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Kingston-area runners win five of six races at EOSSAA cross-country

October 25, 2014

Athletes from Kingston Area schools won five of six individual events and three of the six team titles at the annual Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association cross-country championships Thursday at the Petawawa Golf Club.

Regiopolis Notre Dame had two of those individual champions, Branna MacDougall in senior girls division and her sister, Brogan, in the midget girls race, where she and teammate Bridget Willemse finished 1-3.

Brogan MacDougall won her three-kilometre race in 10 minutes 29.37 seconds, while Willemse came home in 11:15.13.

No times were posted for the senior girls race, where Regi placed second in team standings, thereby qualifying for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championship Saturday, Nov. 1, in Waterloo.

Cristina Tavares (eighth), Samantha Mahoney (24th) and Emma Adshade (29th) were the other scoring runners on Regi’s senior girls team.

Regi was the overall champion among AAA teams.

The other individual champions from Kingston-area schools are Cameron Linscot and Jackie Quesnel of Kingston Collegiate, in senior boys and junior girls divisions, respectively, and Konnor Weston of Frontenac, in midget boys division. They all led their school to the team title in their age group.

Competitors were running for spots at the OFSAA meet. Members of the top two teams in each age division qualified, as did the top five individual runners who were not on one of those teams.

KC dominated senior boys division, where Linscott, who completed the 6.855-kilometre course in 22 minutes, 30.53 seconds, and Ben Workman (22:36.36) finished 1-2. The other runners who comprised the first-place team were Riley Lacasandile, who finished eighth, and Ben Pulver, who was 13th.

KC is undefeated this year in senior boys division.

Quesnel, who covered the 3.855-kilometre junior girls course in 15 minutes 17.54 seconds, will lead a KC team to OFSAA that consists of Waverly Mulligan, who finished seventh, Sage Drake (12th) and Amanda Black (19th). Quesnel had a 23-second margin of victory over Kate Thorton of Perth St. John.

The performance of those two teams was instrumental in KC coming within two points of Brockville Thousand Islands for the overall team championship. TISS has won the EOSSAA cross-country crown for the past 17 years,

Weston finished 18 seconds ahead of midget boys runner-up Ben Bellamy of Perth, stopping the clock at the conclusion of the 4.855-kilometre course in 19 minutes, 12.36 seconds. Joining him on the Frontenac team bound for OFSAA are Jack Rowlatt (10th individually), Brennan Laidman (11th) and Evan Fraser (24th).

KC is also going to be sending its junior boys team to Waterloo, after Alex Drover’s second-place performance led the Blues to second place in team standings. Drover finished the 5.855-kilometre course in 21:01.56, a minute behind race winner Johnathan Stoppa of Madawaska Valley. Paul Bates of Regi was third, in 21:04.69.

The other scoring runners for KC were Nathan Smith (13th), Graeme Workman (16th) and Bertug Yoruk (20th).

Other Kingston-area athletes bound for OFSAA are Paul Sagriff of Regi, who was ninth in senior boys division; Isaac Sanderson of Sydenham, who was fourth in the junior boys race (21:08.75), Claudia Murphy of Holy Cross (ninth in junior girls division) and Danielle Adam of KC (ninth in the midget girls race).

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