The highschool cross-country season is coming to a close, with the OFSAA Cross Country Championships this Saturday, in Sarnia. Not surprisingly, some of the top youth and junior triathletes in the province have found their way on to the podium in recent weeks, and will be looking to factor into the top finishing positions at OFSAA.
I'm not sure if there have ever been this many Ontario triathletes finishing at the top of so many regional cross country meets. Here's a quick summary of some of the top results. I've likely missed a few athletes, so feel free to contact me with the details. Here are the results I could find, in no particular order.
Taylor Reid, 1st, Senior Boys, ROPSSAA: C3 Club
Pauline Skowron 1st Senior Girls, ROPSSAA: C3 Club
Connor Hammond, 1st Senior Boys, WOSSA: London Runner
Alexander Hinton, 2nd Senior Boys, EOSSA
Ian Donald, 1st Senior, NCSSAA
Joanna Brown, 1st Senior Girls, NCSSAA: Bytown Storm
Lindsay Anderson, 5th Senior Girls, NCSSAA
Sasha Boulton, 4th Midget Girls, GHAC: Fun2TriClub
Kaitlyn Oliver, 1st, Junior Girls, YRAA: Speedplay Triathlon
Adrian Gavrilov, 5th, Midget Boys, YRAA
Taylor Forbes, 1st, Junior Boys, SOSSA: Hamilton Hammerheads
Austen Forbes, 2nd, Junior Boys, SOSSA: Hamilton Hammerheads
David Mackie, 6th, Junior Boys, SOSSA: Fighting Koalas and OREA Racing
Chelsea Mackinnon, 2nd, Junior Girls, SOSSA: Hamilton Hammerheads
Rui Xu, 1st, Midget Boys, SOSSA: Hamilton Hammerheads
Blair Morgan, 3rd, Junior Boys, EOSSA
Tristan Woodfine, 1st, Junior Boys, EOSSA: Bytown Storm
These athletes have also garnered a fair bit of local media attention. Ian Donald and Joanna Brown are featured in the Ottawa Citizen. Chelsea Mackinnon was recognized at the Athlete of the Week for Westdale Collegiate in the Hamilton Spectator, and several athletes were featured in this Spec article on the SOSSA race. Not to be outdone, the Kingston Whig Standard reported on "Alexander Hinton and his band of brothers".
Local media attention is always appreciated; Thank you Hamilton Spec, Ottawa Citizen and Kingston Whig. Congrats to all athletes and coaches on their performances, and best of luck at OFSAA.