First race, first place.
The Salmon Arm Secondary cross-country running team enjoyed a great start to the running season on Sept. 26. Twenty-seven runners from SAS took part as well as another nine from Shuswap Middle School.
The students travelled to Clarence Fulton Secondary in Vernon for this first race, which turned out to be a road race rather than a cross-country route.
The boys ran a seven-kilometre route with Salmon Arm’s Thomas Hardy taking first overall in a time of 26:04, and Don Robinson placing second overall.
Other notable results in the boys race were Alexander Corbett, who placed third in the Junior Boys, Andrew Nash who took fourth, Seth vanVarseveld who placed fifth and Nelson Kleer in sixth place.
In the girls race, Glynnis Sim sped to first overall and won the Junior Girls race, followed closely by her sister Emmy Sim, who was the first Senior Girl.
Other notables were Stella Mozin who was the fourth Senior Girl and Elena Bruns, the fifth Junior Girl.
“Many of our runners were new to the racing scene and all had great first races,” said coach Tricia Martin.
In the team competition, Salmon Arm took home first place in three out of four categories – in the Senior Boys, Senior Girls and Junior Boys. There are currently not enough Junior Girls to qualify as a team.
The runners are off to Revelstoke for today’s race.