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Queen’s sweeps RMC on final weekend of soccer season

Queen’s Golden Gaels came out of their offensive doldrums Sunday afternoon, scoring six times in a 6-3 win over the Royal Military College Paladins in the final game of their Ontario University Athletics women’s soccer schedule at Miklas-McCarney Field.

The Gaels, who had scored just once in losing their previous two games, began the game with a flourish, outshooting the visitors 18-2 in the first half. It was a season best for goals in a game, and it was accomplished without any goals from either of the team’s leading scorers, Jackie Tessier, who did not play, or Jessie de Boer.

Queen’s opened scoring in the game’s 20th minute and led 4-0 at halftime, with goals coming from Tara Bartram, Laura Callendar, Melissa Jung and Regiopolis Notre Dame grad Brittany Almeida.

Bartram and Callendar each scored her second goal of the game in the second half as Queen’s went ahead 6-0 before Brooke Blogg sored three straight goals for RMC.

For Blogg, who scored her first goal of the season Wednesday, it was a four-goal week. She finished the season with almost half of her team’s nine goals, as the Paladins finished 0-15-1.

With a 9-4-3 record, Queen’s placed fourth in the East division and will host Carleton in a quarter-final game Wednesday. The Ravens finished the year 7-5-4, but won just twice since Sept. 24.

Carleton and Queen’s battled to a 1-1 tie in their only meeting of the season, Oct. 1 in Ottawa.

Queen’s men, meanwhile, thoroughly dominated RMC in their regular-season finale, posting a 5-0 victory.

Chris Wellsman, with a pair of second-half goals, Tommy Hong, Marco D’Elia and Rohan Sarna, the latter two on first-half penalty kicks, scored for Queen’s. Queen’s outshot RMC 19-3, and Dan Van Woerkens collected the goaltending win.

As they closed the season with an eight-game unbeaten streak, the Gaels finished third in the East division at 9-2-5. RMC was 3-13.

Queen’s will host sixth-place Nipissing, 4-7-5, in a quarter-final game. During the regular year, the Gaels beat the Lakers 2-0 in Kingston and they gained a 1-1 tie in North Bay.

Gaels have their way with York

By CLAUDE SCILLEY

As Billy McPhee walked off the Richardson Stadium field for the final time Saturday—after completing the 462nd pass of the second-most prolific career in Queen’s football history—those who remained of a Homecoming crowd of 8,151 rose to give him a standing ovation.

A tip of the cap in response would have sufficed, but McPhee wanted to do more than just acknowledge the accolade. As he reached the sideline, the graduating quarterback responded in kind, raising his hands to applaud those in the alumni stands. He then turned to the student bleachers and did the same.

“I know it’s more of a European soccer thing to do,” McPhee said after the Golden Gaels defeated the York Lions 57-10, the 24th victory of his intercollegiate career, “but I truly am so grateful to every single one of them.

“We play football,” he continued. “In Canada, it’s not the No. 1 sport that kids grow up dreaming to play, but for me, for us, it’s what we wanted to play. To have people who care enough, whether it’s about the school or about us or for whatever reason, they decide to come out on a cold October day and support us; it’s mind-boggling. It’s unbelievably humbling.

“I wasn’t really sure if it made sense but I just felt the best way to show my gratitude, other than my words, was maybe a gesture like that, to applaud them, after all the cheering they’ve done for me and for a number of us over the years.”

With 386 yards passing and four touchdowns, it was a career game for McPhee, who purloined one of the game balls as a souvenir of his final home game and promptly gave it to his brother for safekeeping. (McPhee had 380 yards last week against Toronto, after an adjustment for a statistical error; he once had four TD passes in a game, against Laurier in 2011).

In an impassioned pre-game address, Gaels offensive co-ordinator Ryan Sheahan implored those in the room to remember that everyone one day will have a last game, and when you’re playing your last game at home you hope that your teammates rally around you and give you everything they’ve got.

During the week, Sheahan said he and McPhee talked about the emotional impact of playing one’s final game in his home stadium.

