More than 650 students competed in eight different categories at the P.E.I. School Athletic Association Source for Sports provincial cross-country championships at the Mill River Provincial Park on the weekend.
The event, hosted by the Westisle family of schools, attracted 651 athletes and showcased only the pre-novice to midgets categories.
Seniors and juveniles were held earlier at the Charlottetown Rural High School.
Stonepark Intermediate defended its title by winning a second straight bantam boys’ team competition, edging out Summerside Intermediate by 12 points.
The bantam girls title went to Summerside Intermediate while the midget boys’ division went to Stonepark, which edged Hernewood Intermediate by only four points.
The midget girls’ category went to East Wiltshire.
West Kent Elementary won pre-novice girls while pre-novice boys went to Greenfield Elementary.
The novice boys’ division was won by Elm Street and the novice girls went to Spring Park.
Pre-novice boys and girls (under 10 years) ran a 1.5-kilometre race where a total of 249 runners ran the set course.
Pre-novice girls gold went to Bridget Keedwell of West Kent with a time of 7:16 while teammate Jacquline McQuain finished 11 seconds behind to grab silver. Lindsay Callaghan of St. Louis won bronze with her best time of 7:28.
Pre-novice boys was won by Thomas Harper of Queen Elizabeth in a time of 6:36. Ben Tanton of Elm Street took silver and bronze went to Chris McQuaid West Royalty.
Novice boys and girls (under 12 years) ran a 2.5-km race where 227 competitors ran the demanding course.
In novice girls, Carley Connell of Sherwood won the gold with a time of 11:28. Amelia Jenkins of Glen Stewart took silver and Morganne Rice of Cardigan won the bronze.
Novice boys was won by Jesse Annear of Montague with a time of 10:29. Connor MacEachern of Spring Park earned silver and Ethan Craig of Mount Stewart won the bronze.
Bantam boys and girls (under-14) ran a three-kilometre race where a total of 66 runners took part.
Bantam girls’ gold went to Maggee Fraser of Hernewood, defending her title with a time of 11:40.
Finishing second was Shannon McFaden of Kensington and third went to Lydia Schurman of Summerside. Niall Burnet of Queen Charlotte won the gold in bantam boys with a time of 11:29.
Finishing second was Kenan Wilkie of M.E. Callaghan while bronze went to William Hensbert of Belfast.
Midget boys and girls (under-16) ran a 3.5-km race where a total of 56 runners ran the course.
In midget girls, Marcie MacRae of M.E. Callaghan finished first with a time of 15:55 with the silver medal going to Chelsea Lewis of Hernewood.
The bronze medal was won by Alana Vanwiechen of Montague.
Alex Cyr of l’École Évangeline finished first in midget boys with a time of 13:01.
Taking the silver medal was Brandon Bray of Grace Christian and the bronze was won by Jarred Toole of Englewood.
Approximately 2,000 spectators were on hand.
“The first race started on time and the competition finished on time,” said meet manager Paul Goguen.
“We didn’t have to deal with rain but the course was a bit wet. Considering the amount of rain we received the Mill River course was fairly dry.”
The Westisle family of schools was hosting the event again with the help of the leadership students from the M.E. Callaghan Intermediate High.
This year for the first time the top-20 runners were timed and recorded.