Cross-country racers reach provincial podium

Two North Shore runners charged onto the podium at the provincial high school cross-country championships held earlier this month in Victoria.

Sentinel's Nicole Hutchinson, winner of the 2012 senior girls race as a Grade 10 student, battled her way back to the front of the pack this year as a Grade 12, finishing second with a time of 15 minutes 17 seconds, trailing the winner by 17 seconds. Collingwood's Grace Thompson and Sentinel's Rhian Paterson also cracked the top 10, finishing sixth and ninth, respectively.

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Sentinel's top five finishers combined to place second overall to claim silver in the senior girls team competition. Joining Hutchinson and Paterson on the podium were Michelle Cheung, Emilie Kaye and Kelsey Shellard.

On the senior boys side West Vancouver's Rowan Doherty scored bronze in a time of 20:59, crossing the line 24 seconds behind the champion. West Vancouver also had a top-10 finisher in the junior girls race with Megan Roxby just missing the podium, placing fourth with a time of 16:37.

Also in junior girls action, the Seycove squad of Marley Grayson, Hana Watanabe, Marley Beckett and Signe McLennan finished second in the team competition.

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