Approximately 150 runners of all ages and abilities converged upon the Wapiti Nordic trails on Saturday for the 18th running of the Steve Burgess Memorial XC Running Race.
The Edmonton-based Running Room Athletics Club dominated the top placings in the featured races. The Running Room swept the top 3 places in the men’s 8 km race. Micheal Nishiyama won the race in 27:21, 17 seconds ahead of teammate Mike Stewart.
Running Room athlete Madeline Cummings topped the women’s 6 km field, posting a time of 24:34, 13 seconds better than teammate Lisa Fleming.
The Running Room also won the team competition in the 6 km and 8 km races. The Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club placed second among the men, while the GPRC Varsity Women were second in the women’s race.
The host GPRC Wolves varsity team had a fantastic day against its ACAC rivals. Wolves runners Kelcie Bulas (Women’s 6 km – 3rd overall) and Brandon Wladyko (Men’s 8 km – 4th overall ) were the top college runners and both Wolves teams placed first in the college team standings.
Other category winners were:
Jr Elm Girls Alyssa Elliot Clairmont
Jr Elm Boys Samuel Larka RWZ
Sr Elm Girls Teeghan Shura Woking
Sr Elm Boys Joshua Fong
Jr H Boys Nolan Roberts C Spencer
Jr H Girls Mairen Lawson St Joes
Sr H Girls Cassie Loughlin Glenmary
Sr H Boys Jordan Lundstrom PWA
This coming week is the busiest seven days of the year for local xc runners. Three Wolves Cross Country Series Races are on tap this week including Wanham (Thursday), Peace River (Friday), and Dawson Creek (Saturday). The GPRC Wolves Varsity team is in Red Deer next Saturday for ACAC #4.
Full results posted here