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The future looks bright, especially for Elgin Park Secondary, a school that competes in the South Fraser zone. Their second senior boy, James Hodgson, finished 7th. He also happens to be in Grade 10. Four of their top-five that count towards team scores finished in the top-13. The other two were Kaelem Dumont and Isaac Baker who finished 11 seconds apart. Brayden Dumont, Justin Cai, and Aikim Sahota rounded out the team for Elgin Park.

“This win means everything to me,” said Nicol.

Nicol was not satisfied with finishing second in the zone meet as well as how he raced at BC Club Championships in Victoria at Beaver Lake, which he had won. Saturday’s victory was redemption. The team win was just as important. The team celebrated boisterously as they were awarded the championship cup.

Finishing second was Tion McLeish of St. Michael’s University School (SMUS) in Victoria. Caiden Lee, who won the BC Club Championships – and Nichol’s “biggest competitor” – dug deep but finished third. McLeish finished third behind Lee and Yelane Mulugets in Victoria. To be fair, McLeish was fresh off the Island High School zone meet three days prior and had a heavy week of studying. He looked fresh Saturday.

“My plan was to draft behind Caiden and Tion and then for the last kilometre of the race, which is partially downhill, I was just going to go fast and start my kick,” shared Nicol, when asked about his tactics.