Wins gold at Athletics Ontario cross country championships
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - Andrew Monteith had the run of his career and now the Lynhurst native is a provincial champion.
Monteith, competing for London Legion club, won the under-14 boys' two kilometre race at Athletics Ontario cross country championships, November 10th, at Seneca College, in King City.
"It was surreal after it happened," said Monteith, a Grade eight student at Southwold elementary. "I finished and I looked around. I made sure it's all real and not a dream. Everyone was gasping and falling down all around me (finishing the race). I thought about doing that too, but realized I probably wouldn't get back up."
Monteith won by two seconds over a trio of runners, from the University of Toronto track club.
"I had a good start and it was me and four other guys (all UT). I stayed on their shoulders for the first 400 metres because I never walked the course so I was trying to get a feel for it," Monteith said.
"When I started to feel more comfortable, I took the lead. They didn't let me get far maybe a couple steps, but I held that until about three quarters of the race. Then I had a couple of guys take the lead. I stayed on their shoulders. When we came out of the woods, it was the final hill and then probably a 50 metre sprint to the finish. That's when I got my lead."
Monteith missed the course walk on Saturday due to playing hockey with the St. Thomas minor bantam Jr. Stars. The team has won two tournaments, including regional Silver Stick, adding to a memorable autumn for Monteith.
In October, Monteith won the open boys race, at the Thames Valley elementary cross country finals.
"It was a great season. I couldn't be happier," said Monteith. "This is definitely a confidence booster."
The Southold Cougar remains undecided on what high school he will attend next year, but it's between Parkside and Central Elgin.
AO local results
Monteith was one of 15 runners at the AO meet, from Elgin County and Dorchester.
Dylan Oprenchok, a student at Elgin Court elementary in St. Thomas, was 32nd, in the U14 boys' race.
Brent Haggerty finished 16th, in the U16 boys race, running for St. Thomas Legion Club, followed by teammates Mason Basson in 29th spot, Harrison Belanger, 49th and Vincent Moore, 54th.
Hallee Knelsen, 16, placed 20th, in the under 18 girls' race. Claire Craig was 96th and Arielle Aitken-Guignard, 103rd.
Tristan Cole was 32nd, in the U18 boys' event, with his brother Aiden, placing 72nd.
Owen Pink and Connor Erb, of Dorchester, finished 50th and 57th, respectively, in the U18 boys' race.
Hannah McIntyre placed 56th, in U16 girls.
Justin Cole was 110th, in U18 boys.