Athletics

National capital athletes earn 7 top-10s at OFSAA XC

By Dan Plouffe

It was a picture-perfect day with sun and blue skies for the 2011 OFSAA cross-country running championships, setting the stage for a perfect race by Glebe\’s Yves Sikubwabo, who defended his provincial title at the Hornets Nest.

“It was like summer,” said Sikubwabo, who strode in close to 25 seconds faster than his nearest competitor, finishing the senior boys’ 7 km in 22 minutes, 25.9 seconds and blasting his own course record by over 1:15 to complete a perfect season of record-setting performances in every event he\’s run.

“When you win, usually you’ve worked so hard and you’re tired, but it wasn’t like that,” Sikubwabo added. “I knew the course and I knew where to go hard, and when I got in front, nobody was following me. I thought maybe I should fall back, but then I said, ‘Why can’t I just sprint and keep going?’

“I’m happy today.”

Nepean\’s Scott Donald ran exceptionally well to place eighth in the same race, while Woodroffe\’s Alex Berhe also got into the senior boys\’ top-20 in 18th and Holy Trinity\’s Mickey Day slipped into the top-50 in 49th.

Sikubwabo, along with Glebe\’s Phil Marshall, David Borish, Colin Foley and Isaac Freda, finished 15th as a team.

Glebe\’s midget girls – Claire Smith, Alexa Livingstone, Tara Robinson, Emma Barrett and Juliana Rhead – produced the national capital\’s top team result while showing definite potential an even higher medal finish in future years by placing fourth.

Smith arrived in a dead heat with Canterbury\’s Erinn Stenham-Fahey but got the nod for 18th, while Canterbury\’s Lia Codrington was .6 seconds back in 21st. Earl of March\’s Erica Van Wyk impressed in her first test against a provincial field to place eighth in the midget girls\’ event, while Nepean\’s Margaux McLean (44th) and Gloucester\’s Natasha Wong (48th) were amongst the first 50 finishers.

Franco-Ouest\’s Emma Galbraith improved her time by almost 15 seconds to sneak into the top-10 in ninth position, while Charlene Rhead\’s individual result matched her 13th place finish with her Glebe senior girls team, which also included Alexa Derksen, Holly McCulloch, Elyssa Loewen and Amy Allen.

The A. Y. Jackson tandem of Brendon Howard and Alec Jarvis placed seventh and 15th respectively in junior boys, while Lycée Claudel\’s Lucas Trapeau and Sir Wilfrid Laurier\’s Scott Leboeuf cracked the top-50 out of 250 runners at #36 and #44.
Aidan Opazo-Baer led the Immaculata team of Ajeuro Abala, Mathieux Desjardins, Aidan Caufield and Josh Lemoine to the top national capital team result at 23rd of 39.

Brookfield\’s Olivia Robertson worked for every last step to beat a pack of junior girls\’ competitors to the line and snatch a top-10 finish, while Garneau\’s Maggie Scheunert and Hillcrest\’s Kelsey Grimes ran well to place 33rd and 38th. Kendra Ridley finished 48th individually although Glebe was missing its full lineup and did not register a team score.

Earl of March\’s four scoring runners all finished within 15 seconds of one another to bring the team of Stefanie Kaminski, Carly Pappas, Kumsal Kavaslar, Keira Niemi and Lydia Jin into 15th place overall.

National capital silver medalist Arjun Walia of Sir Robert Borden ran over a minute faster than last week to place 17th in the midget boys\’ race, followed by 44th-place finisher Alex Bernst, whose Glebe teammates Sebastien Spoerel, Ryan Ford and Patrick Marshall placed 27th as a group.

Look for more coverage this week when the November Ottawa Sportspage hits stands, and check back on SportsOttawa.com in the coming days for more stories and photos.

Full results can be found here.

It was a picture-perfect day with sun and blue skies for the 2011 OFSAA cross-country running championships, setting the stage for a perfect race by Glebe\’s Yves Sikubwabo, who defended his provincial title at the Hornets Nest.

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