Bennison bags Seattle title

Vernon’s Hannah Bennison won the Washington State Huskies Sundodger Varsity girls 5,000-metre cross-country run.

Hannah Bennison runs at the Sundodger in Seattle.

Hannah Bennison runs at the Sundodger in Seattle.

Vernon’s Hannah Bennison, running with Okanagan athletics club, won the Washington State Huskies Sundodger Varsity girls 5,000-metre cross-country run Saturday in Seattle.

The Sundodger is one of North America’s major cross-country meets for the early season.

Bennison, a VSS student, ran the race in her favorite way. She had a strong start, and led from the start to the finish, posting a blistering 17 minutes and 19 seconds.

Second-place Brenna Peloquin, ran in 17 minutes 42 seconds. Peloquin, running with Gig Harbor School,  was favored to win the race having won the previous year, and being ranked the No. 1 female cross country runner in Washington State

The race  took place in Seattle’s beautiful Lincoln Park, on a sunny fall day with 66 athletes from all over the Pacific Northwest.

The Okanagan Athletic club placed second overall, a fantastic result for their first attempt at this meet.

Okanagan Athletic club teammate Taryn O’Neill finished fifth in 18 minutes and 16 seconds. She missed the podium by 24 seconds.

Kyra McNulty finished eighth in 18:27. Rylee Paulson’s

The Okanagan Athletics are coached by Nathan Reiter.

Earlier this season, Bennison, representing the Vernon AAA Track Club member, won the women’s 14-15  B.C. Athletics 2,000-metre provincial championship race in Kamloops and claimed the 1,200- and 2,000-metre races at the Langley Pacific Invitational last weekend.