OFSAA 2018 Cross Country Championships

November 3, 2018 by  
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Participant List



Midget Boys Heath McAllister, Central SS (London) Badhasa Ibrahim Abbas, Jarvis CI Yannick Meredith, ÉSP De La Salle
Midget Boys Team St Michael’s College School, CISSA Bear Creek SS, GBSSA Neil McNeil HS, TDSSAA
Midget Girls Aysis, Maurice, Humberview SS Cara MacDonald, Glebe CI Kayla Sanderson, Richview CI
Midget Girls Team St Annes CS, WOSSAA Lo Ellen Park SS, NOSSA Collingwood CI, GBSSA
Jr Boys Eric Campbell, Sir Winston Churchill Rudy Saal, CSC Jeanne Lajoie Roman Mironov, Father John Redman CSS
Jr Boys Team Glebe CI, NCSSAA Oakridge SS, WOSSAA Guelph CVI, CWOSSA
Jr Girls Emily Bryce, Saugeen DSS Jadyn Keeler, Innisdale SS Sophie Coutts, Leaside Hs
Jr Girls Team Glebe CI, NCSSAA Leaside HS, TDSSAA ÉS Catholique Theriault, NEOAA
Sr Boys Evan Burke, London South CI Nick Mota, Newmarket HS Santiago Gaitan-Caballer, Notre Dame College School
Sr Boys Team Vincent Massey SS, SWOSSAA St Michaels College, CISSA Sir Winston Churchill SS, SOSSA
Sr Girls Cameron Ormond, Aurora HS Sam Ford, University of Toronto School Olivia Roussel, Humberside CI
Sr Girls Team ÉS Catholique Theriault, NEOAA Kingston CVI, EOSSAA Glebe CI, NCSSAA
Boys Para ID Konkle Owen, Beamsville DSS Cade McSorley, Collingwood CI Jacob Balan, St Marcellinus SS
Girls Para ID Paige Heffernan, Sydenham HS Cassie Kemp, St Catharines CIVS Shannon Swinson, Beamsville DSS
Boys Para VI Joshus Roberto, Monsignor Paul Dwyer CHS Nathan Taylor, W Ross MacDonald Nader Ibrahim, W Ross MacDonald
Girls Para VI Ashlyn Eddy, W Ross MacDonald
Team Para VI W Ross MacDonald For the Visually Impaired
Boys Para AM Zachary Gingras, Bill Crothers SS Jack Revell, Sydenham HS Brandon Lakhram, West Humber CI
Girls Para AM Sarah Gillies, Orangeville DSS Fabienne De Cartier, Malvern CI

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Cameron Ormond makes OFSAA XC history with four consecutive wins

Cameron Ormond made history at the 2018 OFSAA XC Championships

Photo: Maxine Gravina

Cameron Ormond of Aurora High School crossed the finish line in first on Saturday achieving her fourth consecutive OFSAA cross-country win.

The grade 12 student becomes only the second woman in history to secure four OFSAA cross-country titles and the first to achieve four in a row. Ormond said post-race, “I felt so much support from my friends and family so I felt really confident coming into the race.”

She continued, “The race was tactical. The first two loops were narrow. When the last loop came along I used the hill and my strength to pull away from the group towards the finish line.” She will finish her season competing for her club, the Newmarket Huskies, at the Athletics Ontario and Athletics Canada cross-country championships.

Kathy Butler won four OFSAA titles and went on to represent Canada in the 1996 Olympics over 5,000m and Great Britain in the 2004 Olympics over 10,000m. Butler won her titles when there were five years of high school, meaning she was one title shy of make her high school career a perfect five for five.

In terms of post-secondary education, Ormond is leaning toward staying in Canada. “I’m planning to make my decision a little later on, but I think being close to home and having the option to come for holidays would suit me. In Canada my schedule would be more flexible and I feel like I’ll be able to equally

Thériault senior girls golden at OFSAA

The École secondaire catholique Thériault Flammes continued to blaze new trails during the 2018 OFSAA Cross-Country Championships at the Christie Lake Conservation Area on Saturday.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Maxine Dupuis, of École secondaire catholique Thériault, leads a pack of runners of the start line during the senior girls’ 6,250-metre race at the 2018 OFSAA Cross-Country Championships at the Christie Lake Conservation Area on Saturday. Dupuis covered the 6,250-metre course in a time of 23:40, to finish in ninth place and help the Thériault senior girls win the team gold. Overall, Thériault finished fourth in the event that featured the top 1,800 cross-country runners in Ontario.

DUNDAS — The École secondaire catholique Thériault Flammes continued to blaze new trails during the 2018 OFSAA Cross-Country Championships at the Christie Lake Conservation Area on Saturday.

Even muddy trails and chilly temperatures couldn’t slow the roll of the cross-country powerhouse, as for the first time in school history the Lady Flammes managed to win two team medals during the competition that involved 1,800 student athletes.

Thériault’s senior girls ran to a gold medal finish, while the junior girls captured the bronze medal in their division.

In addition, those two medals allowed Thériault’s combined girls (senior, junior and midget) to finish third overall.

