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Local athletes race to the finish line at OFSAA cross-country

By Celina Ip

GARRISON PETAWAWA – Two thousand runners took on the trails of the Petawawa Golf Course for the 2017 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations OFSAA) cross-country running championships.

Widely known as ‘running county’, many Renfrew County athletes dominated the course’s challenging hills and trails to place among the top standings of several individual races – with the majority of those local runners hailing from Valour School.

Out of a total of 36 teams, Valour School achieved 15th place for the senior women’s six-kilometre team race, 26th place for the junior men’s five-kilometre team race and 17th for the senior men’s six-kilometre team race.

Competing against more than 250 other runners, the midget women’s four-kilometre individual race saw St. Michael’s Catholic School’s Ellie Brown finish in 20th place and Jeanne-Lajoie’s Samantha Csisztu in 22th.

The midget men’s four-kilometre individual race saw Jeanne-Lajoie’s Rudy Saal proudly represent his community with an impressive second place finish, followed by Bishop Smith's Justin Wrigglesworth in 150th place, Jeanne-Lajoie's Guillaume Dostie in 180th place and fellow Chevalier William Pigeon in 185th place of the 265 runners.

For the junior men’s five-kilometre individual race, Equinoxe’s Guillaume Pelchat was the 81st runner to cross the finish line, Valour’s Liam Serviss was the 117th runner to complete the race and fellow Voyageurs Tommy Campbell was the 162th runner and James Hudson was the 176th of 268 participants.

The senior men’s six-kilometre individual race saw local favourite Jonathan Stoppa – of Madawaska Valley District High School (MVHDS) – place fourth, Jeanne-Lajoie’s Adam Saal placed 93rd, Valour’s Ben Lee came in 113rd place and fellow Voyageurs Charles Osbourne came in 118th followed by Henry Thomas finished in 122nd place and Nick Bauernschmitt as the 191rd of 278 runners to complete the race.

The senior women’s six-kilometre individual race saw MVDHS’ Laura Yantha place fourth, Mackenzie School’s Eirlys Rauliuk-Dunn placed 56th, Valour’s Catherine Bell placed 83rd and fellow Voyageurs Sophie Warren with 97th place followed by Kianna Yemen with 171 and Alyssa Morris who came in 197th position of the 271 runners.

For the men’s three-kilometre individual para race, Fellowes’ Paul Ethier came in 12th followed by fellow Falcon Cole Leahey who came in 13th place. The women’s three-kilometre individual para race saw Fellowes’ Alicia Filion finish in fifth place and Madison Fleury in 7th place.

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