Cross-country: Crowded boys field, Lewis tops seniors

Third public school race Oct. 15 at Jericho

Racing in the senior division with runners four years older, Van Tech’s Kendra Lewis proved her win in the first outing of the cross-country season was more than rookie chance.

The Grade 8 Talisman won the second public school race of the season, finishing the 4.6-kilometre course at Jericho Beach Park in 18 minutes and 2:10 seconds, 10 seconds faster than Churchill’s Annika Richardson who is in Grade 12. Annelise Lapointe, a Grade 11 racer also from Van Tech, finished third in 20:24.85. The meet was Oct. 8.

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In the junior division, Grade 10 Kitsilano Blue Demon Annika Austin won in 18:25.12, followed by Lord Byng teammates Bridgett Baziw who came second in 19:14.54 and Taylor Williams who was third in 19:29.88.

In a fiercely competitive field, the top four senior boys crossed the finish line within 11 seconds. On the 6.9-km course, Thomas Nobbs took the win for Point Grey in 24:23.79. Kitsilano’s Thomson Harris was right on his heels at 24:24.45, and Jules Verne runner Simeo Pont was third in 24:28.97. Coming in fourth, Lord Byng’s Kieran Lumb finished in 24:34.80.

On the 4.6-km course, Philip Ngo won the junior boys race for Killarney in 17:08.54. Lord Byng’s Ben Paetzel was second in 17:41.78, and Prince of Wales racer Calum McKenzie was third in 17:55.76.

The third meet of the season begins 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Jericho Beach Park.

mstewart@vancourier.com

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