“(I said), ‘If you had to architect your last football game at a ball park, what would you want to be remembered for?’ and I thought his performance really lived up to that. He played like a fifth-year man. He looked really great, in front of his home crowd and he had a bunch of family here.

“I’m proud of him.”

Immediately after the game, McPhee said he hadn’t yet experienced the finality of an it’s-over moment.

“We still have another week,” he said, referring to Queen’s final game of the season next Saturday at Carleton, but he said Richardson Stadium “is the best place in the world.”

“I’ve had so much fun here over five years and … this is the best you can hope to go out, getting to see the alumni, playing in front of a huge crowd and playing with your best friends.

“It’s a little surreal but I’m at peace with it. It was a storybook ending for me and for one of my best friends, Alex Carroll. I’m so happy for him to have the game that he did.”

For the third game in a row Carroll, another of a handful of Gaels who played their final game at Richardson Stadium Saturday, established a new personal best, with 209 yards receiving from seven catches, three of them for touchdowns, another career best. His first catch, for an 85-yard touchdown, set the tone of the game in just its second minute.

“It was a great day for us to put on a show,” said Carroll, whose second-quarter touchdown at the back of the south end zone carried him into the stands, where he took an impromptu seat among some alumni.

“It’s been a trying year for some of us. We’re trying to end our careers with a bang, so we just wanted to perform, put on a show for the fans and for me, personally, to take it all in.”

The outcome Saturday was never in doubt, from the time Carroll scored his first touchdown, through the first quarter when York failed go gain first down as Queen’s built a 17-0 lead. Even though the Lions, 0-7, got their first touchdown of the season early in the second quarter, they couldn’t avoid being beaten for the 16th time in a row by the Gaels, a team York has never beaten.

Queen’s dominated in all facets. Besides McPhee’s career-best 386 yards passing, Jesse Andrews rushed for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The defence sacked York quarterback Jahmari Bennett eight times and six other times stopped a ball carrier for no gain or a loss. Queen’s had kick returns of 60, 32 and 46 yards.

It was the kind of performance that, even though a playoff berth is no longer within their grasp, is now one from which the seniors can depart with dignity.

“It’s been a really difficult and trying season,” McPhee said. “To rally around a certain small, select number of individuals put a lot of pressure on us. Without those other seniors in the room, I wouldn’t have been able to do it myself.

“(This season) has really been a great teacher of life, knowing that things don’t always go your way and you’re going to have to rally around people. You really find out who your friends are, and who the men are, because there were a few cowards on our team this year, to be completely honest, guys that really let the team down. There were a lot of men who stepped up … and they’re the guys I would go to war with any day of the week, because they stuck around for the hard part.”

Pat Sheahan said he’s proud of the way his graduating players performed Saturday.

“There are a lot of really good guys, and it was important for them to walk off with a win,” he said. “I’m sure it’s something they’re always going to remember. We talked about it all week and we put particular emphasis on it this morning … that we wanted our seniors to leave the field today with pride, and come off the field (after) an effort they could put their signature on, and I think they all did. They all had big games today.”

Notebook—Queen’s, now 2-5, led 43-7 at halftime. The Gaels got their other touchdown from Doug Corby, on a 19-yard pass from McPhee in the third quarter. Dillon Wamsley kicked field goals of 28, 31 and 39 yards, but he missed on kicks from the 32 and 39. … It’s been a remarkable month for Alex Carroll, who today stands as the leading receiver in Canada with 766 yards. He’s had 503 of those yards in his last three games. His 46 catches places him in a tie for eighth place, all-time, at Queen’s with Chris Ioannides, who caught that many balls in 2009. Through the first four years of an injury-plagued career Carroll had 34 catches for 496 yards. The most catches in a season by a Queen’s player is 63, by Craig Spear in 2003, a total that set the national record at the time. … It was a big day for Kingston-bred players. Luke Ball (Holy Cross) had two quarterback sacks and a tackle for loss; Matt Pendergast (Holy Cross) had an interception and a sack; Aaron Dowd (La Salle) forced a York fumble, blocked a punt and caught three passes for 54 yards. … York’s Joey Ricottone had the distinction of scoring the Lions’ first touchdown of the year, on a 17-yard pass from quarterback Jahmari Bennett early in the second quarter, during the 378th minute of their season.

