By Charlie Pinkerton
Glebe Collegiate won the senior girls division in a comfortable fashion, but the race was still “sad” for two of the team’s top runners, who ran in NCSSAA competition for the final time.
The Gryphons’ Rosalyn Barrett finished with a sprint as the exclamation point on her almost 20-second victory.
“I just ran strong and kept up my pace,” Barrett said. “I felt really good during the race.”
Her finish caps an already successful season in which she won St. Michael Catholic’s Turkey Trot and the National Capital Challenge.
Her Glebe teammate Teagan Shapansky finished about a minute and a half later in 7th place.
“It wasn’t my best race but it’s just great to be out here with the team,” Shapansky said.
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Barrett says she plans to either take a gap year or go to university next year somewhere in Ontario, where she could continue to run cross-country. Shapansky will be attending the University of South Dakota, where she’ll race as part of the triathlon team.
“We’re really sad it’s our last cities,” Barrett said.
“Yeah, we’re really sad. It’s been a really good four years,” Shapansky said.
Both ran at the city championships each of their four years at Glebe Collegiate.
Glebe’s senior girls’ team was without their top runner at last year’s OFSAA championships and fell to 7th place overall. This time around Barrett and Shapansky said they would be happy with a top 5 team finish.
Glebe’s Jasmine Lyons (8) and Sarah Macintosh (15) rounded out the team’s scorers, to give them a 1st place score of 31. Sarah Moore (16) qualified to be the team’s fifth runner at the OFSAA championships.
Lisgar Collegiate qualified for OFSAA with a score of 62, which was good for 2nd place. Emma Betty (2), Rhea Grace (17), Isabel Smith (18) and Chloe McKenzie (25) were their point-scoring runners. Lia Ferguson (47) qualified to be the team’s fifth runner at the OFSAA championships.
St. Francis’s Skye Pellerin (3), St. Peter’s Katie Newlove (4), Earl of March’s Olivia Macaskill, Louis-Riel’s Megan Roy (6) and All Saints’ Hollyann Shields (9) each placed in OFSAA championship-qualifying positions as individual runners.
Find more coverage of the 2018 NCSSAA XC Championships via: https://sportsottawa.com/2018/10/26/glebe-gryphons-win-all-six-division-titles-at-the-city-high-school-cross-country-championships/