Cross Country Gaining Popularity in High Schools Across the Region

Cross Country Gaining Popularity in High Schools Across the Region

Relatively unknown for several years, cross-country running is gaining popularity again in high schools in the Commission scolaire des Premières-Seigneuries region.

The organizers of the qualifications for the regional championships saw this last Tuesday when more than 160 students aged 12 to 17-years old (from six schools) took part in the events held in the Cascades Park’s trails in Beauport. 

Samuel de Champlain High School was the host for this exciting sporting event for a third consecutive year. A total of 161 students from Le Sommet de Charlesbourg, Mont-Sainte-Anne de la Côte-de-Beaupré, Sainte-Marie Academy, Samuel de Champlain, and La Seigneurie de la Courvilloise de Beauport  took part in the local heats for minor girls and boys, bantam girls and boys, and junior girls and boys. 

48 participants qualified for the regionals 

Participants had to perform a two, three, four, or six-kilometre run, depending on their age and sex in the Cascades Park’s trails. The athletes faced many natural obstacles, adding difficulty to the challenge. 

At the end of the competition, eight athletes in each category qualified to participate in the regional finals which will take place on Saturday, October 13 at Mont-Sainte-Anne. More than 600 runners from 12 school boards and private institutions of the Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region will then attempt to earn a spot in the Provincial Championships presented October 20 in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

Of the 48 athletes who will represent the Seigneurie School Board, we will see Arianne Lalancette (Le Sommet) and Daniel Bariwabo (Academy Sainte-Marie) who obtained the best times in the minor category, as well as Kristina Castonguay (Le Sommet) and Edwin Ortiz Bergeron (Samuel de Champlain), the fastest among the bantam participants.
…………………………………………………………… Staff Writer

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