Alisa Lyesina at Island Cross Country Championships. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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Oak Bay High School is known for their basketball and soccer prowess – they should also be notorious for their running. Over the past 19 years at the provincial track and field championships, they have won at least 11 times.

May 30 to June 1, the championships took place in Kelowna and once again Oak Bay was a powerhouse.

Alisa Lyesina won double-gold in the 800-metre and 1500-metre events at the 2019 edition.

It is her third year in a row winning the event. In 2017, she won the 800m in 2:14.82, last year in 2:11.56. On Sunday she finished in 2:14.14, exactly one second in front of Sophie Konrad of Carson Graham High School and another half a second ahead of Ceili McCabe of Little Flower Academy.

Lyesina won the 1500m is 4:38.43, one-tenth of a second over Konrad (4:38.53) and more than two seconds in front of Rachel Mortimer (4:40.78).

Lyesina is a versatile runner as she won the Island Zone championships in Cross Country last fall, then went on to finish fourth in the time of 24:07. The fifth-place finisher just happened to be Konrad three seconds back. Oak Bay finished third in the event.

Keaton Heisterman of Brentwood College finished second in the 1500m event to Antone Minfray of Carihi Secondary. They finished in 3:59.36 and 4:00.05, respectively. The third place finisher was Oak Bay’s Jack Boden in 4:00.76.

Heisterman also finished second in the 800m event to Nico Aron of Maple Ridge Secondary. Aron won in the time of 1:56.97, while Heisterman crossed the line in 1:57.08. Brandan McLaughlin finished third in 1:58.24. He attends Heritage Woods.

Reynolds Road Runner Chase Haagensen who is still in Grade 11 won double-gold in the senior boys 100m finishing in an impressive 10.9 and 400m in 48.83. He also won silver in the 200m with an outstanding performance of 22.30.

Full results are available here>>