14
6 ( 36) Tal Bargero 18:13.84

4. 62 Oak Bay ( 16:39.76 1:06:39.04 0:28.99)

Junior Girls top-three teams: 

1. 22 NDSS ( 18:31.03 1:14:04.13 1:35.59)
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1 2 Bailey Rossnagel 17:54.39
2 4 Kate Cameron 18:19.85
3 5 Erin Jensen 18:19.91
4 11 Ava Alexander 19:29.98
5 ( 14) Kyra Gillete 19:41.87
6 ( 17) Kai Belbin 20:10.02

2. 43 Mark Isfeld ( 19:27.21 1:17:48.85 3:38.73)
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1 1 Emma Wong 17:45.93
2 9 Alex Vinzenz 19:05.92
3 12 Kirsten Cook 19:32.34
4 21 Naomi Swift 21:24.66

3. 62 Oak Bay ( 20:13.69 1:20:54.77 3:54.26)
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1 3 Isabel Murphy 18:15.40
2 6 Tayah Giesbrecht 18:31.31
3 25 Lauren Stecko 21:58.40
4 28 Mikayla Dickinson 22:09.66
5 ( 30) Carmen Morris 22:56.03

4. 83 Claremont ( 21:16.48 1:25:05.95 3:40.89)

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