At Mill River Provincial Park
WOODSTOCK – The 2013 P.E.I. School Athletic Association (PEISAA) Source for Sports provincial cross-country championships will be held at the Mill River Provincial Park on Saturday.
© Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer
The bantam girls leave the start line during the recent Zone 1 cross-country championships at Mill River Provincial Park in Woodstock. The same venue will be used for the P.E.I. School Athletic Association provincial cross-county championships on Saturday.
The rain date is Saturday, