Cross country athletes compete at provincials

Trafalgar's Matti Erickson was Nelson's top runner at the Kelowna event.

Nelson's Matti Erickson on his way to a sixth-place finish at the BC High School cross country championships.

Nelson was well represented at the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships this past weekend in Kelowna.

The top runners from all the high schools in the province were in attendance at the meet.

Runners from L.V. Rogers, Trafalgar, Wildflower and l’ecole des Sentiers-alpins were among the 1,000 athletes taking part.

Trafalgar’s Matti Erickson was Nelson’s top runner.

Erickson completed the 4.4-kilometre hilly course in 17 minutes 36 seconds to place sixth out of 250 runners.

He was the top Grade 8 athlete in the junior boys event, which included Grade 9 to 10 runners.

Erickson’s teammate Kieran Dehnel finished 27th in the same race.

The top finisher from Nelson in the junior girls race was Avie Waterfall of Trafalgar. In the senior girls race, the LVR squad of Emily Taylor, Mykila Bergmann, Bethany Pardoe, and Gretchen Lewandowski placed 24th out of 32 teams.

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