Thunderbirds Shine at BC Cross Country Championships

Over twenty Thunderbird athletes took part in the BC Cross Country Championships held at Jericho Park on a beautiful fall day. 

The JD’s as a team had a great showing finishing second team overall behind Ocean Athletics.

Individual highlights in the JD events were the performances of Christian Gravel, Kansas McKenzie, Peggy Noel, Gaelen Moore, Trevor Knetchel and Marie Louise Forsyth who each took home medals in their respective events. 

Christian cruised to a 20 second win over his nearest rival in the 15 y/o boys race, with teammate Gaelen Moore finishing in third, only 6 seconds back from the silver medal spot. Kansas McKenzie won the 15 y/o girls event cleanly with Peggy Noel, recently back from the flu, in third spot. Katrina Allison in 4th and Emily Huser in 8th rounded out a great team performance in this event. Marie Louise Forsyth took home a bronze in the girls 10 y/o event. Trevor Knetchel also took home the bronze in the boys 14 y/o race. Strong runs also from Michael Mitchell in finishing a 4th in the 9 y/o boys race, with a fast kick at the end, and Madison Wong; finishing 7th in the Girls 13 y/o race.

A nice lunch at Whitespot was enjoyed by 20+ club members after the event.

Congratulations to everyone on an excellent season.

Full results can be found at: 

http://www.bcathletics.org/main/xcchamps.htm


Event 2 Boys 9 2000 Meter Run
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Name Year Team Finals 
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4 560 Mitchell, Michael Thunderbirds 7:49.87 

Event 3 Girls 10 2000 Meter Run
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Name Year Team Finals 
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1 502 Steer, Danielle Ocean Athletics 7:58.67 
2 453 Champoux, Megan langley Mustangs 8:01.46 
3 679 Forsyth, Marie Lou Thunderbirds 8:09.17 
18 562 Walt, Eleni noëlle Thunderbirds 9:01.51 
24 674 Belliveau, Sophie Thunderbirds 9:44.42 

Event 4 Boys 11 2000 Meter Run
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Name Year Team Finals 
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12 675 Bohlmann, Nikhil Thunderbirds 8:42.21 

Event 5 Girls 12 2000 Meter Run
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Name Year Team Finals 
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11 561 Walt, Anne-Sophie Thunderbirds 8:37.82 
16 673 Belliveau, Maddie Thunderbirds 8:54.51 

Event 5 Boys 12 2000 Meter Run
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Name Year Team Finals 
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13 685 Montanarella, Piet Thunderbirds 9:18.90 

Event 6 Girls 13 4000 Meter Run
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Name Year Team Finals 
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7 687 Wong, Madison Thunderbirds 18:17.81 

Event 6 Girls 14 4000 Meter Run
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Name Year Team Finals 
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16 678 Edeer, Nazde Thunderbirds 21:12.20 

Event 6 Girls 15 4000 Meter Run
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Name Year Team Finals 
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1 683 MacKenzie, Kansas Thunderbirds 15:19.80 
3 681 Noel, Peggy Thunderbirds 16:13.72 
4 671 Allison, Katrina Thunderbirds 16:35.98 
8 680 Huser, Emily Thunderbirds 18:11.56 

Event 7 Boys 14 4000 Meter Run
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Name Year Team Finals 
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1 622 Miles, James West Vancouv 14:16.40 
2 621 Morris, Sam West Vancouv 14:17.65 
3 682 Knetchel, Trevor Thunderbirds 14:47.94 

Event 7 Boys 15 4000 Meter Run
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Name Year Team Finals 
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1 559 Gravel, Christian Thunderbirds 13:26.71 
2 468 DeSchiffart, Joel Nanaimo Trac 13:44.81 
3 686 Moore, Gaelen Thunderbirds 13:50.61 

Place Team Points
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1 Ocean Athletics OA 76 
2 Thunderbirds TBRD