Vancouver Island Cross Country Championships

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October 21, 2013, Victoria, BC. (ISN) – The top high school cross country teams in BC are going to battle at the Vancouver Island High School Championships at Beaver Lake Park on Wednesday October 23rd, 2013.

Last year, Oak Bay Secondary, Reynolds Secondary, and Dover Bay Secondary swept the boys podium at the BC Cross Country Championships in Prince George. These team – along with Mount Doug Secondary, Claremont Secondary, and Carihi Secondary – will be battling for one of the four spots to go to BCs at the Island Championships. Twin brothers Peter and Thomas Oxland (Dover Bay) and Liam Kennel (Oak Bay) will be challenging for both the Island and the BC Championships, which will be held on November 2nd at Aldergrove Lake Park in Langley.

On the girls’ side, the island placed three teams – Nanaimo District Secondary, Oak Bay Secondary, Dover Bay Secondary – in the top ten at the BC Championships last year. Add to that group Carihi Secondary and the makings of a very close girls’ race are now in place. Top runners Myriam Basset (Nanaimo District Secondary), twin sisters Marita and Erica DeSchiffart (Nanaimo Christian School) and grade nine student Desirae Ridenour (Frances Kelsey Secondary) will be challenging for the top spot on the island.

Traditionally, Vancouver Island has had very strong representation at the BC Championships and this event will be the first time this year that all these teams will compete head-to-head.

The Vancouver Island High School Cross Country Championships occurs at Beaver Lake Park (near the entrance to the park off of Elk Lake Dr.) on Wednesday October 23rd, 2013. The girls’ race begins at 1:30pm. The boys’ race begins at 2:00pm. The awards ceremony begins at 2:45pm.

More information about the Vancouver Island Cross Country Championship can be found at 

More information about the BC High School Cross Country Championships can be found at 

Contact Information:

Bob Saunders – Coach – Dover Bay Secondary –

Tessa Kubicek – Coach – Oak Bay Secondary –

Brad Cunningham – Coach – Reynolds Secondary –