Epoch wins silver in junior girls race
Peacock couldn’t have come much closer to winning its first cross country provincial title.
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Peacock's cross country team stands on the medal podium after collecting their silver medals Saturday.
Instead the 20 runners from Peacock will have to settle with being the second-best cross country team in the province as they were edged by two points by Yorkton Regional in the 4A classification at the SHSAA provincial cross country championships at Little Loon Regional Park Saturday.
“We had a fantastic day,” said Peacock coach Renee Verge. “We performed as well, if not better than we hoped to.
“As a team for us to medal in the biggest classification in the province and come up with a silver ... was really awesome for Peacock. That’s huge for us.”
The highest four finishes by each school count towards the overall team title. The senior boys ran the final race with and Yorkton’s Alex Fruman and Jaden Porte finished fourth and fifth to edge Peacock’s Daniel Ferguson and Graeme Fish who were sixth and seventh respectively.
“We knew we needed one more great performance and for them to finish sixth and seventh was outstanding for them,” said Verge.
The lower the point total the better — a gold medal is worth one point — and Yorkton Regional’s 15 points and Peacock’s 17 points were ahead of all of the other schools regardless of classification.
“We’ve worked really hard at Peacock on that team concept,” said Verge. Peacock matched their best-ever showing. They won a silver at provincials five years ago.
“It was significant that Yorkton was first and we were second in the biggest classification. That speaks highly of our runners that it’s not just Regina and Saskatoon schools dominating,” said Verge.
Central finished sixth in the 3A category with 84 points.
Peacock’s Libby Epoch was the only local medalist. She finished seven seconds behind Aurilla Wilson from Balgonie Greenall in the junior girls race. Central’s Taylor Kell was eighth.
“Libby won provincial silver, same as last year. She’s racing against an unbelievably fast girl, so she tucked in behind her and those two really quickly separated themselves from the rest of the field,” said Verge.
Other top-10 finishes included Peacock’s Mekonnen Cridland who was fourth in midget boys, Kalen Roney from Peacock who was fifth in junior boys and Central’s Nathanael Avery was 10th in senior boys.
“With two kilometres left in his race, Mekonnen Cridland took the lead and he was with a very strong pack of runners and he finished fourth. That was a very exciting race,” said Verge.
“Kalen broke his foot last year and was unable to compete ... so this was his first crack at provincials. Finishing fifth was pretty significant for him.”
SHSAA Provincial Cross Country Championships
19. Emily Deobald, Peacock (13:07)
51. Sky Stinson, Craik (14:27)
75. Awar Odhiang, Cornerstone (15:39)
88. Miriah Petersen, Glentworth (17:03)
90. Stephanie Carnduff, Peacock (17:17)
91. Hailey Lamb, Peacock (17:17)
4. Mekonnen Cridland, Peacock (15:14)
13. Hunter Bosch, Vanier (15:55)
25. Alex Fish, Central (16:45)
37. Kolton Promhouse, Kincaid (17:16)
59. Jesse Delmage, Peacock (18:18)
70. Stephen Holzer, Peacock (18:55)
73. Brayden Johnson, Peacock (19:00)
87. Michael Poirier, Lafleche (20:48)
98. Brendan O’Malley, Peacock (23:43)
2. Libby Epoch, Peacock (16:24)
8. Taylor Kell, Central (17:41)
41. Erin Winterton, Central (19:52)
5. Kalen Roney, Peacock (19:15)
43. Matthew Pippus, Peacock (22:54)
52. Tyler Bell, Vanier (23:21)
57. Kurtis Munro, Peacock (23:56)
65. Michael Lee, Glentworth (25:55)
12. Beth Koshinsky, Caronport (18:05)
21. Courtney Hunter, Peacock (18:49)
22. Sarah Buck, Caronport (18:50)
33. Emelie Peters, Caronport (19:28)
41. Allyson Fitzgerald, Vanier (19:57)
44. Keanna Myers, Peacock (20:08)
82. Brittany Johnson, Peacock (23:39)
87. Kyanna Park, Peacock (25:11)
6. Daniel Ferguson, Peacock (22:58)
7. Graeme Fish, Peacock (23:01)
10. Nathanael Avery, Central (23:19)
55. Nolan Thoroughgood, Peacock (26:47)
62. Ryder Epoch, Peacock (27:10)
88. SameerAfzal, Central (33:34)