Vancouver Thunderbirds Warm-Up to Cross Country Season

The last two weekends saw Thunderbirds athletes get into the swing of cross country season by competing in the Pinetree Classic in Coquitlam and the Whistler Spirit event.

At the Pinetree Classic Marie Louise Forsyth was the first ’99 Girl to cross the finish line in the 1997 to 2000 race; and Nardia Johnson finishing as 6th ’97 girl. In the boys event Nikkil Bohlmann finished as 5th 98 boy, while Willem Palaty finished as 9th ’99 boy.

In the 1994-96 Races, Christian Gravel and Gaelen Moore ran 1st and 2nd in the boys race with Joe Balderston finishing 9th, while in the girls race Kansas McKenzie came out on top with teammate Hannah Pemberton finishing 14th.

The 1990-93 races saw Alex Kilpratick show good endurance in finishing 4th and David Phillips (just returning to racing) finishing 13th. In the Girl’s race; Katarina Wind finishing 4th in her first race as a Tbird.

Results for the Pinetree Classic can be found at:http://www.bcathletics.org/results/2009/pinetree09.xls

At the Spirit Run in Whistler, Marie Loise Forsyth had a great run in winning the Grade 4 to 6 Girls 3km race in just under 16 minutes followed by team mate Eleni Walt in 3rd place. Noah Wilding closed out a great race for the club in this section with a third place finish in the boy’s race.

The Grade 7/8 Girls race saw Anne-Sophie Walt take 2nd place while in the Boys race Pietro Montanarella finished 5th.

Tbirds filled 1st, 2nd and 4th spots in the Grade 9 to 12 Boys race, Christian Gravel and Willy Cliff taking first and second respectively (in their Saints colours) and Alex Kilpatrick running 4th. David Phillips finished continued his return to racing with a 28th place finish and Sam Lu, making his Tbird debut, finished 41st.

In the Girls Grade 9 to 12 race, Kansas McKenzie ran a strong race for third place, with Peggy Noel running a good season opener in 5th. Katarina Wind finished 16th and Nazde Edeer, while managing to stop and help out a fellow runner during the race, ran a good second half of the race to finish 21st.

Results for Spirit Run can be found at:http://www.whistlerspiritrun.com/2009%2 ... ESULTS.pdf

Congratulations to all.

Keep a look out for emails regarding upcoming races.