Gaels 57 York 10

First Quarter

Qns­—TD, Carroll 85 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 1:52

Qns—TD, Andrews 3 run (Wamsley convert) 8:24

Qns—FG, Wamsley 10 11:10

Second Quarter

Yrk—TD, Ricottone 17 pass from Bennett (Naylor convert) 2:32

Qns—TD, Andrews 13 run (Wamsley convert) 5:51

Qns—TD, Carroll 27 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 9:40

Qns—TD, Carroll 18 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 12:54

Qns—Safety, Naylor concedes 13:23

Qns—FG, Wamsley 28 14:59

Third Quarter

Qns—Single, Wamsley misses 32 FG 5:10

Qns—TD, Corby 19 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 13:03

Fourth Quarter

Qns—FG, Wamsley 31 3:44

Yrk—FG, Naylor 28 11:31

Qns—FG, Wamsley 39 14:15

York   0          7          0          3          —        10

Queen’s          17       26       8          6          —        57

Attendance (Kingston) — 8,151.

Statistics

            Yrk     Qns

First downs    14       30

Yards rushing            118     219

Yards passing            191     389

Total offence  254     584

Passes made-tried    14-24 20-39

Interceptions by        0          1

Fumbles-fumbles lost           3-2      2-1

Punts-average yards            10-38 4-28

Penalties-total yards 10-117           8-70

NOTE—Total offence equals yards rushing plus yards passing minus team losses such as yards lost on broken plays.

Individual Statistics

Rushing

York—Bennett 8 carries for 47 yards, Anddrson 4-44, Howard 9-27.

Queen’s—Andrews 18-141, 2 TDs; Pataki 9-50, McPhee 1-12, Hobbs 2-9, Carmichael 1-6, Black 1-5, Carroll 1-(-4).

Passing

York—Bennett completed 14 of 23 passes for 191 yards, 1 TD, 1 inteception; Hoover 0-1.

Queen’s—McPhee 19-33, 386 yards, 4 TDs, 0 interceptions; Hobbs 1-6, 3 yards.

Receiving

York—Carson 4 catches for 73 yards, Ricottone 4-44, 1 TD; Adeboboye 3-29, Hobbs 2-35, Marks 1-10.

Queen’s—Carroll 7-209, 3 TDs; Corby 5-73, 1 TD; A.Dowd 3-54, Gleben 2-17, Hannon 1-21, Carmichael 1-12, Pataki 1-3.

Punting

York—Naylor 10 for 382 yards, avg. 38.2, longest 70.

Queen’s—Wamsley 4-113, avg. 28.2, longest 36.

Interceptions

By York—None.

By Queen’s—Penedergast.

Quarterack Sacks

By York—Austen.

By Queen’s—Ball 2, Wiggan 2, Kwemo, Pendergast, Sauer, Donald.

 

La Salle scores early to defeat Bayridge

La Salle Black Knights scored the first two times they had the football Friday afternoon and they went on to defeat the Bayridge Blazers 22-1 in the only Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior game.

Playing at O’Connor Field at Bayridge, the Knights scored three touchdowns in the first quarter. After that the Blazers played them pretty much even, though La Salle’s defence was never seriously threatened.

The home team got inside the La Salle 25-yard line twice; one drive ended with a fumble and the other on an unsuccessful third-down attempt.

Tim Wight and Shawn Miller scored La Salle’s first two touchdowns, each on a run of about 12 yards. Quarterback Mitch Dowd connected with Jordan Price for the Knights’ other major, a 65-yard TD pass.

Including the forfeit win La Salle will receive for its game next week against the disbanded KC-QE team, the Knights are now tied with Regi at 4-1, second by half a game to Sydenham (4-0, thanks to its forfeit win over KC-QE Friday afternoon). La Salle will conclude its regular season Tuesday at Napanee.

