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The province of Ontario boasts OFSAA, the Ontario Federation of School Athletics Federations, which is the second-largest school sports organization in North America. Only the California Interscholastic Federation is bigger. In Canada, OFSAA is a big deal to be sure. OFSAA has produced a good number of Canada’s best distance runners and sprinters. Many have gone on to USport and NCAA careers and well beyond.

Two of the fastest 5000m runners in North America, all-time are Mo Ahmed and Justyn Knight both Tokyo Olympians with Ahmed earning the silver medal. They are from St. Catharines and Toronto, respectively. Andre de Grasse, the six-time Olympic medallist is from Scarborough. And there are the Stafford sisters Gabriela DeBues-Stafford and Lucia Stafford from Toronto. DeBues-Stafford holds at least six national records and competed in the Tokyo Olympic Games. Lucia, three years younger, is not far behind. And of course, there is Melissa Nriagu-Bishop world championships silver medallist, and national record holder in the 800m.

In Canada, OFSAA produces, however, BCSS or BC School Sports has brought along some excellent athletes and exciting competition.

Justyn Knight, national junior club champion 2012 at Jericho Beach.

Not everyone makes it to the Olympics, however, a meaningful high school and possible university career offer many long-term benefits. A few notable Tokyo Olympians from BC include Malindi Elmore from Kelowna, who currently holds the national marathon record, and Vancouver’s Natasha Wodak, who formerly held the national 10,000m record. They finished ninth and 13th in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympic Games, respectively. Vancouver’s Luc Bruchet, the nation’s third-fastest 5000m runner behind Ahmed and Knight is a two-time Olympian. Cameron Levins from Vancouver Island is the national record holder in the marathon and is a two-time Olympian. He competed in the 2012 London and 2020 Tokyo Games. He formerly held the national 10,000m record as well.

Foundational to a runner’s career is cross country training and racing. Whether the athlete competes in the 800m or long-distance events, racing cross country is where everyone shows up — it’s a team sport.

Saturday, BCSS is hosting the provincial high school championships. For the Grade 12 student-athletes, it will be their final high school cross country meet and a chance to show off their fitness and competitiveness. For everyone else, it is an important and exciting meet.

North Shore Secondary School Athletic Association is the host club for the provincial championships, which will take place on Vancouver’s picturesque and challenging Jericho Beach, overlooking downtown, the North Shore Mountains, and English Bay.

Racing begins at 9:15 AM.

Para: 9:15 AM
Junior Girls: 10:00 AM
Junior Boys: 10:45 AM
Senior Girls: 11:30 AM
Senior Boys: 12:15 PM

Full meet information is available, here>>

Taryn ONeill at provincial high School Championships in 2015

Zone and BC Clubs top finishers — Junior Girls

Student-athleteSchoolRecent zone and provincial clubs result
Maella HodgsonElgin Park1st in South Frazer, 1st at BC clubs
Addy BenefieldKillarney1st in Vancouver Sea to Sky, 2nd at BC clubs
Chloe SimonLord ByngA close 2nd in Vancouver Sea to Sky
Louison DubiefFSS1st in Kootenay
Raiya MatonovichSaHali1st in Thompson-Okanagan
Feron WallaceSouth Kamloops2nd in Thompson-Okanagan, 4th in BC clubs
Ava BaileyNVSS1st in North Central
Ava WimbushBVCS1st in North West
Alexa DowFKSS1st in Vancouver Island, 3rd in BC clubs
Tessa Hunter-SiebertStellys2nd in Vancouver Island
Erica BarnardHeritage Woods1st in Fraser North
Paige ColbyGW Graham1st in Eastern Valley

Junior Girls teams to watch

SchoolRecent result
Isfeld1st in Vancouver Island zone, 34 points, 1:51 spread
Nanaimo District2nd in Vancouver Island zone I, 39 points, 1:52 spread
Abbotsford Christian1st in Eastern Valley zone, 22 points, 1:13 spread
Walnut Grove2nd in Eastern Valley zone, 24 points, 2:50 spread
Heritage Woods1st in Fraser North zone, 19 points, 1:50 spread
West Point Grey1st in Vancouver Sea to Sky, 27 points, 0:25 spread
Bulkley Valley Christian1st in North West, 18 points, 3:18 spread
Duchess Park Secondary1st in North Central zone, 10 points, 2:48 spread

