Summerland Secondary School’s cross-country team had a successful race at Campbell Mountain in Penticton last week. Every runner showed a significant improvement. The team has 18 runners who have qualified for the Valley Championships at Telemark Nordic area on Oct. 25. In the back row from left are coach Brian Salter

Cross-country runners take top spots

Summerland runners took the top spots in the junior categories at a recent cross-country race at Campbell Mountain.

Summerland runners took the top spots in the junior categories at a recent cross-country race at Campbell Mountain.

The race, on Oct. 12, was the last cross-country race before the valley championships.

In the junior boys category, Keegan Ingram a Grade 9 student from Summerland Secondary School, finished with a time of 15:49.

He was followed by Summerland runner Jason Scherban, who had a time of 15:57 and Ben Geertz, with a time of 16:00.

The fourth-place runner was Ethan Sands, also from Summerland, with a time of 17:03.

Koen Buckingham finished in eighth place with a time of 19:15, while Luke Usher was 11th, at 20:19. Reilly Noble placed 13th with a time of 21:33.

In the junior girls category, Olivia Harrold and Natalie Benoit of Summerland were tied for first, with a time of 19:31.

In fifth place, Delaney Sorensen finished with a time of 23:30 while Annika Carlson crossed the line a second later for the sixth place finish.

Haleigh Bach placed seventh, at 24:42 while Rayman Klar was eighth at 28:45. Regina Fernandez finished in ninth place at 29:23.

Among the senior girls, Olivia Eaton finished seventh, with a time of 22:32.

The valley championships will be held at Telemark Nordic Club in West Kelowna on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The provincial championships, also at Telemark, will be held Saturday, Nov. 5.