Karly Dickenson of Wellington Secondary School races to a fifth-place finish Thursday at the Vancouver Island High School Cross-Country Championships at Victoria's Beaver Lake.

Karly Dickenson of Wellington Secondary School races to a fifth-place finish Thursday at the Vancouver Island High School Cross-Country Championships at Victoria's Beaver Lake.

Runners finish strong at cross-country championships

Seven locals posted top-10 finishes at the Vancouver Island High School Cross-Country Championships at Victoria’s Beaver Lake.

Nanaimo’s best cross-country runners weren’t far off the pace at Island championships. Seven locals posted top-10 finishes at this morning’s Vancouver Island High School Cross-Country Championships at Victoria’s Beaver Lake.

The best results came in the senior women’s division. Madison Heisterman, who is from Nanaimo but attends school in the Cowichan Valley, was fourth, completing the 4.2-kilometre course in 16 minutes, 50 seconds. Karly Dickenson of Wellington Secondary School finished fifth in the senior girls’ race in 17:35 and Hope Stewart of John Barsby placed seventh in 17:48.

In senior boys’ competition, Thomas Grabher of Nanaimo District was sixth, completing the 6km course in 22:34.

Among junior girls, three NDSS runners placed in the top 10. Erin Jensen finished sixth in 18:30, Kate Cameron was seventh in 18:41 and Kyra Gillette was 10th in 19:01.

Provincial championships will be Nov. 5 in West Kelowna.

In other cross-country running news, the Nanaimo Track and Field Club will be hosting club provincials on Saturday (Oct. 29) at Beban Park.

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