Forsyth debuts with Top 5 finish at BC High School XC Championships

Conditions were unseasonably cold for the lower mainland athletes but the course at Jericho was in fine shape having dried up from Thursday's rain storm. Snow flurries began to fall just as the first race was about to begin creating a pleasant, wintery atmosphere.


Grade 8 Sophie Forsyth (York House) had a great race in her first ever BC HS Championships, placing 4th in the Junior Girl's (Grade 8-10) competition in a field of nearly 250 athletes. Her finishing time was 18:10, just ten seconds back from the overall winner, Anna Maslechko , a 10th grader from West Point Grey Academy. Coincidently, Maslechko competes for the Thunderbirds during the track season, while opting to run Cross Country with her school team. Both girls are coached by Stan Jang and Sean Dawson. 

An incredible fourth place finish from 8th grader, Sophie Forsyth in her first ever BC XC High School Championships!

An incredible fourth place finish from 8th grader, Sophie Forsyth in her first ever BC XC High School Championships!

On the Junior boys side, the highlight performance from the Thunderbirds came from Riordan Miya. Miya has improved dramatically through the season culminating with an 8th place finish, and leading the Kitsilano Secondary School's Junior Boys to a 1st place team title. Miya was followed soon after by Thunderbird athlete Dylan Uhrich (Tupper Secondary) in 9th and Christian Petersen (26th).

Thunderbird Athletes Riordan Miya (far right) and teammate Christian Peterson (second in from the right) of Kitsilano Secondary School placed 9th and 26th respectfully to help earn an overall team title for the Junior Boys BC XC Championships. 

Thunderbird Athletes Riordan Miya (far right) and teammate Christian Peterson (second in from the right) of Kitsilano Secondary School placed 9th and 26th respectfully to help earn an overall team title for the Junior Boys BC XC Championships. 

Thunderbird Results from BC XC High School Championships:



Jr Girls
4 - Sophie Forsyth
42 - Ella Symon
45 - Paige Ingram
48 - Skye Higgins
52 - Maya Kroll
109 - Amielle Ko
133 - Maia Brittingham
141 - Lyndsey Bryden
165 - Lily Kuropatwa

Jr Boys
8 - Riordan Miya
9 - Dylan Uhrich
26 - Christian Petersen
28 - Marcus Britnell
54 - Paul Van Raamsdonk
105 - Cameron Healey
169 - Miles Mantle
172 - Kieran Healey
176 - Francis Sadleir
255 - Zachary Mullin

Sr Girls
5 - Anika Austin
42 - Emily MacGowan
49 - Sydney Desbrisay

Sr Boys
43 - Quinton Braziller
104 - Eero Gaffeny
115 - Paul Fisher
116 - Ben Ross
157 - Luke Mantle
163 - Ian Robinson

Full Results from BC High School XC Championships can be viewed here. 

Race replays as well as top 3 post race interviews can be viewed here, courtesy of Athletics Illustrated.