Last Saturday, VOC athletes delivered amazing performances at the BC Provincial Cross Country Championships in Nanaimo. Thomas Nobbs won the Youth 5 km race and Kendra Lewis won the 3km race for 13 year olds.
Kendra Lewis ran a great 3 km race for the 13 years old girls, leading the pack from start to finish.
Lewis achieved a personal best by 30 sec., running for the first time under 10 min with a new result of 9:54. At the same distance, Stephanie Berringer, who ran her best race of the year, came 5th in the 12 year old age group with a great time of 11:45.
The distance for the 16-17 year olds was 5km. It was the most spectacular race of the day, not only as the last race of the championships, but because fans were witness to top elite athletes from the both within the province and nationally. A few of them have had international experience, including Sean Bergman, a Canadian Champion and record holder in 2000m Steeplechase, who is ranked top 10 in the world at the last World Championship in Cali, Columbia.
It was a thrilling race from start to finish for two Vancouver cross country leaders, Thomas Nobbs of VOC, Kieran Lumb of Lord Byng, and Sean Bergman of Okanagan Athletics Club, running shoulder to shoulder to the end. It was a photo finish, with first place awarded to Thomas Nobbs, the new BC champion. Thomas had a tremendous performance with a time of 15:34.57 and Lumb, in second place, with 3/100 of the sec. behind Nobbs. Bergman, also had a great race, coming third to the finish line with the time of 15:38.
This past year, Nobbs has had a spectacular improvement in his results in all the events.
Sixteen year old, Ben Paetzel, is improving quickly and ran a solid race with a good time of 18:02.
Congratulations to all VOC athletes for a remarkable finish to the 2015 Cross Country season.