Summerstown, ON – The weather conditions were perfect for the more than 140 students who took part in the first ever high school cross-country meet to be held at the Summerstown trails. The event took place on Wednesday, October 12, with the following eight schools from the Cornwall and SDG region participating: St. Joseph CSS, Char-Lan DHS, Cornwall Collegiate (CCVS), Le Relais, Holy Trinity, Tagwi, St. Matthiews CSS, and Glengarry District HS.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School teacher Lynn McCuaig decided to organize the meet to give competitive opportunities to students. “Some of the meets being organized are just too far, and require too much travel time and expense to attend,” said Lynn McCuaig. “Our students have been training diligently, and I wanted to give them the opportunity to test themselves against other students on the beautiful Summerstown trails. The trails offer a wooded, rolling terrain, perfect for cross-country racing,” she added.
There were six races in all, with distances varying from 4 to 6 km. The winners for each race were:
- Grade 9 girls: Sadie Cameron (GDHS)
- Grade 9 boys: Camden McCuaig (Char-Lan)
- Grade 10 girls: Emma Morrow (St. Joe’s)
- Grade 10 boys: Owen McMillan (GDHS)
- Grade 11 girls: Cadi Geertsma (Tagwi)
- Grade 11 boys: Ian McCosham (St. Joe’s)
The meet was a great success with the Friends of the Summerstown Trails volunteers providing additional help in organizing the event. “Our volunteers were eager to be part of this first ever H.S. cross-country meet at the trails. It was a great way to kickstart our coming season at the trails,” declared FOTST President Vic Leroux.
The trails are located on Summerstown Road, 1.6 km north of exit 804 of the 401.