The Walnut Grove Gators continue to excel in the B.C. high school cross country circuit.

Walnut Grove Gators’ Grade 8 girls great at Valleys

Local cross country runners impressed at Crescent Park in Surrey.

Walnut Grove Secondary’s Grade 8 girls runners rule the Fraser Valley, after a dominant showing in Surrey on Oct. 28.

Kelsey Stelnick (2nd), Emma Rolfson (4th), Holley Harrison (5th), Cassidy Cardle (9th), and Sydney Wick (13th) spearheaded the Grade 8 Gator girls to a first place team showing at the Fraser Valley championships at Crescent Park.

Rounding out the Gators runners was Olivia Kozlovic, who placed 42nd.

Madison Stoochnoff from Holy Cross won the Grade 8 girls race.

Langley Christian runner Leah Bakker placed 7th.

Another local standout was Yorkson Creek’s Felix Allen, who placed 3rd in the Grade 8 boys race.

Junior girls

Langley Christian’s Brooke Mussche won the individual junior girls crown, placing first in 17:52.64.

Walnut Grove captured the junior girls team title, led by point-scoring runners Grace Chalk (9th), Samantha Matthewman (16th), Sarah Buckingham (21st), Katie MacEwen (24th), Julia Spearn (29th), and April St. Pierre (55th).

Senior boys and girls

The Gators senior girls, led by Isabella Boccia (9th), and Chelsea Borrowdale (10th), finished third while Walnut Grove’s senior boys, including Ford McMahon (10th) and Paul Buckingham, Will Riley, and Jake Robertson, who placed 14th, 15th, and 16th respectively, ended up second.

Junior boys

Led by Zach and Tate Wyatt (3rd and 4th, respectively) and Jordan Schmidt (7th), the R.E. Mountain junior boys won the Fraser Valley banner.

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