Tuesday’s other game will see Sydenham visit Ernestown, where the Eagles are 2-2.

 

 

Homecoming primer: What you need to know about the football game

COLUMN Claude Scilley

COLUMN
Claude Scilley

Theories abound for why the Homecoming football game retains its charm, long after football ceased being the focal point for campus spirit at Queen’s University.

The fact, however, is undeniable.

“I’ve had more requests for tickets in the last 48 hours than any time in my 15 years here,” coach Pat Sheahan was saying Thursday.

Indeed, as of Wednesday morning, the last of the 8,000 or so tickets for Saturday’s football game with the York Lions were spoken for. This in a year when the home team is 1-5, the opponent is not only winless (0-6) but has yet to score a touchdown, at a decrepit stadium, and at a time of year when chances are the weather will be unpleasant.

Go figure.

It’s been many years since the football team at Queen’s routinely drew 5,000 or so students to each and every game, but alumni still identify with the Homecoming football game. Virtually no other reunion activities are scheduled opposite the football game. Tickets to the game are typically secured before a hotel reservation.

Quite simply, it is an event. It is the catalyst for expressing the school spirit Queen’s is so fond of touting. Bear Bryant was right—it is hard to rally around a math class. “We know that we are a big part of making this a great day,” Sheahan said. “A victory on Saturday would put everybody in a good mood.”

Its reputation is widespread.

Wilfrid Laurier coach Michael Faulds, who, having been a quarterback at Western, knows a thing or two about tradition and homecoming football games, was the opposing coach at last year’s reunion game. “We told our young guys, ‘Stay out here and watch them whip their jackets on the grass,’” he said after the game, of the Queen’s engineers’ ritual of storming the field at halftime and slapping their leather jackets on the turf. “This is a memory,” Faults told them, “that you’ve got to have.”

Because it is an event, students who wouldn’t know a football from a footstool, who wouldn’t know Richardson Stadium from Richardson Beach, who wouldn’t know Bayne Norrie from Don Bayne, clamour for tickets like they were free pitchers in the Hub. A week after exactly zero students were present in the east bleachers, 4,000 of them will squeeze into the stadium to watch a game about which most of them probably couldn’t care less. Remarkably, the game retains that kind of cachet.

Since, for the last several generations, the Homecoming game is the only game a lot of students see in a given season, and for those of them who are coming back this weekend, this will surely be the only time they’ll watch the Gaels play this year. Here, then, is a beginner’s guide, a primer, if you will.

The 15 Things You Need to Know to Enjoy the 2014 Homecoming Game.

