Mouat Senior Girls XC Team Dominates Fraser Valley Championships

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:
Junior Girls:
3rd Hannah Konrad (Yale)—qualifies for Provincials
14th Delaney Chapman—(Abbotsford Traditional)

Senior Boys:
20th Peter Mitchell (Mouat)—qualifies for Provincials

Callum Pilgrim Leads Royals at Sunfair Meet

Yakima, WA, Oct. 7—Valley Royal and WJ Mouat cross country runner
Callum Pilgrim had had an outstanding performance at the Sunfair High School Invitational cross country meet held Saturday in Yakima, Washington.

Pilgrim, an all round athlete who is pursuing cross country running for the first time, placed second in her flight 5-race held over a very hilly three mile course at Lincoln Park. The grade 10 athlete held the lead until the last 400-meters of her race but was eventually passed by Idaho’s Emily Callahan.

Pilgrim’s time of 18:26 was the third best performance of the day amongst the girl’s competitions and the second fastest time ever in the flight five race. Pilgrim stated to her coach that she knew exactly where and why she lost the race but felt that the experience would be valuable to her development as a quality runner.

Alexandra Siemens, who also attends Mouat, ran a strategic race in the flight 7 race and kept pace with the leaders over the first half of the course but during the final kilometer she had some trouble and had to settle for a third place finish.

Peter Mitchell, yet another Mouat runner, had a good performance and
placed third in flight 1 of the boy’s competition. Mitchell, a grade 11 athlete from Mouat and in his first season of cross country running, had a competitive run and finished with a time of 17:49.

Other solid performances for the Royals saw 13-year old Gabrielle MacGregor place ninth in the girls’ junior varsity run, Jennifer Kell (grade 10) came second in flight 2, Ashley Heisler was fifth in flight 1, Erica Johnson was eighth in the girl’s junior varsity run and Delaney Chapman was second in the grade 10 girl’s competition.

Alexandra Siemens Posts Cross Country Win at Ocean Athletics Meet

Sat., September 29, 2012: Alex Siemens was first in the senior high school girls’ division of the Ocean Athletics meet held Saturday at Crescent Beach Park. Siemens covered the 4-k course in a time of 12:48 to place seven seconds in front of Miryan Bassett (Naniamo) and nine seconds ahead of the third place finisher Rebecca Basset.

It was a good test for Siemens as next week she will travel with her teammates to Yakima, WA for the Sunfair meet. The trip was originally scheduled for this past Saturday but brush fires in the area caused a severe smoke hazard and the organizers had to postpone the meet for health reasons. Cooler temperatures have now remedied the situation and all is set for this coming Saturday.

Placing 7th in the high school girl’s division was Sarya Ross (13:39) while Ashley Heisler came up with a good performance to place 11th (14:20). Oliver Jorgensen got his season off to a good start by placing fifth the senior boys 5-k race posting a time of 17:34. Teammates Peter Mitchelle, a grade 10 runner, was 14th (18:36) and Arsh Ganda finished in 32nd position.

Jennifer Kell had a strong effort in the 13-year old girl’s race placing second (12:26) with teammate Delaney Chapman, a much improved cross country runner, coming fourth (13:14).

Aidan Bingert, who has had limited practice time this season because of injury, placed 5th in the 15-year old boys’ division covering the 3-k course in 11:43.

A number of junior development runners took part in the meet. In the nine year old girls’ run Amy Brandt was sixth ((5:48) and Olivia McAuley 7th (5:18) while in the 10-year old boy’s 2-k run, Kai MacKenzie placed 8th followed by Parker Janzen in 11th (9:59) and Aaron Boschman 16th (11:07).

Nikki Janzen placed 20th in the 12-year old girl’s run while Katia Heppell came fifth in the 13-year old girl’s division 3-k race followed by Gabe McGregor was ninth (13:20) and Jensen Barker tenth (13:21).

New JD Athletes Run Well at South Fraser Meet

On a day that finally looked like Cross Country Season had arrived, a pair of Rookie Royals acquitted themselves well on the course at Bear Creek Park. Amy Brandt, and Katia Heppell both made their Royal debuts, and performed wonderfully well against the tougher competition of a B.C. Athletics meet. Amy secured a Bronze medal in her 1000m race, while Katia placed fifth in her 3000m race.  Amy ran all alone in her round, and was a bit surprised by the pace of the more experienced racers, while Katia benefited in her outing from some wisdom and advice from the more seasoned Gabe MacGregor who also ran the same contest. Illness kept Gabe from her best outcome, but she still ran as strong as circumstances would allow. All in all, it was a good showing for the first event of our Cross Country endeavors.

CROSS COUNTRY SEASON IS UNDERWAY

Cross country season for Valley Royal athletes has begun in earnest and most club runners have either taken part in a meet or are about to do so. The Grand Prix Cross Country series staged its first of the four meets last Wednesday and in excess of nine hundred runners took part in the event. By Monday results of Wednesday’s meet will be available and posted to this web page and we will be able to see how our young Royals
 faired.

This Saturday Sarya Ross, Alex Siemens and Callum Pilgrim will form the nucleus of
the W.J. Mouat team that will run 4km legs of a team distance at the Whistler Spirit Run, in an event that will be a nice warm-up for the trip to Yakima the following weekend for
the Sunfair meet.

Last Saturday at the University of Washington Sundodger meet held in Seattle,
Travis Vugteveen placed 44th (26:08) to lead Simon Fraser University to a fifth place
team finish in the Varsity Division.

VALLEY ROYAL DIRECTOR JEREMIAH JOHNSTON ANNOUNCES HIS BETROTHAL TO MARIAH GUPPEY

Former Valley Royal athlete and now club director Jeremiah Johnston will be wed to Mariah Guppey on the May holiday weekend of 2013. It’s wise that Jeremiah and Mariah have planned the celebration well in advance as the groom’s occupation as a shoe representative for a major firm means that he is on the road for many days of the year. But we are pleased and happy for both Mariah and Jeremiah and wish them the very best with the wedding plans and their life together thereafter.