Hoyas celebrate another great running season with strong OFSAA finish

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The Huntsville Hoyas finished the cross country running season on a positive note after a strong finish at this year’s OFSAA Provincial Championship in Duntroon.

Natasia Varieur (#781) fights through the crowd during an early turn in the race. Image courtesy of Andy Zeltkans

Natasia Varieur (#781) fights through the crowd during an early turn in the race. Image courtesy of Andy Zeltkans

Huntsville sent 25 athletes to the event, the highest contingent in over a decade, after being crowned the GBSSA Overall Combined Girls and Boys Championsip school for the third year in a row.

Four HHS teams advanced to the provincial finals (Midget Boys, Junior Boys and Girls, Senior Girls), while veteran Adam Lavigne qualified as an individual in the Senior Boys category. Each race had just under 300 competitors, featuring some of the best runners in the province according to running coach Pierre Mikhail. Between 35 to 40 school teams were represented in each race.

Huntsville’s top teams featured the Midget Boys, who came 20th with Owen Johnstone and Judah Meaker placing in the low 100s, and the Senior Girls who came 25th with strong performances from Madi Smrtka and Emma Mensour finishing together at 131st and 132nd respectively. The Junior Girls were not far behind in 35th, while the Junior Boys came 29th with the Hoya’s best individual result of the day from Zac Pinheiro in 86th. Adam Lavigne, Huntsville’s lone representative in the Senior Boys category, finished 127th.

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Wyatt Stewart (#778) gains ground as the race progresses. Image courtesy of Andy Zeltkans

“The entire coaching staff was proud of our runners for holding their own against the best high school runners in Ontario,” said Mikhail after the meet.

Another local running club will be looking forward to big cross country meets this month, as the Muskoka Algonquin Runners will be competing in The Athletics Ontario XC Championships tomorrow in Toronto as well as the Canadian XC Championships on November 28 in Kingston. The club will be entering Youth and Masters teams and have an opportunity to medal in several races.
Olivia Crozier (#760) sprints down the home stretch. Image courtesy of Andy Zeltkans

Olivia Crozier (#760) sprints down the home stretch. Image courtesy of Andy Zeltkans

(From left to right): Keegan Chan (#759) and Aidan McClung (#768) keep pace with each other as they run. Image courtesy of Andy Zeltkans

(From left to right): Keegan Chan (#759) and Aidan McClung (#768) keep pace with each other as they run. Image courtesy of Andy Zeltkans

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