Ideal day for cross country championships


TRENTON — Conditions could hardly be better on Monday for the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s cross country championships at Trenton Park.

Pictou County got a chance to host the event as part of the Northumberland Region. The Northumberland Region meet took place on Oct. 21 at Trenton Park.

Race official Breanna Sandluck, who is among those involved with Pictou County Athletics, said the pieces for hosting the races were falling into place.

“It’s exciting,” she said. “It’s a big event for the community. The course is really nice.”

The grassy area inside the main entrance served as the finish area, while runners started downhill from behind the amphitheatre.

More than 600 runners and several hundred parents, coaches and fans filled the amphitheatre seats for the official opening ceremonies.

Six races were run in three age groups: junior boys and girls, intermediate boys and girls and senior boys and girls.

Ethan MacDonald of North Nova won and Luke MacDonald of Pictou Academy was second in the senior boys’ provincial race. They also finished 1-2 in the regional race.

Allie Sandluck of North Nova was third, Kristen Ross of Northumberland was fourth, Eilidh Cameron of Northumberland was fifth and Taylor Long of North Nova was sixth in the senior girls’ regional race.

Ross was third in the provincial race.

Conrad Robertson of North Nova was second in the intermediate boys’ regional race, while Cara MacDonald of North Nova was second in the intermediate girls’ race.

Robertson and MacDonald placed their in their respective provincial races.

Caden Campbell’s fifth place finish was the best local in the junior boys’ race.

Runners pass along the green pathway that was part of the cross country course for races on Monday at Trenton Park. (Goodwin photo)