Wednesday, October 18, 2017

West Conference Championships

Nepean were the big winners at the 2018 West Conference Cross Country Running Championships, capturing the Overall Aggregate and the Girls Aggregate.  Nepean won the Midget Girls, placed second in the Junior Girls and were 8th in the Senior Girls race.  Sir Robert Borden won the boys Aggregate by winning both the Midget Boys and the Senior Boys races, the latter in a very close one point victory over Nepean.

Individual girls winners were Katya Semeniuk - St. Pius X (Midget), Skye Pellerin -St. Francis Xavier (Junior), Keegan Gaunt - Merivale (Senior), while Cameron Porter - Sir Robert Borden (Midget), Theo Woodford - Nepean (Junior) and Lucas Zanetti - Sir Robert Borden (Senior) captured the boys races.

All athletes that completed the Conference Championships are now eligible for the NCSSAA Championships next week.

Full results are available on the Glebe XC page

Friday, October 13, 2017

Final Week of Invitationals!

The final week of Invitationals saw three races in the NC Region,  the North Dundas Invite, the Turkey Trot and the Capital XC Challenge, as now athletes  gear up for the their qualifying meets starting next week.

Skye Pellerin (St. Fx) kept her busy season going with victories at the Turkey Trot in Kemptville and again at the Capital XC Challenge.

Glebe came out the big winner at the Capital XC Challenge, winning all four races, JV Girls and Boys, along with Varsity Girls and Boys titles.  The Varsity Boys race was exceptionally close with only 2 points separating Sir Robert Borden (49), Nepean (51) and Glebe (49) at the 3K mark of the race.  The competition stayed close right through the finish line with Glebe taking the title over Nepean 48-55.  Nepean also placed second in the JV Girls race. 

Results can be found on the Glebe XC Page

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pre-OFSAA and Rebelles Invitational

Many National Capital athletes headed up the Valley to Petawawa to take advantage of the OFSAA course preview meet, the Kitchissippi Ridge Invitational.  For the second consecutive year, OFSAA will be hosted within a reasonable distance enabling many NC teams a chance to see the course. 

NC athletes put in some strong performances, beginning with the Midget Girls, in which Glebe placed a close second to Theriault (Timmins), lead by Anna Sierra Heffernan-Wilker (4th) and Ivy Bialowas (6th).  Ashbury's Isabelle Stevens also cracked the top 10, finishing 7th.

Not to be outdone by their female classmates, the Glebe Midget Boys, led by Keito Newman's third place finish, placed second to provincial powerhouse St. Michaels' College from Toronto.  Glebe had got the best of St. Mike's at the season opener, Trinity Harriers Invitational in Port Hope, but St. Mike's returned the favour on the OFSAA course; however,  Glebe was without their top man from Trinity and the Gryphon Open Owen Pensom and #3 Torin Lam.

In the Junior Girls, NC athletes were led by Katie Newlove (St. Peter) who claimed silver, behind last year's OFSAA bronze medalist, Anna Workman of Kingston CVI.  Skye Pellerin (St. Fx) placed 4th (her 5th top 4 finish this year).  Skye has been all over (and around) the podium in her five races this fall, winning both the Pirates Invite and Louis' Cookie Run, second at the Gryphon Open, third at the Trinity Invite and fourth in Petawawa.  Veronique Bolduc (Beatrice Desloges) placed 7th and Lauren Reid (All Saints) placed 10th, putting four NC athletes in the top 10.  Glebe edged All Saints by a mere 5 points, to be the top NC school, finishing 5th overall. 

Joe Fast (Ridgemont) and Adam Sanger (Glebe) gave the NC a 1-2 finish in the Junior Boys race, repeating their finish order of a week ago at the Gryphon Open.  Glebe's Junior Boys finished in a 5th place tie with St. Mike's, but were placed 6th on the tie breaker (higher finishing 4th runner).  Longfields-Davidson's Junior Boys were 8th.

The Glebe Senior Girls got a good look at last year's Junior Girls Champions from Northern Secondary (Toronto) and runner up Theriault.  Both schools had scored impressively low last year and looked to pose a threat for the podium this year.  Glebe, placed all four scorers in the top 15 (and three in the top 7) to easily outpace both schools.  Mei Mei Weston captured silver, Rosalyn Barrett was 6th, Teagan Shapansky 7th, and Nina Whitford 15th, giving Glebe the top 4 individual NC athletes in the race. 

