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.
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