Zone and BC Clubs top finishers – Junior Boys

Student-athleteSchoolRecent zone and provincial clubs result
Kai MaitlandPrince of Wales1st at Vancouver Sea to Sky 2nd in BC clubs
Mark MolinaMEI1st in Eastern Valley
Max HolmesPacific Academy1st in South Fraser, 4th at BC clubs
Steph SynmanRegent Christian2nd South Fraser, 5th at BC clubs
Elijah HeadleyMaple Ridge1st at Fraser North
Eamon WilsonAlpha2nd in Fraser North
Ethan NozickClaremont1st in Vancouver Island, 7th at BC clubs
Gregory Putterill1st in North West
Josiah WilkinsonPGSS1st in North Central
Peter KunkaSummerland1st in Thompson-Okanagan
Orien DominTFA1st in Kootenay

Junior Boys teams to watch

School Recent result
West Vancouver1st in VSS, 24 points: 33 spread
Prince George Secondary1st in NC, 16 points, 2:39 spread
Smithers Secondary1st in NW, 23 points, 2:18 spread
Oak Bay1st in VI, 29 points, 1:54 spread
West Point Grey2nd in VSS, 45 points, 1:11 spread
Maple Ridge1st in FN, 21 points, 1:30 spread
McMath1st SF, 24 points, 1:11 spread
Walnut Grove1st in EV, 22 points, 1:45 spread

Zone and BC Clubs top finisher – Senior Girls

Student-athleteSchoolRecent zone and BC Clubs result
Ruby BroadbentParkland1st in Vancouver Island, 1st in Clubs
Juane ClauseAbbotsford Christian1st in Eastern Valley, 2nd in Clubs
Christina Peet-WilliamsChilliwack2nd in Eastern Valley, 3rd in Clubs
Maeve MacLeodRevelstoke1st in Thompson Okanagan
Ruby NicholasCorrelieu1st in North Central
Chloe WillistonSSS1st in North West
Ella BallardClaremont2nd Vancouver Island, 4th in Clubs
Sidney ClementSentinel1st Vancouver Sea to Sky, 5th in Clubs
Ella MadsenRiverside1st in Fraser North, 8th in Clubs
Viviani LiFleetwood Park1st in South Fraser, 6th in Clubs

Senior Girls teams to watch

Walnut Grove1st in Eastern Valley, 15 points, 4:24 spread
Semiahmoo1st in South Fraser, 14 points, 2:03 spread
Heritage Woods1st in Fraser North, 35 points, :35 spread
West Vancouver1st in Vancouver Sea to Sky, 31 points, 1:21 spread
Handsworth2nd in Vancouver Sea to Sky, :28 spread
Sentinel3rd in Vancouver Sea to Sky, 36 points, 3:11 spread
Claremont1st in Vancouver Island, 32 points, 4:10 spread
Carihi2nd in Vancouver Island, 39 points, :54 spread
Smithers Secondary1st in North West, 10 points, 1:51 spread
Salmon Arm1st in Thompson-Okanaga, 27 points, 1:41 spread

Zone and BC Clubs top finisher – Senior Boys

Student-athleteSchool recent result
Caiden LeeSemiahmoo1st in South Fraser, 1st in Clubs
Jaxon KucharJL Crowe1st in Kootenay, 8th in Clubs
Sam CalkinsSalmon Arm1st in Thompson-Okanagan
Landon McKechnieDSC1st in North Central
Ethan GrasmeyerBVCS1st in North West
Tion McLeishSt. Michaels1st in Vancouver Island, 3rd in Clubs
Paul Van RaamsdonkEric Hamber1st in Vancouver Sea to Sky, 5th in Clubs
Ryan GoodwinHandsworth2nd Vancouver Sea to Sky, 7th in Clubs
Adam CrespiGleneagle1st in Fraser North, 11th Clubs
Liam MacGowanNWSS2ns in Fraser North 
Cole WheelerDr. Charles Best3rd in Fraser North, 6th in Clubs
Connor NicolElgin Park2nd in South Fraser, 1st in Clubs
Yemane MulugetaLA Matheson3rd in South Fraser, 2nd in Clubs
William BurkeMission1st in Eastern Valley

Senior Boys teams to watch

SchoolRecent result
Elgin Park1st in South Fraser, 17 points, :27 spread
Semiahmoo2nd in South Fraser, 30 points, 2:34 spread
Salmon Arm1st in Thompson-Okanagan, 24 points, 2:41 spread
Oak Bay1st in Vancouver Island, 21 points, 2:06 spread
Nanaimo District2nd in Vancouver Island, 30 points, 2:09 spread
Killarney1st in Vancouver Sea to Sky, 33 points, :46 spread
Mission1st in Eastern Valley, 16 points, 2:33 spread

UPDATE: Free Livestream of the event here: View

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