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KC, Regi runners dominate county cross-country championships
Posted: October 16th, 2014 @ 11:30pm
Cross-country running races, contests that can take more than half an hour to complete, seldom need timing to the precision of hundredths of a second.
One did Thursday.
After taking a little more than 25 minutes to complete the 7.1-kilometre course at Lemoine Point, Ben Workman ultimately prevailed in the senior boys race at the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association championships with a scant 34 one-hundredths of a second margin of victory over Reilly Lacasandile.
Workman's winning time was 25 minutes, 12.09 seconds.
First-year senior Cameron Linscott made it a 1-2-3 sweep of the medals for Kingston Collegiate, as he crossed the line less than two minutes after that.
A veritable crowd then gathered at the finish line, as Jonathan Besselink of Holy Cross led a group of three runners who finished fourth through sixth, just 10 seconds behind Linscott and all within 2.5 seconds of each other.
By sweeping senior boys division, KC clinched the overall team championship, by 18 points (60-42) over Regiopolis Notre Dame. Sydenham finished third with 22 points.
KC runners also swept the top three spots in junior girls division, where Jackie Quesnel won with a margin of victory of more than two minutes, and junior boys division, where Alex Drover finished a little less than 12 seconds ahead of Regi's Paul Bates.
Other race winners were Frontenac's Konnor Weston in midget boys division, in 16 minutes 52.72 seconds, 1:24 ahead of teammate Jack Rowlatt; Branna MacDougall of Regi, who topped a 53-competitor field in senior girls division with a 1:33 cushion over runner-up Cristina Tavares, also of Regi; and MacDougall's sister Brogan in midget girls division, where she was 52 seconds ahead of Regi teammate Bridget Willemse.
A total of 220 runners from 12 schools participated in the one-day meet. They all are eligible to run in the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association championships, next Thursday at Petawawa.
RESULTS-Top three performances in each division of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association cross-country championships, Thursday at Lemoine Point Conservation Area:
Senior Division (7.1 kilometres)-Ben Workman (Kingston) 25 minutes 12.09 seconds, Reilly Lacasandile (Kingston) 25:12.44, Cameron Linscott (Kingston) 25:14.31.
Junior Division (5.9 kilometres)-Alex Drover (Kingston) 23 minutes 7.44 seconds, Paul Bates (Regiopolis Notre Dame) 23:19.00, Isaac Sanderson (Sydenham) 23:26.09.
Midget Division (5.3 kilometres)-Konnor Weston (Frontenac) 16 minutes 52.72 seconds, Jack Rowlatt (Frontenac) 18:16.78, Aaron Poirier (Marie-Rivier) 18:32.06.
Senior Division (5.3 kilometres)-Branna MacDougall (Regiopolis Notre Dame) 18 minutes 38.66 seconds, Cristina Tavares (Regiopolis Notre Dame) 20:11.50, Danielle Gossage (Sydenham) 20:16.44.
Junior Division (4.1 kilometres)-Jackie Quesnel (Kingston) 15 minutes 58.56 seconds, Sage Drake (Kingston) 18:04.03, Waverley Mulligan (Kingston) 18:17.06.
Midget Division (2.5 kilometres)-Brogan MacDougall (Regiopolis Notre Dame) 12 minutes 14.94 seconds, Bridget Willemse (Regiopolis Notre Dame) 13:06.50, Danielle Adam (Kingston) 13:18.75.
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