DHS Cross Country fares well at OFSAA

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Submitted by Mike Wood
Congratulations are in order for the Eagles Midget and Junior Cross Country Runners who travelled to Ottawa last weekend to take on the best runners  and teams in the province at the 2011 Provincial Championships in Ottawa.
The OFSAA Cross Country Championship is the largest high school cross country running event in North America and it attracts some national and world class athletes.
Thousands of high school runners compete each fall at 19 regional qualifying races to earn the privilege of toeing the line at this championship event. While only a few runners and schools are successful in that quest, DHS has served notice that its athletes can and do perform at that elite level.
The Eagles Midget Girls Team of Andie Wood, Elizabeth Carter, Emily Arsenault and Emmy Day took on the province’s best and returned with a 4th place finish among the province’s single A and AA teams.
Their efforts were enough to place them 26th out of the province’s 850 A, AA, AAA and AAAA schools in the province.  It’s an amazing accomplishment for such a young team.
DHS is a relatively small school compared to those they meet at OFSAA.  Most A and AA schools get left in the dust at the regional qualifying meets, but not DHS. The team has an incredible amount of drive, talent and determination and it showed.
Tyler Leonzio, Eldon Vandenbrand, Jake Wickstrom and Kirk Markowski all turned in seasonal best performances in the Midget Boys 5220m and Junior Boys 6320m races.
By the end of the day they had each established themselves as being among the top 5% of all high school runners in the province.
“I am incredibly proud of the entire team.  Three months ago, we had a collection of individuals, many who had never run competitively in their lives. Since then, they have grown as a team, grown together and have developed their talent to a level most had never considered possible.  They did it together and they had a ton of fun along the way,” said coach Mike Wood.  “How can that not be considered a success in each and every way?  If this year is any indication of things to come, the future is looking quite bright for DHS and those elementary students who are looking forward to great things when they enter high school.”
Look forward to more amazing results as the Eagles move into the 2012 indoor and outdoor track and field season.

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