Huntsville shines at cross-country meet
Hoyas qualify for OFSAA this Saturday
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Mariah Smith of the HHS senior girls’ team outdistances her competition at the Georgian Bay championships last Thursday.
HUNTSVILLE - They call us their “little friends from the north.”
Well, the cross-country running teams from the south met their match in Huntsville High School on Wed, Oct. 24.
The Georgian Bay Secondary Schools Association’s cross-country running meet was held in Duntroon, where Huntsville High School was a force to be reckoned with. In fact, the team as a whole came second, defeating 33 other teams.
In the boys’ division, HHS was unbeatable and took first place. It was an exceptional day for the team and for several individual runners who qualified for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championships, including Shannon Marshall, Adam Lavigne, Mariah Smith, and Jocelyn Robertson. The senior boys’ team also qualified, taking first place at the meet and enabling Ben Forestell, Josh Stevens, Alex Griffiths, and Austin Simonette to compete at Ontario Federation School Athletic Association in Brampton on Saturday.
Coaches Pierre Mikhail and Catherine Smith expressed how proud they were of the team, and co-coaches and supportive parents conceded that sportsmanship awards could have been granted to all runners on the team.
The success of the cross-country running team cannot be attributed to any particular individual; rather it is the strength of the team that pushes people to the finish line. Teammates cheered and encouraged one another; teacher-coaches covered the administrative work and ran in practices five days a week, as did supportive parents, some of whom attended meets in encouragement even when their children were not running.
With that kind of support an athlete can’t help but train hard and enjoy the success that hard work brings. The team looks forward to cheering on qualifying runners on Saturday at OFSAA.