Bailey Johnson leads the pack during a cross-country race in Penticton on Monday afternoon. Johnson and Olivia Eaton of Summerland finished in the top tier among the senior girls racers. A race will be held in Summerland on Wednesday

Cross-country runners excel

Runners from Summerland Secondary School have had strong performances in this year’s cross-country races.

Runners from Summerland Secondary School have had strong performances in this year’s cross-country races.

Brian Salter, coach of the cross-country teams at the high school, said the school’s junior boys team took the first four spots in a recent event in Penticton.

Keagan Ingram finished first, Jason Scherban finished second, Ben Geertz was third and Ethan Sands was fourth on the Sept. 19 race, the first cross-country race of the season. Koen Buckingham was the seventh-place finisher.

Among the junior girls, Olivia Harrold finished second, Elizabeth MacIntosh placed fifth and Annika Carlson was sixth.

The senior girls team had three strong finishers, with Bailey Johnson in fifth place, Olivia Eaton in sixth and Rachel Shanner in seventh. They crossed the finish line within nine seconds of each other.

The next race, on Monday, also had strong Summerland performances, with Scherban placing first in his division, followed by Geertz in second place and Buckingham in eight place.

Harrold was the top Summerland finisher among the junior girls team.

Olivia Eaton and Johnson finished in the top tier in the senior girls category.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Summerland will host a cross-country race at the Test of Humanity site.