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PHOTOS: Runners air it out at district high school championships in Coquitlam

Thursday's Fraser North District high school cross-country championship gathered hundreds of young athletes at Mundy Park in Coquitlam for the first time in two years as last year's event had to be conducted virtually.

The Heritage Woods Kodiaks dominated the Fraser North district high school cross-country championships, Thursday (Oct. 21) at Coquitlam’s Mundy Park.

The Port Moody school won the team titles for junior and senior women as well as senior men. Maple Ridge Secondary won the junior men’s category.

Hundreds of runners representing schools in the Tri-Cities, Burnaby, New Westminster and Maple Ridge gathered at Mundy Park for the first district championship in two years, after cross-country races had to be conducted virtually last year because of COVID-19 public health restrictions.

Individual winners included:

  • Adam Crespi of the Gleneagle Talons, who won the senior men’s race. He covered the five kilometre course in 16:28.4, almost four seconds ahead of second-place Liam MacGowan from New Westminster Secondary
  • Ella Madsen, of Riverside Secondary in Port Coquitlam, won the senior girls race in 19:13.5, more than a minute faster than New West Secondary’s Monika Arcadi who finished second
  • Elijah Headley, of Maple Ridge was the top finisher in junior boys, running their four kilometre circuit in 13:03.3.
  • Erica Barnard, of Heritage Woods, won the junior girls four kilometre race in 14:41.4.

Next up for runners who qualified, will be the provincial championships at Vancouver’s Jericho Park on Nov. 6.