A trio of NC athletes finished within 9 seconds of each other in the Senior Boys race.  Andre Alie-Lamarche (Gloucester) made a valiant effort to hit the podium, staying in the top 3 until late in the race, but faded a little over the final kilo to lead all NC runners placing 7th.  Shortly behind Alie-Lamarache, Fournier (Franco Cite) placed 9th, just ahead of Gryphon Open Champ Lucas Zanetti (Sir Robert Borden), who lead his team to 7th place, the only top 8 finish by an NC team in the Senior Boys race. 

Full results are available at

For those schools that didn't want to make the trip up the Valley, the Rebelles hosted their Invitational, the first chance for athletes to get a look at the NC Championship courses on the trails of Green's Creek.  Nepean won the Overall Title capturing the Varsity Boys and Girls races and placing 2nd in the Junior Varisty Girls race. 

Full results available here

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wild Weather Swings highlight Gryphon Open

The anticipated heat was late arriving at the 2017 Gryphon Open.  After environment Canada issued another heat advisory, it was decided each event would be shortened to help athletes manage the heat better, but overcast skies and a refreshing breeze kept the temperature bearable for the first few races.  As the day progressed, the heat started to rise as a few athletes struggled with the temperatures which peaked during the senior boys race.  Several Senior Boys never made it to the finish line, but it wasn't the heat the prevented them from getting there, but "The Storm."

Within seconds, the sky became overcast again, the wind picked up, and within seconds of the first drop falling, the heavens opened.  Rain pounded down reducing visibility to next to nothing.  Lightning struck a large willow located just a few metres from the start line, ripping the tree in half.  Fortunately, no runners were injured and all made it to shelter from their various spots out on the course. 

Hosts Glebe Collegiate captured the Overall Aggregate taking titles in the Midget Girls, Midget Boys, and Senior Girls Divisions.  The Glebe Girls demonstrated their strength and depth by winning the Senior Girl's race despite not racing their four scorers who won the Trinity Invitational the previous week.  Sir Robert Borden established itself as a contender for the NC title with a solid performance in winning the Senior Boy's race led by individual Champion, Lucas Zanetti.

Bishop Smith (Pembroke) and Beatrice Desloges captured the boys and girls Elementary races.  Ottawa Citizen photographer, Wayne Cuddington, was on hand to capture a few shots of the action.  You can check out his photos here.

Full results are available on the Glebe XC page.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Ashbury Edges Louis at Inaugural XC Relays

Ashbury College edged out host Louis Riel at the Inaugural Louis Riel XC Relays on the trails of Green's Creek.  The Open HS Sections saw three runners each complete a 2 kilometre loop.  The Colts claimed 1st, 3rd and 6th in the Girls event, 2nd and 4th in the Boys event as well as a 2nd place finish in the Mixed Event to claim the title 45-42 over the host Rebelles.

Results are available on the Glebe XC page or the Louis Riel Athletics Page

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Glebe defends Trinity Harrier Title

Glebe Collegiate defended it's Overall Title at the 2017 Trinity Harrier Invitational in Port Hope, capturing the "cutest trophy in all Sport" for the fourth consecutive year.  Glebe won the Midget Boys, Junior Girls and Senior Girls Team titles, while placing 5th in the Senior Boys race.

The National Capital region was well represented on the podium with Glebe athletes Mei Mei Weston running to gold in the Senior Girls race, followed to the line by teammate Rosalyn Barrett.  Fellow Glebites Adam Sanger (2nd Junior Boys), Ivy Bialowas (3rd Midget Girls) and Owen Pensom (3rd Midget Boys) also captured hardware for the Gryphons.  Skye Pellerin (St. FX) and Joe Fast (Ridgemont) also captured bronze medals in the Junior Girls and Junior Boys races.

Full results are available on the Glebe XC page.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

XCookie Run

The 2017 XC season got underway this past Friday with Louis Riel's XCookie Run on the trails of Green's Creek.  The meet hosted combined age categories for the the HS school sections, as well as Intermediate sections.  Junior Skye Pellerin (St. FX) and Senior Jonathan Rioux (Louis Riel) won their respective races.  Full results are available on the Glebe XC, or Louis Riel XC site.