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LDSS midget boys win LDSS midget boys win team title

  Dorchester runners as good as 1-2-3

By Rob J. Ross

Avery Dance.

Avery Dance, in the midget girls race. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

NILESTOWN, Ont. - Jaxon Nolte wasn't about to let his injured toe slow him.

The Grade nine student from Lord Dorchester secondary school, overcame a fractured toe, to win the midget boys' race, at the Thames Valley Region Athletics Tri-County cross country championships, October 19, at the Polish Canadian Centre.

 Tri-County full results

Nolte led a Dorchester sweep of the top three, as team-mates Trevor Whitesell and Garrett Snyders, finished second and third, respectively. Matt Vervoordeldonk placed sixth, as LDSS handily won the team title.

Nolte injured his big toe on his right foot two days earlier during a fall. He has some pain but not enough to cut short his running season.

"I stuck it up while I was running," Nolte said. "I did pretty well for having that. I think it was one of my stronger races."

Having the top three finishers did surprise.

"We were expecting to be in the top 10, but we weren't expecting to be that close," Nolte said.

For close to half the race, Nolte and Whitesell ran side by side, before it was Nolte pulling away and winning by 39 seconds.

Whitesell and Snyders were eight seconds apart, while Vervoordeldonk crossed the finish line, seven seconds later.

Avery Dance.

Dorchester's Madison Wright (440) and Sierra Scott (430), push each other, during the TVRA Tri-County junior girls' race. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

The boys now head to the WOSSAA championships, on October 27, at Springbank Park, in London, looking to qualify for the provincial meet.

"I'm hoping as a team we can make it to OFSAA," Nolte said. "Laurier and STA (from London) will be tough competition."

Laurier, with four runners in the top nine and St. Thomas Aquinas, with race winner Justin Sanders, finished one-two, in midget boys, at the TVRA Central meet.

From Tri-County, the top 20 runners in each division, move on to WOSSAA, as well as the runners on the top two teams in each division.

St. Thomas St. Joe's won both the midget girls and senior girls team titles, as well as the senior boys division. The school had no race champions, but had the runner-up in three races.

St. Joe's pushed five runners in to the senior boys' top 10, led by Joey Hardy, in second place.

Of the 73 runners in the senior girls' race, 22 were from St. Joe's. Kyleigh Stubbs placed second, followed by Jocelyn Delgado, in third spot. St. Joe's repeated the two-three finish in the midget girls' race, with Kaila Novak and Emily Arn.

Strathroy D.C.I. took the junior girls team title and St. Thomas Central Elgin won the junior boys division.

Individual race winners (school):

Senior girls - Mikenna Vanderheyden  (Strathroy DCI)

Senior boys – Brad Sheeler (Strathroy Holy Cross)

Junior boys – Aaron Canfield (Woodstock Huron Park)

Junior girls – Holly Hanchiruk (Woodstock Huron Park)

Midget girls – Kystin Walleyn (Woodstock St. Mary’s)

Midget boys – Jaxon Nolte (Lord Dorchester)

Avery Dance.

Desiree Catunto, of Woodstock College Avenue(117) seems completely surrounded by several St. Joseph's Rams, in the early stages of the junior girls race. (photo / Rob J. Ross)














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