Local athletes impress at OFSAA

Saugeen Royals runner Emily Bryce (No. 257) won the OFSAA Cross Country Championships junior girls race with a time of 19:23.2 at Christie Lake in Hamilton on Nov. 3. Bryce's time was over 10 seconds better than the second-place finisher, and her average mile pace was 6:15. Photo submitted.

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Emily Bryce was the first junior girl to cross the finish line at the OFSAA Cross Country Championships in Hamilton on Nov. 3.

It took ten more seconds for the next long-distance runner to catch up with the Royals running star.

Bryce’s time of 19:23.2 in the 5000-metre race earned her the gold medal in the event. Her mile pace of 6:14 was the best of the class by three seconds on average.

The OFSAA result is the latest in a slew of race victories for the young runner. Bryce won a gold medal this summer as part of the Ontario team in the under-16 girls sprinting medal relay at the Youth National Track and Field Championships.

She’s previously won the OFSAA gold at last year’s track and field championships in the midget girls 3000-metre race with a time of 10:29.15, and the OFSAA West midget girls 1500-metre run with a time of 4:48.40 in Windsor. She had a six-second cushion on the second-place finisher.

Byrce’s teammate with the Royals, Samara Quanz, finished fifth in the senior girls 6000-metre race at the OFSAA Cross Country Championships with a time of 23:29.9.

Cameron Ormond out of Aurora won the race in 23:01.7.

Quanz won the junior girls 3000-metre race at last year’s Bluewater Athletic Association Track and Field Championships in Kincardine.

Owen Sound District’s Ethan Kruisselbrink finished 48thin the senior boys 6000-metre cross-country race at OFSAA with a time of 21:14.1.

Tayden Hannivan from Grey Highlands Secondary School finished 48thin the junior boys 5000-metre race with a time of 18:34.4.

Cohen Martin, a Sacred Heart Crusader, finished 10thin the midget boys 4000-metre race running a time of 14:53.1.

Martin’s Sacred Heart teammate, Ana Morariu, finished 17thfor the Crusaders in the junior girls race with a time of 20:44.3.

Ottawa’s Glebe Collegiate Institute won the OFSSA Cross Country Championships overall point race with 74 points across all divisions.