  1. The history. York has never beaten Queen’s. Not here, not there; not in the playoffs, not in overtime; not as Yeomen, not as Lions. Never. Ever. At some point, they’ve beaten everybody else. They’ve beaten Mac. Even Western. But York is a big, fat 0-15 all-time against Queen’s. The Gaels have never scored more than the 80 points they scored against York in North York on Oct. 4, 2008; three of the six biggest margins of victory in school history—80-0 in 2008; 67-0 in 2009 (No. 4) and 63-3 in 2011 (No. 6)—have come against the Lions.
  2. The folklore. That doesn’t mean Queen’s-York games haven’t had their moments.
  • Take the game of 2001, when York took the lead with a 54-yard field goal with two minutes to go in the game at Kingston. Tom Denison, off the bench, engineered a drive that resulted in a 14-yard field goal by Roger Levac with three seconds left and a 24-22 win. To that day, Denison had been splitting time with Craig Spear at quarterback; that series launched him on a career that culminated with two Hec Crighton trophies.
  • In 2004, York was leading by two points and had the game won when Ryan Elger missed a field goal in the dying seconds. Inexplicably, instead of conceding a single and retaining the ball with an opportunity to run out the clock for a one-point win, the York return man decided to run the ball out of the end zone. He fumbled on the two-yard line. Queen’s recovered with time enough left for one play. Subbing for Elger, Ryan Sheahan kicked a game-winning field goal with no time left on the clock.
  • Queen’s needed overtime to dispose of the Lions in 2006 after York’s Mike Kosteski kicked a 36-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter, tying the game 13-13. Elger made amends with a 37-yard field goal in overtime, after Kosteski missed a 42-yard attempt that went for a single in a 16-14 loss.
  1. The turnover. The Gaels lost 25 players from last year’s team, an unprecedented turnover in Queen’s football history, perhaps in Canadian intercollegiate history. That’s 25 in a game where you dress 47, and six or seven of them are mere window dressing, given how little they actually play. Among the 25 were 18 players who started in the Yates Cup game, two others who would have done so, had they not been injured, and four players now in the CFL. Against McMaster in Week 5 there were five freshmen starting on defence, and five other players starting this year for the first time. On one hand, 1-5 seems about right; on the other, think of the potential for three years hence.
  2. Tough luck. The Gaels won their first game of the season, coming back twice to beat Windsor 39-30, but that win was taken away when a second review of academic eligibility discovered a player—who had earlier been approved by the bureaucrats—was actually ineligible to play. Then came a loss to Ottawa when officials later admitted they had erred in ruling Queen’s had fumbled on a play that led to the Gee-Gees’ game-winning touchdown. A team that could have, maybe even should have, been 2-0 was suddenly winless and reeling.
  3. The debacle. Queen’s has already sent a couple of Homecoming crowds away happy this year, not the least of which was the one at Guelph, where the Gryphons pinned a 66-0 pasting on the Gaels, the largest margin of defeat in the history of the game at Queen’s, where they’ve been kicking the ball around since 1882. We were three weeks into September and the Gaels are 0-4 and already facing the prospect of winning all their remaining games just to have a chance to make the playoffs. After the game, Coach Sheahan was asked if young teams sometimes need to be badly defeated as part of their growth process. “I hate to say it, and I don’t wish it on anybody, but you do,” he said. “Those are tough lessons to learn. Unfortunately, the ones that hit you right between the eyes are the ones that you remember.”
  4. The rebound. The Gaels showed a lot of spunk after Guelph. They went to Hamilton, which hasn’t exactly been hospitable in recent years, and played a solid game, with considerable resiliency, coming from behind to tie, then answering a subsequent McMaster score to stay close into the fourth quarter. Though they lost, the corner had been turned. The players started to believe that, while they might not be as good as the best, they weren’t as bad as 66-0, either.
  5. The win. ‘So what?’ people said. ‘It’s Toronto.’ ‘You always beat Toronto, and besides they’re not any good this year, either.’ ‘The game didn’t mean anything.’ ‘You were supposed to win.’ Skeptical fans perhaps didn’t understand that was precisely point: Queen’s was supposed to beat Toronto in its last game—and it did. At 48-27, it was fairly decisive, too. Don’t forget this was a team that lost a win to forfeit; blew a big fourth-quarter lead; got hammered in Guelph; played its best game of the year at McMaster and lost anyway, then, with a bye, had two weeks to think about being 0-5 for only the third time since 1957. It’s not easy to come off that mat, but this group did.
