One team: Members of the Salmon Am Secondary and Shuswap Middle School cross country teams pose for a team picture before the start of the provincial races in Vancouver on Nov. 7.

Sim leads the way for senior girls

Glynis Sim has never finished outside the top 25 at the provincial championships

Since the start of her cross country days running for Shuswap Middle School in Grade 8, Glynis Sim has never finished outside the top 25 at the provincial championships.

She continued that trend, racing in her last high school sanctioned race on Nov. 7 at Jericho Beach in Vancouver at the high school cross country provincial championships, finishing fifth overall in the senior girls division.

In total, 24 runners represented Salmon Arm, 20 from Salmon Arm Secondary and four from SMS.

Mother Nature intervened and made conditions for the runners extremely difficult  as they had to endure strong wind, heavy rain and large puddles of mud.

“This weekend capped off a very successful season for all the runners,” said cross country coach Tricia Martin.

Led by Sim, the senior girls achieved their highest team placement in recent years as they finished in sixth position overall.

Sim was closely followed by teammates  Emma Kujat, Emily Williams, Rachel May, Mhari Runciman, Aria Izik-Dzurko and Jessica Brown.

The junior girls team placed seventh out of 25 teams led by speedster Chantel Jeffrey who placed 24th out of 200 runners.

Not far off of Jeffrey’s pace were teammates Kate Milne, Erin Lavery, Rachel Bates, Julia Brown and Megan Hart.

In the hotly contested senior boys division, the SAS team placed a respectable 13th out of 28 teams.

Senior boy runners included Nelson Kleer, Andrew Nash, Kael Amdam, Seth Van Varesveld, Jake Stephens, Awatar Kafle and Ben Van Bergeyk.

The four runners representing SMS were Steven Moore, Calvin Hepburn, Teagan Findlay and Maggie Beckner who each ran in their first provincial meet.


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