Yesterday the Raiders competed in the SWOSSA cross-country championships at Malden Park.
In the very cold winds the raider runners turned in some great performances and we've got some great results!
The midget boys placed 8th in all of southwestern Ontario and they were led by Cole Jessop whose continued improvement – 40 seconds faster than last week – proves that practicing hard makes all the difference. Benedyct Skyrzpek, Paul Mikhail, Dylan Cai, Daniel Xie and Johnny White also ran well.
The Junior Boys got better and better and they capped there season with an 8th place finish at SWOSSA They were led by Uygur Tepe who ran almost a minute and a half faster from last week and was only a few places from the "SWOSSA REVERSE". Alex "Quattro" Borden, Eray Yilmaz, Evan Tanovich and Andy Little all ran well, improving their times from last week.
Nathan Droulliard a grade 11 running against grade 11s and 12s, ended his season with his best performance by far, nearly cracking the top 30 in all of southwestern Ontario and improving his time by 40 seconds in one week. Great job Nathan!
Our lone senior girl runner, Daniela Papac, another grade 11 running against both grade 11s and 12s, improved her time by over one minute from last week and placed 11th in all of southwestern Ontario. Great race Daniela!
The top finish of the day belonged to the midget girls' team. They finished 5th in all of southwestern Ontario nearly catching the fourth placed team. They were led by Alexa Mongeon, Claire Sion, Sarah Martin, Lia Oschianney and Michaela Buxton. All of the midget girls ran well and improved their performances from WECSSA. They proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in the future.
The highlight of the day came in the midget girls' race. Alex Mongeon definitely turned in the run of the day, the run of the season. Alexa achieved the ever elusive SWOSSA REVERSE. That is, she actually finished better at SWOSSA than at WECSSA. This is an extremely difficult feat but Alexa was on a mission. She placed 6th at WECSSA but then placed 4th in all of southwestern Ontario, just 15 seconds behind the gold medalist. This earned Alexa a trip to Collingwood next weekend to compete in the OFSSAA championships. Congratulations Alexa! You earned it!!
Mr. Conlon and Ms. Lukas would once again like to congratulate all runners on a great team performance.