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Conditions were ideal for cross country racing at Beaver Lake Park today. Temperatures were seasonal, there was no wind and the rains held off just in time for the start of the 2015 Vancouver Island High School Cross Country Championships.
The first race at 1:00 PM sharp were the junior girls, followed by junior boys, senior girls and the final race at 2:30 PM was the senior boys, which was won by Reynolds Secondary student Brendan Hoff.
Hoff won in convincing fashion over second place finisher and grade 11 student Jack Stanley of Oak Bay, who was followed in by teammate Max McCulloch. Reynolds had the first place finisher, but Oak Bay won the senior boy’s team category. Hoff finished in the time of 20:55 while Stanley and McCulloch finished in the times of 21:24 and 21:31, respectively.
Hoff broke away just before the end of the first of three two-kilometre laps of the 6K race. “I broke away just before the hill, it was a bold move, but I just wanted to have a great last race on this course,” shared Hoff, who has been recruited by over 20 Universities, several from the NCAA as well as Canadian teams. “I am still thinking. If I decide to compete in Canada, the only school I will run for is the University of Victoria.”
When asked about the moment when Hoff pulled away, Stanley said, “I wasn’t going to go with him, he is too fit, but I am pretty happy to get second place.”
McCulloch ran a 45 second personal best on the course. “I saw the move and decided to hold back. I am pretty happy with the decision as that was my best time on this course.”
- Aidan Longcroft-Harris Glenlyon Norfolk 21:47
5. Miles Huyhn DBSS 21:55
6. Tyrell Barley Carihi Secondary 22:10
7. Taylor Lyman Reynolds 22:24
8. Liam Stanley Glenlyon Norfolk 22:25
9. Torin Halvorson Mark. R. Isfeld 22:27
10. Thomas Grabher NDSS 22:35
In similar fashion, grade 11 student Desiree Ridenour of Cowichan High School won the senior girl’s race by nearly half a minute, it was her third island title. Ridenour finished in the time of 15:47 to Hannah Henry’s finish time of 16:13. Henry attends Mount Doug High School and is also in grade 11. Madison Heisterman who represents Queen Margaret’s School in Duncan, finished third overall in the time of 16:23, she is just in grade 10.
Heisterman and Henry took the lead part-way through the first lap, while Ridenour let them battle up the one major hill on the course and used the opportunity to pass the two tired athletes in the second lap. “Maddy and Hannah took off, so I just let them go and they sprinted up the hill, so I waited,” shared Ridenour.
Heisterman is fresh from finishing third at the BC Athletics Cross Country Championships that took place in Nanaimo on Saturday.
Wellington Secondary of Nanaimo won the senior girl’s team category.
- Alyssa Mousseau Wellington 16:25
5. Amy Morris Wellington 16:48
6. Olivia Hill Timberline 17:14
7. Hannah Pow Wellington 17:14
8. Karly Dickenson Wellington 17:15
9. Sarah Darcel Claremont 17:47
10. Holly Henry Mount Doug SS 17:58
The junior boy’s team competition was won by Dover Bay High School, who have been a highly competitive school in the province over recent years including winning the provincial championships in 2014.
Today the first finisher was again from Reynold’s Secondary. Kalum Delaney won in convincing fashion finishing in the time of 14:32 over Joe Robertson of Oak Bay (15:13) and Jackson Isnor (15:28) of Dover Bay.
Delaney took the lead early and built on it throughout the race. For Isnor though, finishing third was a complete surprise. “I was really surprised when I was told at the finish line that I finished in third place,” said the grade 10 student. “I was hoping for top-15.”
- Devin Galway Victor-Brodeur 15:32
5. Jack Crosby Carihi Secondary 15:33
6. Evan Wills Reynolds 15:40
7. Matthew Salmon Vanier 15:41
8. Chris Fisher BRKS 15:43
9. Ethan Hart DBSS 15:45
10. Finn Battersby Stellys 15:47
The junior girl’s race was won by Hope Stewart of John Barsby Secondary. Unlike the three other races, the finish was close between the first two athletes with Stewart finishing in the time of 17:03, to Bridget Mateyko’s 17:05, who attends St. Andrews Secondary. Third place went to Justine Stecko of Oak Bay High School.
Asked about the course conditions Stewart said, “It was slippery as I am not wearing spikes, but it was fun and the downhill portions allowed for faster running to pass people.”
- Sarah Bryan Oak Bay 17:17
5. Ashley Cathro Claremont 17:22
6. Katie Farley FKSS 17:24
7. Danielle Leipoldt Pacific Christian 17:38
8. Cara Butler Oak Bay 17:45
9. Colette Reimer SMS 17:47
10. Ella Mickelberry Oak Bay 17:48
Next up for island athletes are the BC High School Cross Country Championships that will be taking place Saturday, November 7th in Vancouver at Jericho Beach.
Sr. Boys – Oak Bay
Sr. Girls – Wellington
Jr. Boys – Dover
Jr. Girls – Oak Bay