Natalie and Megan Johnson of the Vernon Panthers claimed second and third place respectively in the senior girls division at the North Zone cross-country running meet Wednesday at Fulton Secondary.
Natalie finished the 5-kilometre course in 22 minutes and 20 seconds, while Megan clocked a 23:24. Emmy Sim of the Salmon Arm Jewels was first overall in 20:54.
The Panthers’ Marin Carruthers (24:52), Bronwyn Kohut (26:17), Melanie Wakutz (26:51) and Kayla Jackson (27:21) all cracked the top 12. Fulton’s Ali Cassanova, Nicole Moore and Samantha Ferrier ranked 14th, 15th and 16th respectively.
In the senior boys division (7-km course), Connor Johnson, a Grade 8 student at VSS, recorded a 28:24 for fourth place.
Fulton’s Joey Kohut (29:21), Sol Bortucene (31:32), Kyle Karens (36:17) and Jonathan Kohut (39:58), and the Panthers’ Josh Readshaw (31:07), Michael Toporchak (34:03) and Jesslee Boudreau (39:41) turned in top-20 finishes.
Salmon Arm’s Thomas Hardy took first overall in 26:04.
In junior girls racing, Vernon’s Hanna Bennison (22:23) was runner-up behind the Jewels’ Glynis Sim (20:22).
Hannah Mehain of the Seaton Sonics took fourth place in 22:53, with Vernon’s Noah Zurfluh (23:05) and Jessica Camalush (23:18), and Armstrong’s Ravi Vliet (26:12) finishing in the top 10.
Mackenzie Moody of the Pleasant Valley Saints won the junior boys class with a 27:27, followed by Eamonn Miller of the Sonics in second at 28:07.
In the team competition, Salmon Arm squeaked by VSS by a single point to take top senior girls team. However, three of the top four Cats were juniors, and two of them Grade 8s, so both schools are looking forward to another season of head-to-head rivalry.
The race featured 80 North Zone racers. Next week the action moves to Revelstoke.