STRATFORD - It was a banner day for St. Marys and area runners at the 24th annual Patrick Cook Memorial elementary cross-country running meet held here Tuesday at the SERC site.
Runners from Little Falls public school in St. Marys finished first in three different races, and second overall in two others.
Holy Name of Mary had one race winner, and Downie Central had a second-place finisher.
Overall, there were 22 runners from St. Marys and area who finished in the top 10 in their respective races.
Approximately 1,400 students from between the ages of 6 and 13 participated in 16 different races. Thirty-one schools entered the well-attended event.
Winning their respective races from Little Falls were Kiara McGregor, Jimmy Schiedel and Carter McDougall.
McGregor topped a field of 100 runners in the 7-year-old girls race, posting a time of 3:18.08 on the 700-metre course.
Schiedel won the nine-year-old boys race by almost three seconds. His time on the 1,400-metre course was 5:23.53. Little Falls teammates Ian and Owen Boyd finished second and third, respectively, and Michael Boonstra was 12th.
A total of 130 runners competed in the race.
McDougall was a repeat winner. He won the 10-year-old boys race by almost four seconds in a time of 5:37.94. Little Falls teammate Caleb Thompson finished 10th.
Two South Perth runners, Jeremy Stephens and Dustin Schmidt, were ninth and 14th, respectively.
A total of 110 runners competed in the 1,400-metre race.
Holy Name’s Ethan Aarts won a Pat Cook race for the fifth straight year. He set new records in both the nine and 10-year-old boys races the past two years.
This year, Aarts won the 11-year-old boys race by over 26 seconds, in a time of 6:41.46.
Carter Stock, of Downie Central, was second, while Aarts’ Holy Name teammates Curtis Taylor was third, Owen Wrigley eighth, and Paolo Linares was 10th.
Scott Standeaven, of Downie Central, was seventh, while Nolan Shackleton and Jack Thorup, of Little Falls, were 13th and 15th, respectively.
Eighty runners competed in the 1,800-metre race, and eight of the top 15 runners were from St. Marys and area.
Ryan Hodkinson, of Little Falls, was second in the eight-year-old boys race, in a time of 2:50.50. Teammate Peyton Lobb was 13th.
A total of 170 runners competed on the 700-metre course.
In the seven-year-old boys race, Nate Schiedel, of Little Falls, was fourth in a time of 3:06.27. Teammate Colton Hawkins was 13th.
A total of 113 runners competed in the 700-metre race.
There were five local runners among the top 15 finishers in the 12-year-old girls race.
Ally Muir, of St. Marys DCVI, finished fifth in a time of 5:47.10. Ella Wouters and Avery Neal, of Downie Central, were eighth and ninth, respectively. Jaci Mitchell, of South Perth Centennial was 14th and Jillian Oesch, of Downie Central, was 15th.
A total of 40 runners took part in the 1,400-metre race.
In the six-year-old boys race, Simon Taylor, of Little Falls, finished sixth in a time of 3:34.01. Evan Ballantyne, of Holy Name, was eighth, and Charlie Bender, of Little Falls, was 11th.
A total of 52 runners competed on the 700-metre course.
In the nine-year-old girls race, Ellen Thorup, of Little Falls, was seventh in a time 4:08.60. Chandler Smith, of Holy Name, was ninth and Anne Griffith-Jones, of Little Falls, was 14th.
A total of 110 runners competed in the 900-metre race.
In the eight-year-old girls race, Avery Jones, of Little Falls, finished 10th in a time of 3:11.28. Sarah Damen, of Holy Name, was 11th, and Anna Ropp, of South Perth, was 12th.
A total of 140 runners competed on the 700-metre course.
Three Downie Central runners finished among the top 15 in the 11-year-old girls race. They were: Lilly Wilson (10th), Sierra Burger (11th) and Olivia Beckett (12th).
A total of 63 runners competed in the 1,400-metre race.
In the 12-year-old boys race, Eric Taylor, of St. Marys DCVI, finished 12th overall. Teammate Sam Bolton was 14th.
A total of 60 runners competed on the 1,800-metre course.
In the 13-year-old boys race, Liam DeNeve, of St. Marys DCVI, finished 12th overall. Tom Wrigley, of Holy Name, was 14th.
A total of 40 runners competed in the 2,900-metre race.
In the 10-year-old girls race, Lydia Taylor, of Little Falls, was 12th overall. A total of 105 runners competed on the 900-metre course.
In the 13-year-old girls race, Laurisa Wiper, of Downie Central, finished ninth overall. Forty runners competed in the 1,800-metre race.
--There were two new records set last Tuesday.
Tessa Burdett, of St. Aloysius, established a new mark in the six-year-old girls race. She won the 700-metre race by almost 26 seconds.
The other new record was set by Stratford Central’s Josh Zelek in the 13-year-old boys race. His time was 10:13.38 over the 2,900-metre course. Zelek won the race by over 52 seconds.
--Funds raised from the Pat Cook Run support graduation scholarships, tents for sports teams, and track and field equipment.