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SD46 students compete in cross-country championships

More than 60 athletes ended the season with the Gibsons Grind
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Dozens of Sunshine Coast students raced around Gibsons last week, marking the end of the cross-country season on Oct. 13. 

From seven Sunshine Coast School District No. 46 (SD46) schools, 61 student athletes ran more than three kilometres in the SD46 Elementary Cross-Country Championships. The track took them from upper to lower Gibsons and back. 

For the Grade 3 boys, Matteo Lekakis of Gibsons Elementary School won first place, followed by Nicolas Lekakis in second place. Of the Grade 3 girls, Gibsons’ Ruby Stephenson finished in first place, and Fiona Colquhoun of Cedar Grove Elementary School finished second. 

Lola Facchin of Cedar Grove won first place among the Grade 4 girls, while Haelyn Treliving of Cedar Grove was second and Mia Kennett of Roberts Creek came in third place. Among the Grade 4 boys competing, Gibsons’ Gavin Murphy won gold, Liam B. of Roberts Creek won silver and Kaio of Roberts Creek won bronze. 

From the Grade 5 students, Sawyer Husband of Cedar Grove was first place among the boys, followed by Simon Pimento of West Sechelt in third place. Stella Hudec of West Sechelt finished first of the girls, with Kinnikinnick’s Ciara Hennessey in second place and Sequoia Ternes of Roberts Creek in third.

Angie Fitzpatrick of Gibsons won gold among the Grade 6 girls, with Shawna Wu of Kinnikinnick in second, followed by Gibsons’ Vivien Lewis. Eden Logtenberg of Madeira Park placed first for the boys, Davis Bay’s Nathanael Foreman was second, and Madeira Park’s Tanner McLennan was third.

For seventh graders, Gibsons’ Aoife Murphy and Robert Creek’s Owen Hurlbut placed first among the girls and boys, respectively. Kinnikinnick’s Jizil Ibrahim was second for the girls, while Gibsons’ Sebastian Barnes was second for the boys, followed by Gibsons’ Hunter Crosby.

Of the seven schools, Gibsons Elementary School took first place with 122 points, followed by Cedar Grove’s 61 points, Roberts Creek with 55 points, Kinnikinnick’s 46 points, West Sechelt with 22 points, Madeira Park’s 17 points and eight points to Davis Bay.

The fifth annual event was hosted and organized by Gibsons Elementary School, resuming after a year and a half break. 

“A huge thanks goes out to all the coaches especially Lisa Allen, who is a huge help organizing before and at the race in all five years,” Eric Sullivan, the chair of the elementary physical health and education district committee, said in a statement. “The entire school district owes a huge debt of gratitude to Lisa for her tireless effort giving and coaching for many years to all the kids of the Sunshine Coast. Lisa represents what is best of SD46!”