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Dragons Taste National Championships Silver


Durham Dragons Athletics wrapped up the club cross-country season with a impressive second place finish at the AGSI National Cross Country Championships in Guelph, on Saturday (November 27th 2010).  In the U20 boys division the Dragons team total of 60 points was just a couple of great races shy of the 47 point standard set by the repeating champion team from Windsor in this 8km event.  The top six runners were Xavier King, 7th,  Steve Hosier, 11th, Jay Boychuk, 19th, Jordan Bierema, 23rd, Brandon Kirkup, 50th, and Evan Esselink, 67th.  This accomplishment is even more impressive considering the number of top clubs drawing from Durham, such as the Toronto Olympic Club, and Phoenix Athletics. 

Top Phoenix athlete, Connor Darlington, finished 4th overall earning a spot on the national team along with Xavier King who also qualified with his finish.  Both athletes will compete for Canada in Trinidad for the North American Championships, and then again in Spain for the World Championships, in March 2011.

Also competing at the National Championships were the Dragons girls team of Rebecca Wendt, 26th, Katy Codyre, 61st, Victoria Samyn, 71st, and Siobhan Klie, 90th, who combined to finish 9th in the U20 5km team competition .  Also running was Toronto Olympic Club athlete Alison Smegal in 101st.  In the boys competition there were many other local finishers representing the three main clubs, most notably, Matt Stephenson, 36th, Chris Moyer, 86th, Jeremy Coughler, 107th, Nick Reay 111th, Ethan Henry 114th, Andrew White, 120th,  and Brendan Randall, 125th.   Last but certainly not least, Matt Hughes, running for the Toronto Olympic Club, finished 10th in the Open Men’s race.

This closes out a good season for the Dragons in which Xavier King won the lone individual medal for Durham, representing Pickering High School, at the OFSAA championships with his third place finish, and then followed it up with silver at the club provincials leading his U18 team to a 3rd place finish.  At the provincial level, the Dragons U16 boys team finished 5th, the U15 boys team was 2nd, the U13 boys team 1st, and the U11 girls team was 4th.  The club also had two U13 individual champions:  Megan Gates, U13 girls; Riley Tell, U13 boys.  Xavier King’s national team selection was the icing on the cake, the 12th such selection for Durham Dragons athletes since 2003.

Dale Lapham
Durham Dragons Athletics, Pickering High School

 

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