Last Wednesday, the Raiders competed in Sarnia at the Cantera Park Invitational Cross-country meet... and we've got highlights.
The day started off well with the midget girls capturing a bronze medal team finish led by top ten finishes by Alexa Mongeon and Claire Sion. Other teammates who turned in fine performances were Lia Oschanney, Sarah O'Brien, Majestic Ruttle, Krystal Warner and Michaela Buxton.
The Junior girls were led by Nyadeni Jordan-Simon while the senior girls were led by Daniela Papac's bronze medal performance.
The midget boys were led to a 7th place finish by Jessop Cole, followed closely by Benydyck Skyrpyck then Daniel Xie, Paul Mikhail, Dylan Cai and Johnny White.
The Junior Boys, equaled the midget girls bronze medal performance led by Uygur Tepe who ran "out of his shoes" to finish 11th overall. He was supported by excellent performances by teammates Alex Borden, Eray Yimaz, Nick Harris, Evan Tanovich and Andy Little.
The Senior boys were led by Nathan Droulliard who ran an aggressive and gutsy race over 7km to finish 11th overall in a very talented field.
The three stars of the meet were Daniela Papac who raced to a bronze medal finish in a field that included two grade 12 runners who are among the best in Ontario.
Alecsa Mongnon who keeps getting stronger and like Daniela won a Canterra Competition T-shirt for her 6th place finish.
And Claire Sion who powered her way to an eigth place finish... just missing a t-shirt that we all know she deserved.
The "Practice Pays Off Awards" go to Cole Jessop, Uygur Tepe and Nathan Drouillard whose races yesterday demonstrated how their commitment at practice paid off in great results as they turned in their best races of the season.
Finally, on behalf of coaches Mr. Conlon and Ms. Lukas, we would like to congratulate the entire team for the amazing overall team effort yesterday and superb team spirit!