The YHS Junior School Cross-Country Team had a tremendous season. With 73 members in Grades 3-7, it was the largest team in the school’s history. Early in September, each young Tiger made a commitment to train not only to improve her overall fitness and endurance, but also to develop the mental toughness to compete in cross-country. Training involved coming to three practices each week and competing in races throughout the Lower Mainland. Supported by a huge team of staff coaches and encouraging families, the Tigers were given excellent conditions to focus on their training and to be at their best for the ISEA Championships.
Tigers, their coaches, and parent supporters gathered at the park at Jericho Beach on a very rainy, chilly Thursday, October 27th. They were not alone; almost 700 young runners representing 13 independent schools had come together for the ISEA Cross-Country Championship!
October 27th was a day to celebrate and compete. Numerous girls achieved personal bests, many received ribbons awarded to the top runners in each grade, and all gave their very best as they competed for their school. Each Tiger played an important role in scoring points for their school both during their race and as they stood on the sidelines cheering for their fellow Tigers.
Our team should be very proud of their third place finish; a great achievement against a highly competitive field of athletes! In the individual grade division, the Grades 3 and 7 team each received a second place finish, and the Grade 4 team received a third place finish. Grade 6s, were fourth overall, and Grade 5s were fifth. Congratulations Tigers!
Many thanks to the staff coaches, parent helpers, and the support of all families! Staff coaches: Kimberley Ryerson, Angela Kingerlee, and Kiera Pearkes from the Little School, Madeleine Abbott, Jennifer Sharp, Krista Payette, Dannika Murray, Lela Ling, and Jason Camp from the Junior School, and Alison Waterhouse from the Senior School. Special thanks are given to Christina Vasak for her fabulous iMovie highlighting the ISEAs Go Tigers!