Cross country running kicks off

Brodie Thomas
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They couldn’t have asked for better weather.That’s according to Shawn Anderson, organizer the second annual LeGallais Memorial Invitational Cross-Country Run.

Desmond Keeping and Dylan Farrell take off with the pack at the first cross country race of the season.


The race had students from Belanger Memorial School, St. James Elementary, St. James Regional High and LeGallais Memorial competing in a foot race through Isle aux Morts.

There were two age groups: Grades 4 to 6 and Grades 7 to 9. The younger groups ran 1.5 kilometres while the older students ran 3 kilometres.

The route took them through Isle aux Morts. Mr. Anderson said the Isle aux Morts Volunteer Fire Department helped by blocking off roads while the races took place.

Mr. Anderson said the race has been a success for the past two years and he wants to keep it going every year.

The gym at LeGallais was packed as runners and many parents waited for the event to begin. Mr. Anderson told the runners that winning was not the most important thing.

“It doesn’t matter what place you come in as long as you had fun,” he said. “If you made a friend or had fun day, it was a job well done. Iit doesn’t matter if you came first or last.”

In the boys Grades 4 to 6 race, Ryan Osmond of St. James elementary came first at 6 minutes, 26 seconds. Nick Osmond of Belanger was second with a time of 6 minutes, 44 seconds. Luc Strickland of St. James Elementary placed third at 6 minutes, 47 seconds.

In the girls Grades 4 to 6 race, Angela MacNeil of Belanger was first at 6 minutes, 48 seconds. Chelsea Carroll of Belanger came second at 6 minutes, 56 seconds. Samantha Dominix from LeGallais was third at 7 minutes.

In the boys Grades 7 to 9 race, Lucas MacArthur of Belanger was first with a time of 14 minutes, 9 seconds. John Coleman of LeGallais was just behind him at 14 minutes, 13 seconds. Kirkland King of LeGallais was third with a time of 17 minutes, 29 seconds.

In the girls Grades 7 to 9 race, Katie Bungay of Belanger was first with 14 minutes, 49 seconds. Selena Bungay, also of Belanger, came second at 15 minutes and 8 seconds. Victoria Seymour from LeGallais was third with a time of 15 minutes, 24 seconds.

Mr. Anderson expressed gratitude to the two timekeepers, Michelle Keeping and Melanie Dominix, for tabulating the re-sults

Organizations: Belanger Memorial School, Isle aux Morts Volunteer Fire Department

Geographic location: Isle aux Morts

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