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Records stuffed at Turkey Trot

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Dryden High School Eagles cross-country runner Mike Braun passes through a corridor of brilliant fall foliage during the 2015 Turkey Trot Cross-Country Races, held at Sandy beach and Flatrock Parks, Oct. 8. Braun who finished 3rd would join Eagles teammates Jacob Benson and Alex Urquhart in a sweep of the podium in the Boys 5K High School Open Race. Also serving as the Northwestern Ontario U14 Cross Country Championships the event drew over 300 elementary competitors from 19 regional schools. Photo by Chris Marchand

By Chris Marchand

Cross-country runners from schools across Northwestern Ontario enjoyed fall colours at their peak as Sandy Beach hosted the annual Turkey Trot Cross-Country Races.

2015’s event was marked by some emerging rivalries in the high school girls scene following the graduation of some strong athletes on Eagles squad. Fort Frances’ Jenny Hammond took the 5K win while the Eagles Corrin Kuzemchuk finished a scant four seconds behind, followed shortly by another of the Eagles top female runners, Amy Wickstrom.

Eagles Boys dominated the 5K open race podium with Jacob Benson taking first, followed by Alex Urquhart and Michael Braun in second and third respectively. DHS’ Johnathon Cayote finished in fifth place.

The day saw new race record times recorded on the elementary side.

The meet drew 316 kids from 19 different schools.

“I love to see this,” said Eagles running coach Mike Wood. “Kids are finding out that they can actually do something. Some of them are trying it for the first time and having lots of fun. I like that it’s a team sport and there’s no limit to the number of kids on your team.”

Open Roads Raiden Trist claimed the Grade 5/6, 2 km win, while Caryss Kehl of North Star Community School (Atikokan) took the girls Gr. 5/6 win.

In the Gr. 7/8, 3km distance, Open Roads’ Shaymus Stevenson outran Sturgeon Creek’s Isaac Dykstra in a sprint for the finish line to keep the win local.

On the girls side, Open Roads’ Maddie Lambert set a new course record in the 3km distance with a comfortable 10 second lead over the runner-up.

High School Boys 5k Open Run

1 Jacob, Benson DHS 18:17

2 Alex, Urquhart DHS 18:59

3 Michael, Braun DHS 19:57

4 Ilott, Kadin BB 21:03

5 Johnathon, Cayote DHS 21:03

7 Nick, Peters DHS 21:34

9 Brannan, Walters DHS 22:06

13 Christian, Maltais DHS 25:59

14 Marion, Tanner NP 27:01

15 Becker, Eric NP 28:01.

17 Livingston, Jett NP 30:16

18 Paquette, Reider SJ 30:34

19 Kohut, Spencer SJ 30:53

20 Larocque, Landan NP 31:30

Team Scores

1 Dryden High School 10

2 New Prospect 38

Amy Wickstrom (front) and Corrin Kuzemchuk carrying the torch for the girls half of the DHS?track team.

 

High School Open Girls 5k Run – local finishers

1 Hammond, Jenny FFHS 21:17

2 Corrin, Kuzemchuk DHS 21:21

3 Amy, Wickstrom DHS 21:37

4 Kooistra, Mika Strgn. Ck. 23:35

5 Poulin, Claire AHS 23:57

 

18 Meryn, Wrolstead DHS 30:38

19 Kaityln, Durance DHS 30:38

20 Maya, Oversby DHS 30:41

21 Owen, Victoria SJ 31:07

22 Meeks, Norah SJ 32:14

23 Solomon, Saveta SJ 32:14

24 Armit, Sophie SJ 32:15

Team Results

1 Fort Frances High School 19

2 Dryden High School 26

3 St. Joseph’s School 46

 

Alex Urquhart running to a second place finish.

Grade 5/6Boys 2000 Meter Run

-top 15 locals

1 Trist, Raiden OR 8:33

2 Thompson, Cooper St. L 8:38

3 Cook, Ethan OR 8:40

4 Dewson, Lucas St. L 8:44

5 Halley, Louis St. L 8:53

6 Trist, Carver OR 8:59

7 Livingston, Fynn NP 9:04

8 Groves, Cooper SJ 9:09

10 Stevenson, Brock OR 9:25.

11 Paquette, Reider SJ 9:29

12 McCready, Reed OR 9:30

14 Edenburn, Barret SJ 9:36

15 McQuarie, Adam SJ 9:38

Team Scores

1 Open Roads 20

2 St. Louis 20

3 St. Joseph’s School 48

4 New Prospect 73

Elementary competitors compete in the Open class race.

Gr. 5/6 Girls 2000 Meter Run- top-15

1 Kehl, Caryss NS 8:50

2 Chwastyk, Lindsay LB 9:04

3 Owen, Victoria SJ 9:29

4 Orchard, Natalie LB 9:30

5 Young, Elizabeth St. P 9:41

6 MacLeod, Saige OR 9:44

7 Cook, Fiona SJ 9:53

8 Bobay, Paityn SJ 10:21

9 Matchette, Taylor SJ 10:46

10 Solomon, Saveta SJ 10:52

11 Compardo, Riah SJ 10:54

12 Hillier, Morgan OR 10:58

13 Lundmark, Megan SJ 11:06

14 Harrington, MacKenzie SJ 11:09

15 Rapine, Kiara SJ 11:10

Team results

1 St. Joseph’s School 17

2 North Star 37

3 Open Roads 47

Grade 7/8 Boys 3k Run – top-15

1 Stevenson, Shaymus OR 12:21

2 Dykstra, Isaac Strg. Ck. 12:22

3 Jones, Liam SJ 1 12:46

4 Armstrong, Carter NP 12:58

5 Kobelka, Oliver BB 13:05

6 Cunningham, Andrew Strg Ck. 13:08

7 Brown, Mason SJ 13:22

8 Armit, Evan SJ 13:37

9 Otto, Gabriel SH 13:44

10 Martin, Brayden BB 13:46

11 Luhowy, Lane SJ 13:56

12 Turcotte, Luke SJ 14:00

13 William, Okot NP 14:01

14 Szczerkowski, Drevyn SH 14:05

15 Alcock, Etan BB 14:09

Team Results

1 St. Joseph’s School 25

2 Beaver Brae 43

3 Sturgeon Creek 50

4 Sacred Heart 73

5 New Prospect 75

6 Atikokan High School 103

Eagle Jacob Benson tries to stay focused amidst the autumn splendor.

Grade 7/8 Girls 3k Run – top-15

1 Lambert, Maddie OR 13:21

2 Ashlyn, Beck DONYS 13:31

3 Ilott, Marlies BB 13:51

4 Lappage, Cali SJ 14:14

5 Terry, Cynthia NP 14:26

6 Stenlund, Katelyne St T 14:31

7 Jennson, Corissa SJ 14:32

8 Brigham, Kelly AHS 14:35

9 Fedorak, Greta FFHS 14:44

10 Mattson, Darbie AHS 14:46

11 Chwastyk, Jordan LB 14:59

12 Ribey, Sarah AHS 15:03

13 Norris, Jaida FFHS 15:23

14 Hensrud, Shayna BB 15:34

15 Costello, Dani NP 15:35

Team Results

1 St. Joseph’s School 32

2 Beaver Brae 36

3 Atikokan HS 37

4 New Prospect 65

5 St. Thomas Ahs 69

 

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