Semiahmoo Totems lead way on trail
South Surrey runners finished on the podium at Fraser Valley cross-country championships last week at Aldergrove Park.
The south-end contingent was led by a trio of Semiahmoo Totems, as Julia Greer and Chelsea Ribiero finished first and second, respectively, in the 4.5-km junior girls race, while fellow Totem Dawson Ribiero placed second in the Grade 8 boys run, which was 3.3 km.
In the junior girls’ run, Semiahmoo runners took five of the top six spots; Dominika Paige and Emily Liang placed fifth and sixth.
The Semiahmoo runners were not the only locals to stand atop the podium at the Oct. 24 event.
Elgin Park Secondary runner Danielle Steer was the first to cross the line in the 3.3-km Grade 8 girls race, finishing in a time of 12 minutes, 30.89 seconds – nearly 12 seconds faster than second-place Megan Champoux of Langley Fundamental School.
Clayton Heights’ sisters Christina and Julie Sevsek finished third and fourth, while Elgin’s Maryn Budiman rounded out the top five.
In the 4.5-km senior girls event, Earl Marriott’s Ally Ginther was the first Surrey runner to cross the finish line, placing fourth in a time of 17:26.12. Semi’s Alison Williams was eighth.
In the 6.5-km senior boys event, the fastest south-end runner was Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary’s Liam McKay, who finished 11th.
Earl Marriott’s Stuart McDonald was 12th, just two seconds back of McKay.