  6. Mike Moore. He appears in the program as Michael Moore, but he’s so tired of references to the documentary filmmaker—“I get that a lot,” he said to the last guy who tried to drop one on him, with a tone that said, ‘please don’t do that again’—he prefers Mike. And he’s good enough that you want to do just as he asks. A freshman from Mississauga via St. Michael’s College, he’s 10th in Canada in tackles, has two quarterback sacks, has forced two fumbles, and his one-handed interception last week against Toronto was nothing short of spectacular. It will be tough to muster support for a member of a 1-5 defence for conference rookie of the year, but he’s having that kind of season. He wears No. 45. Have a look.
  7. The short list. Part of the tradition of Homecoming is to introduce not the offence or defence, but the graduating players. Last year, you could have gotten a hotdog—even at the snail-slow Richardson Stadium concession stand—and eaten it by the time public-address man Tim Cunningham was finished reading the list. This year’s group is much smaller: Alex Carroll, Billy McPhee, Mike Leroux and Derek Wiggan are the only fifth-year men. Marco Ciallella is due to graduate with eligibility remaining; Justin Gleben, Yann Dika-Balotoken, Aaron Dowd and Luke Ball—his father is Rob, was a member of the 1978 Vanier Cup team—are in their fourth year of eligibility but could return.
  8. Billy McPhee. The fifth-year quarterback from Burlington who came to Queen’s in 2010 when the Waterloo program was suspended for a year (after some of its athletes tested positively for banned substances), has 1,684 yards passing this year, fourth-best in Canada. Last week he passed Denison and moved into second place, all time, at Queen’s, reaching 7,749 yards. As gracious a human being as he is a gifted athlete, he’s also a keen student of the history of the game. You can be sure his final home game will be an emotional event.
  9. Dillon Wamsley. Queen’s kicker has the best average punt in Ontario, the fifth-best in Canada, at 40.9 yards. Not only has he bailed his team out of many a desperate situation this year, he’s saved a couple of touchdowns with last-man tackles. If he maintains that average, it will be the third best in recorded Queen’s history, and the best in a season since 1969.
  10. The plan. When a team has so many new players, generally there can be two ways to approach the season: Create a new plan that accommodates the inexperience of the new players, or stay with the tried-and-true until the new guys get it right. The Gaels appear to be following the latter path. Ultimately, the wisdom of that won’t be known for two or three years. Will we look back and say it was square pegs that would have never fit those round holes? Or are they round pegs that just need to be sharpened a bit to fit? Discuss among yourselves.
  11. Alex Carroll. After a reasonably nondescript start to the season, he’s put together back-to-back career games of 145 and 149 yards, and with 557 yards for the year, he’s fourth in the conference and seventh in Canada in yards receiving. With games remaining against York and Carleton, the 21st and 22nd (of 27 teams) in Canada when it comes to allowing passing yardage, he could well put himself in position for all-star consideration. He wears No. 9.
  12. The defence. Uncharacteristic, in that it’s uncommonly bad. It’s not like a Queen’s team to allow the third-most yards per game in the nation (604), the second-most passing yards per game, the third-most rushing yards and the sixth-most points per game (38.5) as this year’s team has done. (See above reference to the number of rookies starting these days.) If Queen’s is going to win, you can bet it will be in a shootout.
  13. Derek Wiggan. It’s the last opportunity for Queen’s fans to see one of the premier defensive players in the country—perhaps the best at the intercollegiate level—perform. He quietly goes about his job of terrorizing opponents with both skill and dignity, without bravado, and when he’s not doing that his ever-present smile and jovial nature make him a pleasure to be around. Everyone was rooting for him to score a touchdown—a rare treat for defensive linemen—at McMaster when an inadvertent whistle stopped the play. After recovering another fumble against Toronto, he was finally stopped on the three-yard line after about a 30-yard return. If he happens to make it into the end zone Saturday, this will explain why his teammates are so excited.

