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National Cross Country News 2016

It was a cool and wet day underfoot at Fort Henry in Kingston (Ontario). Erin V. ran an excellent race, finishing in 30th place against women up to four years older than her. Erin ran her fastest time ever for 6km this day, 22:36; a time that would be the envy of many university athletes. Noah H. also had a fine run, running his fastest time ever for 6km in the youth race. Jennie BP ran in her final cross country race as a team-eligible junior woman and she can look back with pride at running for Canada three times, including the World Junior Championships in 2015 in China. Congratulations on a fine junior cross country career, Jennie.

Senior Cross Country Group News from Age Class 2016

Following up on the fine performances at MHSAA, the Senior distance group continued it’s winning ways.

Here is a brief summary of the Age Class Championships held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Harbourview:

Provincial Champions
Erin Valdardson – Senior Women (Running two age classes up)
Josh Samyn – Youth Men
Sierra Sutherland – Youth Women
Ceci Howes – Midget Women

Silver Medalists
Noah Hoffman
William Boyle

Bronze Medalists
Tristan Chambers
Margrett Watt

Notables to the top 13
Jack Taylor – 4
Alyssa Moon – 4
Noel Kendle – 5
Heath Kurys -5
Jasper Roadley – 7
Naomi Epp – 7
Justin Benjamin – 8
Brooke Lambert – 11
Peter Kolodziez – 11
Robert Bornn – 12
Ella Thompson – 12
Karanbir Rangi – 13

In the team category, WOA teams won the team championships in the Youth Men, Midget Men, Midget Women, and Bantam Men categories.

Results from MHSAA Cross Country Provincials 2016

Fun Fact…. Gals from our training group have won the varsity girls race for the past eight years, and the junior varsity girls race for the past four years!

Athletes from the senior middle distance group who finished among the top twenty:

JV Girls
Cecilia Howes – 1
Margrett Watt – 8
Brooke Lambert – 19

JV Boys
Will Boyle – 3

Varsity Girls
Erin Valgardson – 1
Sierra Sutherland – 3
Alyssa Moon – 8
Tristan Chambers – 10
Ella Thompson – 13
Sila Rogan – 18

Varsity Boys
Noah Hoffman – 4
Jack Taylor – 5
Jasper Roadley – 7
Noel Kendle – 10
Karanbir Rangi – 17
Justin Benjamin – 20

Teschuk races in Rio!

WOA alum Erin Teschuk, competed this summer in the Olympic Games in the 3000m steeplechase.  This completes a remarkable year in which she competed at the Olympics, the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, the Diamond League in London, and the Pan-Am Games in Toronto.  She was a 7-time over All-American at North Dakota State University.

Erin has signed a professional contract with Asics and will be training in South Carolina at Furman University.  All the best, Erin, as you start this new chapter of your life!

Valgardson Medals at Legion Nationals 2016

Erin Valgardson received a bronze medal for her 2:13.94 personal best performance in the 800m at the Royal Canadian Legion Youth Championships held August 7-9, 2016 in St-Therese, PQ.  She also had a 6th place finish in an outdoor personal best time in the 1500m of 4:44.83 .

Ceci Howes set a new provincial record in the 1500SC in finishing 5th at the same meet in a time of 5:09.62 .  This was also a personal best.