Area high schools show well at GBSSA
GISELE WINTON SARVIS PHOTO/SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE-BULLETIN Collingwood Collegiates Anna Carruthers (122) charges up the hill on her way to a 3rd place finish and a trip to the OFSSA championship next weekend. More than 500 runners converged at Highlands Nordic in Duntroon for the GBSSA championships Thursday.
CLEARVIEW TWP. - Fall colours were in full splendor when than 500 runners converged at Highlands Nordic in Duntroon for the Georgian Bay Secondary School Association’s (GBSSA) cross country running championships Thursday.
Runners started on the flats but the course wound its way up, around and down hills to end at the chalet on a cloudy, eight-degree Celsius day.
The top five runners in each division and top two schools move on to the Ontario Federation of Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships in Petawawa on Saturday, Nov. 4.
“For our school it’s been a fantastic day,” said Todd Hammond, physical education instructor at Collingwood Collegiate Institute (CCI).
“Our kids have been training really hard for the last two months. We’ve been trying to work on ourselves to be a team. It’s an individual sport but we run together and train together and we are really proud of how our teams did today.”
CCI teams qualified for the provincial championships in four out of six possible divisions; midget boys, junior girls, junior boys, senior girls.
Five individual athletes from CCI will also be competing; Sage Fry in midget boys, Sofie Ohrling and Allison McMullin for junior girls, Anna Carruthers for senior girls and Erik Ohrling for seniors boys.
Ohrling placed second behind Innisdale’s Myles Strano. Carruthers placed third behind Charlotte Wood and Gracelyn Larkin, both of Bracebridge Secondary.
Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary midget Emma Gosselin won her four-kilometre race, capping a season of consistent wins in the Georgian Bay series.
“It’s a pretty tough race. It’s muddy and hilly. It was pretty chilly,” she said.
Hammond said organizers expanded the qualifying series this year from Simcoe County to also include all of Muskoka/Parry Sound in a five-race Georgian Bay series.
“We go from Bradford to Huntsville. It’s a massive area of kids,” said Hammond.
“So now all the schools in Huntsville, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Parry Sound, Muskoka is coming to all the races. And we added a race in Huntsville.
“We get to see each other earlier and spend more time racing together. It makes it a bit more competitive and really prepares all the schools for this,” he said during the awards ceremony.
The awards presented at Highlands Nordic also included individual and team awards for the Georgian Bay race series.
Collingwood won multiple boys and girls overall awards and the Golden Boot, which it has won 15 times in the last 17 years.
Gosselin won the midget girls award.
ATHLETES MOVING ONTO OFSAA
The top five athletes in each and the top two school teams will be competing at the Ontario Federation of Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships in Petawawa on Saturday, Nov. 4.
MIDGET GIRLS 4K
1. Emma Gosselin of Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary with a time of 16:15.
2. Elissa Frielink of Unity Christian in Barrie with a time of 16:18.
3. Jadyn Keeler of Innisdale Secondary with a time of 17:27
4. Olivia Karn of Orillia Secondary with a time of 17:59.
5. Lauren McConnell of Eastview Secondary with a time of 18:00.
1. Innisdale Secondary
2. Eastivew Secondary
MIDGET BOYS 4K
1. Connor Hayes-Laverdiere of Nouvelle Alliance in Barrie with a time of 14:58.
2. Jack Marwick of Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary in Orillia with a time of 15:25
3. Tiago DeOliveira of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary in Barrie with a time of 15:55.
4. Sage Fry of Collingwood Collegiate Institute with a time of 16:09.
5. Zak Varieur of Huntsville High with a time of 16:15.
1. Collingwood Collegiate Institute
2. Patrick Fogarty Catholic of Orillia
JUNIOR GIRLS 5K
1. Kileigh Harrington of St. Josephs Catholic in Barrie with a time of 21:00.
2. Amber Fisher of Bear Creek Secondary in Barrie with a time of 21:11.
3. Kelly Lawson of Eastview Secondary in Barrie with a time of 21:12.
4. Sofie Ohrling of Collingwood Collegiate with a time of 22:32.
5. Allison McMullin of Collingwood Collegiate with a time of 22:34.
1. Bear Creek from Barrie
2. Collingwood Collegiate
JUNIOR BOYS 5K
1. Matt Larkin of Bracebridge and Muskoka Secondary in Bracebridge with a time of 17:27.
2. Cameron Heinz of Huntsville High with a time of 17:28.
3. Keith Johnson of St. Peter’s Catholic in Barrie with a time of 18:42
4. Jack Cascadden of St. Joseph’s Catholic in Barrie with a time of 18:53.
5. Devin Bolyea of Patrick Fogarty Catholic in Orillia with a time of 18:54.
1. Huntsville High
2. Collingwood Collegiate
SENIORS GIRLS 6K
1. Charlotte Wood of Bracebridge and Muskoka Secondary in Bracebridge with a time of 23:40.
2. Gracelyn Larkin of Bracebridge and Muskoka Secondary in Bracebridge with a time of 24:23.
3. Anna Carruthers of Collingwood Collegiate with a time of 24:49.
4. Natalie Whitten of Banting Memorial in Alliston with a time of 26:01.
5. Camryn Williams of Twin Lakes Secondary in Orillia with a time of 26:09.
1. Collingwood Collegiate
2. Parry Sound Secondary
SENIORS BOYS 6K
1. Myles Strano of Innisdale Secondary in Barrie with a time of 20:19.
2. Erik Ohrling of Collingwood Collegiate with a time of 20:34.
3. Ryan Mutuchky of St. Joan of Arc in Barrie with a time of 20:52.
4. Sam Cumming of Eastview Secondary in Barrie with a time of 21:01.
5. Ethan Loucks of Eastview Secondary in Barrie with a time of 21:02.
1. Eastview Secondary
2. Huntsville Secondary
PARA MIXED 3K GIRLS
1. Clarista Ardiel of Almaguin Highlands Secondary in South River.
2. Lillias Culham of Stayner Collegiate.
PARA MIXED 3K BOYS
1. Hudson Booth of Almaguin Highlands Secondary.
2. Jacob Marshall of Almaguin Highlands Secondary.
3. Jesse Card of Almaguin Highlands Secondary.
4. Mason Jacobs of Orillia Secondary.