OFSAA tested at Kitchissippi Ridge Invitational
GARRISON PETAWAWA - Runners from across Ontario tested the course at the Petawawa Golf Club last week in advance of November's Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) cross-country championships.
The Kitchissippi Ridge Invitational hosted 924 sprinters from high schools as far away as Timmins and Toronto. The 2017 OFSAA cross country championships will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4.
“Petawawa and Renfrew County are ready to host the fastest cross-country runners in the province,” said event co-covenor and Valour High School cross-country coach Rick Schroeder. “We couldn't be prouder of this great opportunity to bring a major championship to our community and a chance for our local athletes to compete on the provincial stage here at home.”
Laura Yantha, from Madwaska Valley District High School, captured first place in the senior girls six-kilometre with a time of 22 minutes, 50 seconds, while national champion Jonathan Stoppa ran to a second-place finish in the senior boys with a time of 20 minutes, 43 seconds. Jeanne-Lajoie's Rudy Saal won the midget boys four-kilometre with a time of 13 minutes, 30 seconds, while Keaton McGrath, from Arnprior District High School, claimed second-place with a time of 13 minutes, 56 seconds.
Jeanne-Lajoie's Samantha Csistu took third-place in the midget girls four-kilometre run with a time of 15 minutes, 51 seconds. In other top 20 results, Valour's Sophie Warren claimed eighth in the senior girls, followed by Eily Rauliuk Dunn, from Mackenzie Community School, in ninth place. Sophie Levasseur, from Ecole L'Equinoxe, finished ninth place in the junior girls. Valour's Andrew Bryanton took 12th in the senior boys, followed Jeanne-Lajoie's Adam Saal, in 19th place.
In the three-kilometre para, Fellowes' Paul Ethier captured third place, followed by Fellowes' Cole Leahy (sixth place), Fellowes' Damion Moffat (seventh place), Valour's Victor MacEachern (eighth place), and Fellowes' Alicia Filion (ninth place).
For many of the runners, the Kitchissippi Ridge Invitational was a chance to get a practice run on the course against opponents.
“The Petawawa Golf Club course really provides challenging terrain. It's the perfect place to hold a cross-country race of this magnitude,” added Schroeder. “The runners saw that during this invitational. Now they have an idea what they can expect when we gather here in November.”
The meet is being hosted under a partnership that includes the Upper Ottawa Valley High School Athletic Association (UOVHSAA), Valour High School, Fellowes High School, Jeanne Lajoie Catholic High School and Madawaska Valley District High School. OFSAA is anticipated to attract 1,800 runners.