By: Kate J. ’22
The 2021 Spartan cross country season has come to an end, and what an exceptional season it was! Both the Middle and Senior School teams demonstrated determination, commitment, enthusiasm, and leadership throughout the season. This season provided opportunities for the Middle School students to train with the Senior School students, allowing them to improve and put themselves against tougher competition.
This year started out with the first race back since the 2019 season and was an awesome opportunity to get back into racing after such a long time off. The Middle School runners had some impressive placings:
Meghan M. ’27 for placing 3rd in the Grade 7 girls’ race
Lucy G. ’26 for placing 2nd in the Grade 8 girls’ race
Maximus B. ’26 for placing 3rd in the Grade 8 boys’ race
Maia M. ’25 for placing 3rd in the Grade 9 girls’ race
The Senior School students had great races as well, with placings in all age groups we had runners in.
The South Central Zone race occurred in Trochu. While the course was physically and mentally grueling with steep up and down hills, it proved no match for our STS teams.
Congratulations to: Lucy G. ’26 for placing 2nd in the 3J category the Grade 8 girls race
While COVID-19 halted our previous seasons, it also caused massive changes to Provincials: the qualifications from South Central Zones changed from the usual top 18, to the top 10.
The following Senior School runners qualified:
Olivia G. ’24
Avinash M. ’24
Claire O. ’23
Avery M. ’23 (2nd in his race)
Lillian P. ’22
The great results of both the Middle and Senior School teams meant that both groups won the Zone banner for their respective divisions. An awesome clean sweep in one of the most competitive zones in the province!
Provincials were held in Red Deer and our small but mighty team of runners had awesome races on what is being called the hardest course to ever host a provincial race. The team placed second for the provincial banner. In addition to the great races, Lillian P. ’22 was awarded a sportsmanship pin after being nominated by a coach from another school for stopping to help an injured runner.
Congratulations to all runners who competed this year or showed up to run with the team at practice! Thank you for an amazing season.