Welcome back, alumni. Enjoy the game.

Regi girls still unbeaten

Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers extended their season-long winning streak to seven games Thurdsay with a 43-23 win over the Sydenham Golden Eagles in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association girls senior A basketball game in the old gym at Regi.

Bridget Mulholland and Hailey Wolfgram were the top scorers for the Panthers, who posted their second win of the season over Sydenham, whose record fell to 1-6.

“We started the game with intense defence and excellent ball movement,” Panthers coach Lesley Stevenson wrote in an email. “(We were) able to get everyone in the game without the speed of the game decreasing.”

Playing with just seven players, Sydenham was able to keep pace with Regi in the first quarter but ultimately the Eagles fell victim to fatigue under the Panthers’ relentless attack.

Elsewhere in senior A division, the Holy Cross Crusaders, 6-1, stayed within a game of league-leading Regi with a 48-15 home-court win over the Frontenac Falcons and the La Salle Black Knights beat the Bayridge Blazers 23-11. It was the Crusaders’ second win of the season over Frontenac, which is now 2-5.

Next week, the La Salle Black Knights, last year’s finalists who are 4-3 this time, get a chance to gain some ground on the top teams when they visit Holy Cross Tuesday. On Thursday, the Crusaders get a second crack at Regi, the team responsible for the only blemish on their record this year.

In senior B play Thursday, the Loyalist Lancers edged the visiting Ernestown Eagles 25-24 and the Kingston Blues defeated the Queen Elizabeth Raiders 44-12. Granite Ridge gained a victory, the Gryphons’ first of the year, by forfeit over the disbanded Napanee Golden Hawks.

LC got nine points from Bridget Way-Brackenbury as the Lancers kept pace with KC atop senior B standings, each team with a 7-1 record. Dana Falles scored seven points to lead Ernestown, which slipped to 4-3.

KC, Regi runners dominate county cross-country championships

Cross-country running races, contests that can take more than half an hour to complete, seldom need timing to the precision of hundredths of a second.

One did Thursday.

After taking a little more than 25 minutes to complete the 7.1-kilometre course at Lemoine Point, Ben Workman ultimately prevailed in the senior boys race at the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association championships with a scant 34 one-hundredths of a second margin of victory over Reilly Lacasandile.

Workman’s winning time was 25 minutes, 12.09 seconds.

First-year senior Cameron Linscott made it a 1-2-3 sweep of the medals for Kingston Collegiate, as he crossed the line less than two minutes after that.

A veritable crowd then gathered at the finish line, as Jonathan Besselink of Holy Cross led a group of three runners who finished fourth through sixth, just 10 seconds behind Linscott and all within 2.5 seconds of each other.

By sweeping senior boys division, KC clinched the overall team championship, by 18 points (60-42) over Regiopolis Notre Dame. Sydenham finished third with 22 points.

KC runners also swept the top three spots in junior girls division, where Jackie Quesnel won with a margin of victory of more than two minutes, and junior boys division, where Alex Drover finished a little less than 12 seconds ahead of Regi’s Paul Bates.

Other race winners were Frontenac’s Konnor Weston in midget boys division, in 16 minutes 52.72 seconds, 1:24 ahead of teammate Jack Rowlatt; Branna MacDougall of Regi, who topped a 53-competitor field in senior girls division with a 1:33 cushion over runner-up Cristina Tavares, also of Regi; and MacDougall’s sister Brogan in midget girls division, where she was 52 seconds ahead of Regi teammate Bridget Willemse.

A total of 220 runners from 12 schools participated in the one-day meet. They all are eligible to run in the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association championships, next Thursday at Petawawa.

 

RESULTS—Top three performances in each division of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association cross-country championships, Thursday at Lemoine Point Conservation Area:

BOYS

Senior Division (7.1 kilometres)—Ben Workman (Kingston) 25 minutes 12.09 seconds, Reilly Lacasandile (Kingston) 25:12.44, Cameron Linscott (Kingston) 25:14.31.

Junior Division (5.9 kilometres)—Alex Drover (Kingston) 23 minutes 7.44 seconds, Paul Bates (Regiopolis Notre Dame) 23:19.00, Isaac Sanderson (Sydenham) 23:26.09.

Midget Division (5.3 kilometres)—Konnor Weston (Frontenac) 16 minutes 52.72 seconds, Jack Rowlatt (Frontenac) 18:16.78, Aaron Poirier (Marie-Rivier) 18:32.06.

GIRLS

Senior Division (5.3 kilometres)—Branna MacDougall (Regiopolis Notre Dame) 18 minutes 38.66 seconds, Cristina Tavares (Regiopolis Notre Dame) 20:11.50, Danielle Gossage (Sydenham) 20:16.44.

Junior Division (4.1 kilometres)—Jackie Quesnel (Kingston) 15 minutes 58.56 seconds, Sage Drake (Kingston) 18:04.03, Waverley Mulligan (Kingston) 18:17.06.

Midget Division (2.5 kilometres)—Brogan MacDougall (Regiopolis Notre Dame) 12 minutes 14.94 seconds, Bridget Willemse (Regiopolis Notre Dame) 13:06.50, Danielle Adam (Kingston) 13:18.75.

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