Dover cross-country building tradition

Dover Bay Secondary School's cross-country running team has an Island championship and a shot to do well at provincials.

Dover Bay’s cross-country team has put in a lot of kilometres to earn its nameplate on the Island championship trophy.

Bob Saunders, the team’s coach, said his team’s achievement last week was the result of years of work. The school developed a tradition of podium finishes at Islands and provincials, and finally broke through this year, snapping Oak Bay’s streak of nine straight Island titles.

Now Dover, led by Thomas and Peter Oxland, Garrett Dunlop, Nic Ascui and Trent Arnott, goes into provincials Saturday (Nov. 5) in Kelowna at full speed.

“As long as the kids run their best we’ll be happy,” said Saunders. “Our expectations are to go up there and everybody try their best and whatever happens, happens.”

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