Even more impressive, they also help Thériault to finish fourth overall as a school, behind only Ottawa’s Glebe Collegiate Institute, Toronto’s St. Michael’s College — both ‘AAA’ schools — and Sudbury’s Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School.

The coaching staff’s strategy paid off in the senior girls’ 6,250-metre race, as they moved up the top two juniors.

The Flammes finished the event with 147 points — 31 points ahead of Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute, a team suffering its first loss in three years.

Third place went to Glebe Collegiate Institute (293 points).

The Flammes were led by Grade 12 runner Maxine Dupuis who cracked the Top 10 by placing ninth in a time of 23:40.

Junior-age runner Macy Turcotte and Grade 12 runner Kristen Kornell had a strong race, as well, placing 32nd and 35th respectively.

Grade 11 runner Alexa Caron crossed the finish line in 71st place.

An unfortunate injury 500 metres from the finish line prevented Jordyn Bartolomucci from completing the race.

“We are really happy with the gold medal,” said Joel Ruel, head coach of the Flammes.

“We gambled and our strategy paid off. As other coaches told us, we looked like geniuses at the end of it all.

“The injury to Jordyn was unfortunate and it showed the importance of the fifth runner as you need four runners to score as a team.”

O’Gorman’s Mya Dolanjski and Leah Blain placed 144th and 219th respectively, while Timmins High & Vocational School’s Mackenzie Forrest placed 213th and Roland Michener Secondary School’s Zoey MacCoy ended up in 259th position.

To offset moving the Top 2 juniors moving up to the senior girls’ team, the Top 2 Grade 9 runners were moved up to the Flammes junior girls’ team.

The Thériault junior girls’ team surprised everyone — including the coaching staff — by winning the bronze medal with 268 points, one point ahead of Chatham Kent Secondary School.

Glebe Collegiate Institute won gold with 148 points, while Toronto’s Leaside High School captured silver with 197 points.

Grade 9 runners Alexi Dupuis and Marguerite Bourdages-Côté led the Flammes covering the 5,150-metre course in times of 21:36 (45th) and 21:46 (54th) respectively.

Teammate Daniella Rochon was close behind in 64th place, while Danika Lapierre (107th) and Jessica Kim (149th) completed the team.

“This medal was a real surprise,” Ruel said.

“The girls were aiming for a Top 10 finish and they were rewarded with a bronze medal.

“This medal was a complete team effort, as we edged Chatham Kent by one point. All five girls fought for every single spot all the way to the finish line.”

Vincent Chénier led the charge for the Flammes’ senior boys, running the 6,250-metre course in 21:14 to place 50th.

Carson Brunet ran the course in 21:44 (72nd). Completing the Flammes senior squad were Samuel Harterre (174th), Luc Guénette (200th) and Mathieu Delli Quadri (215th).

Thériault ended in 15th place in the team standings.

O’Gorman’s Zach Vincze placed 236th, while TH&VS’ Tyler Marcotte and Jonah Taylor placed 244th and 248th respectively.

The Flammes’ junior boys managed a 31st place result.

Their top runner was Justin Gagnon who ran the 5,150-metre course in a time of 19:56, good for 147th place.

Teammates Drew Chisholm (194th), Joe Bourdon (230th), Benoit Morneau (262nd) and Eli Taylor (269th) rounded out the team.

The O’Gorman Knights ended up in 38th spot.

Team members were Harrison Clark (216th), Gavin Gagnon (235th), Ethan Vincze (242nd) and James Brain (265th).

TH&VS was represented by Ian Little (158th) and Ethan Gunner (252nd).

NEOAA wasn’t represented by any teams in the midget boys’ race, however, Thériault had three individual runners entered.

Alex Lapointe crossed the finish line in 60th place, covering the 4,200-metre course in a time of 15:51.

Noah Boissonneault placed 115th and Nicolas Lajeunesse crossed the line 240th. RMSS’ Carter Armitage was 226th, while O’Gorman’s Braden Lauzon was 239th.

Thériault’s midget girls placed 34th, while the O’Gorman Knights placed 38th.

The Flammes were led by Madison Brunet’s 176th place finish. Her teammates were Sophie Harterre (205th), Morghan Byrnes (207th), Alexa Rice-Robertson (233rd) and Amber Vane (237th).

Running for the O’Gorman were Emily Brunet (180th), Abbey Walsh (244th), Haleigh Lauzon (251th) and Paige Brumwell (264th).

Iroquois Falls’ Avery Lund placed 26th in the three-kilometre para race.

“Our runners had great races,” Ruel said.

“Although October was one of the worst months for training weather-wise in my 20 years coaching at Thériault, our runners showed toughness and kept training through rain, wind and snow.

“They were well prepared to run fast at OFSAA.

“It was great to see two teams receive medals at the end of the day. Since there are no different school classification (‘A’, ‘AA’, ‘AAA’) championships for cross-country running, it’s always rewarding to be able to compete with the bigger ‘AAA’ schools.

“Finishing third in the girls’ overall standings and fourth in the overall combined standings is also rewarding for the program.

“This concludes another very successful cross-country season. We would like to thank everyone who helped us throughout the season and all our sponsors who helped us continue the tradition of excellence in cross-country at Thériault.”


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