Young Cowichan Valley Athletic Club runner dominates cross-country series

CVACs runner Alexa Dow won the nine-year-old girls race at the provincial cross-country championships in Nanaimo late last month.

Cowichan Valley Athletic Club runner Alexa Dow won the nine-year-old girls race at the provincial cross-country championships in Nanaimo late last month, and also finished first in her division in the BC Athletics Lower Mainland JD Cross Country Series.

With a time of five minutes and 37 seconds, Alexa was the top girl in the nine-year-old race at provincials, and placed third overall out of 43 runners, both boys and girls. She nearly overtook the second-place boy at the finish line.

In the six-race Lower Mainland series, Alexa won all five of the races she entered to finish atop the overall standings.

Two other nine-year-olds represented the CVACs at the provincial championships in Nanaimo: Nathan Day, who finished 10th among boys with a time of 6:05, and Annette Blumel, who was 22nd among girls at 7:15.

Nell Croasdale was 18th in the F10 race with a time of 10:32.

In the F11 division, Lily Hallquist placed 13th at 9:34 and Brooklyn Stobbe was 15th at 9:54. Evan Maher was 18th in the M11 race with a time of 10:29.

Margo Blumel was 13th in the F12 division with a time of 13:28, and Thomas Croasdale placed 10th among 13-year-old boys at 11:21.

In the M15 race, Matt Day placed 25th with a time of 10:54.

Katie Farley of Mill Bay represented the Nanaimo & District Track & Field Club in the F17 division and placed 21st at 16:56. Olivia Peterson and Sarah Rosen, both of Brentwood College School, placed 29th and 30th, respectively, with times of 19:20 and 22:07. CVACs runner Tristan Seibel was 53rd in the M17 race at 23:00.

Jenny White of Duncan won the F40-44 division with a time of 24:53.