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Junior boys Pacific Academy’s Max Holmes took the win in the time of 15:49. Finishing second and third, were Elijah Headley of Maple Ridge Senior Secondary and Steph Snyman of Regent Christian.

They recorded finish times of 16:03 and 16:08, respectively. Holmes won his South Surrey zone, then went on to finish fifth at BC Clubs in Victoria. It was a strong showing for the Grade 10 athlete.

“It was hard. The start was super crazy. Everyone went out very, very fast. So it was a matter of just picking them off one by one.” Regarding the conditions, Holmes said, “this is what cross-country is about, getting wet, getting in the mud and the dirt, having a good time.” Despite not having a U16 category he is going to Ottawa to race the national club championships on Nov. 27. “It was a really good race, there was really good competition and I really enjoyed racing here,” said Snyman.

As for the conditions, he did add that the conditions were ideal. “It was pretty muddy, so yeah, it was pretty good.” It was a strong race by all three. Snyman, who has a compact Steve Prefontaine style of running, according to one onlooker, was just looking for top-10 and maybe top-5 placing. Finishing third was beyond his expectations and he was quite pleased with the result. Snyman was the first Grade 9 student across the finish line.SHOW LESS

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