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Oak Bay High School Cross Country dynasty continues with senior boys and girls provincial championships on Saturday

Justine Stecko winning the Island zone championships at Beaver Lake. Photo credit: Joseph Camilleri.

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The Oak Bay High School cross country dynasty continued Saturday at Vancouver’s Jericho Beach with both senior teams winning the provincial high school championships.

Led by Findlay Day, the senior boy’s team had all four counters finish within the top-25. Day held his position strong throughout the race, leading a chase pack over the three-lap 2.3K route. He started the race with the leaders, which ended up being the Wyatt twins Zach and Tate, who finished 1-2 – they controlled the pace from the gun, finishing in 23:17 and 23:18 respectively.

Day finished seventh and in the time of 24:01.

The twins attend R.E. Mountain of Langley.

Aidan Doherty of West Vancouver finished third in the time of 23:19.

“We had a tactical plan and we executed well,” said Tate.

“We a plan to control the pace, we shared the lead for the first lap, then I sat back in the pack and waited to unleash a finish sprint,” shared Zach.

Doherty was surprised by his third-place finish. “Yeah, I am very happy. I was hoping for a top-10 spot. I was back a bit and picked off guys as the race went on. When I saw that I was in a good position, I ran hard to the finish.”

He nearly picked off the Wyatts too.

The three other top finishers on the Oak Bay team were Jack Boden who finished 13th in the time of 24:30, Michael Barber who finished 22nd in the time of 25:10, while Joe Robertson was three back at 25:15.

Findlay Day winning Island zone championships at Beaver Lake. Photo credit: Joseph Camilleri.

The senior girls were led by Justine Stecko, who won the Island zone finals in what appeared to be a jog. Last Saturday, she took on Olympians and top varsity athletes including Canadian 10,000m record holder Natasha Wodak at the provincial club championships. Stecko finished well back of the high-octane field, but was the first junior.

Stecko won the high schools meet in the time of 17:01, 22 seconds ahead of second place Grace Fetherstonhaugh of New Westminster Secondary. Ceile McCabe of Little Flower Academy finished third.

“I am not a competitive runner, but after this race, I would like to join a club and see if I improve,” Shared McCabe, who also plays basketball and soccer. She was getting ready for a soccer game, after her race.

“I think I put too much pressure on myself last week,” said Stecko. “But I am happy with today’s race.”

Fetherstonhaugh was enjoying the snow and cool temperatures. She will compete in the national club championships in Kingston on Nov 24 as will many of the other top finishers.

The three other Oak Bay High counters were, Alisa Lyesina who finished in 10th position with a time of 18:45, while Sarah Bryan finished 11th in 18:48 and Cara Butler crossed the line in 21st place in the time of 19:30.

Full junior, senior, team and para results are available, here>>

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