Joe Fast is starting to develop a very good habit. The grade 10 student at Ridgemont High School was victorious Saturday in the junior boy’s race at the OFSAA Cross Country Championships.
It was the third successive gold at a provincial high school championship for the 15 year old after claiming midget boys cross country and 1500m gold as a grade 9 student.
Fast was able to complete the 5km course in a time of 18 minutes 22.9 seconds, more than 12 seconds ahead of second place finisher Matthew Lampard. Fast’s club teammates Adam Sanger (8th) and Zachary Meredith (14th) were also able to crack the top 15.
Also notable performances came from the duo of Katie Newlove (St. Peter’s) and Skye Pellerin (St. Francis Xavier) who finished 5th and 6th respectively. Newlove finished the 5km course in a time of 21 minutes 38.1 seconds, less than five seconds off the podium. Pellerin was a mere 1.4 seconds behind Newlove.
Next up on the cross country schedule for club athletes will be the Canadian Championships at the historic Fort Henry in Kingston on November 25.