Gators’ Harrison, Borrowdale finish second at provincials

Walnut Grove duo each takes second in respective races at cross-country provincial championships held at Aldergrove Regional Park

The Walnut Grove Gators cross-country team earned a pair of silver medals and a team bronze at the B.C. high school cross-country championships.

The race was held in cold and rainy weather at Aldergrove Regional Park on Saturday (Nov. 2) morning.

Leading the way for Walnut Grove were a pair of junior runners as both Joel Harrison and Chelsea Borrowdale crossed the finish line in second place in their respective races.

Harrison completed the 4.3 km course in 15:03.50 with only Carihi’s Brendan Hoff (14:47.65) scoring a better time.

Borrowdale finished the course — which was the same distance — in 16:44.05, just four seconds behind George Elliott’s Taryn O’Neill (16:40.82).

And with Borrowdale leading the way, the Gators finished the team competition in third spot with 73 points. The top four runners from each school was given points based on their finish with the lowest score winning.

With George Elliott not in the team competition, Borrowdale scored a single point.

And her teammate, Isabella Boccia — who also cracked the top 10 with a time of 17:20.30 — scored six. Katie MacEwen had 18 and Kelsey MacDonald had 48 to round things out.

The Gators junior boys team was fourth in their race with 121 points.

Harrison had one point, Daniel Stead had 26, Ford McMahon had 43 and Paul Buckingham had 51.

The Walnut Grove senior boys team placed fifth and the senior girls were 21st.

The boys team, which ran 6.3 km,  consisted of James Lam (23 points), Jim Harradine (39), Richard Torres (40), Malav Subramaniam (55) and Chris Curran (58).

The girls team, which did a 4.3 km course,  had Robyn Buckingham (48), Dallas Tilley (75), Emma Smithson (106), Taylor Gillis (135) and Julie Matson (140).


Two other Langley athletes cracked the top 10 while another pair finished in the top 20.

Langley Secondary’s Dean Ellenwood was seventh in the junior boys race with a time of 15:26.35 and Langley Christian’s Nick Colyn (21:17.26) was seventh in the senior boys race.

Also in the senior boys’ race, Brookswood’s Tyler Dejong was 16th (21:46.29) and Langley Fundmental’s Adrianna Klassen (17:45.94) was 17th in the junior girls’ division.

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