W.J. Mouat’s senior girls cross country team took the top three places at the Fraser Valley Cross Country Championships held Wednesday on a hilly course at Aldergrove Park.
Hawk runners dominated the 4.5-k race with Callum Pilgrim finishing first (16:48), Alicia Unruh second (16:55) and Alex Siemens in third (17:03). The two other scoring members of the Mouat team were Sarya Ross in eighteenth and Amanda Thompson who finished in 39th.
Mouat accumulated a low score of 43 pts and easily won the team title placing ahead of last year’s champion Walnut Grove (74 pts.), Charles Best (78 pts.) and a surprisingly strong Abbotsford Christian team (88 pts.). Nineteen teams and 177 runners took park in the senior girl’s event.
The three Mouat medalists were in a race of their own for most of course. Siemens’ led for a majority of the first 3-k but then Pilgrim took over and opened up a gap of 50-meters to win the race by eight seconds.
Mouat will now be one of the favored teams when the provincial championships take place in Prince George on November 3.
Other performances by Abbotsford runners at yesterday’s meet included:
3rd Hannah Konrad (Yale)—qualifies for Provincials
14th Delaney Chapman—(Abbotsford Traditional)
20th Peter Mitchell (Mouat)—qualifies for Provincials