This past Wednesday, history wasn’t so much made, as it was reaffirmed. While distance running has a long and proud history that dates back to the founding of the school, Lakefield’s inaugural invitational cross-country race made close to 250 athletes from as far away as Kingston and Haliburton, suddenly stand up and take notice, often for reasons that had nothing to do with the actual race being run. Athletes warmed up by the waterfront and walked by one of the only gymnasiums that is as much about the sports contained within as it is about the feelings it evokes. Wednesday’s race also marked the beginning of a plan years in the making of which trail building and racing mark the launch of Lakefield’s signature Nordic program. Future plans include vying to host OFSAA in both cross country running and Nordic in the next few years.
Schools coming from both the public and independent systems were greeted by Mr. Ross’ Fitness class and Mr. O’Grady’s School Life class. And they were cheered on by LCS students regardless of the team they represented.
But all races need a story and it is a story that race director Todd Harris has been putting together for months. If the Trinity race had a mountain, then the Grove course would have a soul. Athletes didn’t just start and finish, they charged up “Grape Lane,” they ran past “the barn” and tore past Bird’s place before plummeting down “Mrs. Allan’s hill”
But maybe it was a comment made about the historic performances of Evan Armstrong, Anna Harris and Thomas Larson following their respective third, second and first-place finishes, that could have applied to the school as a whole, “you had better get used to people knowing who you are.”
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Jack Hodges demonstrating what it means to “leave it all on the track” by projectile vomiting at the finish line, and in the process, also discovering that leaving it all on the track can be a metaphor and an actual event.
Wellesley Yue showing the spirit of XC and never relenting.
Anna Guest, and Mairi Ross going like hell and finishing within seconds of each other.
Team Captain Keegan Sayles, not showing much rust after spending four weeks on injured reserve.
Ryosuke, Aidan Melville and Gacku Ogawa working together as a team throughout the Senior Boys Race.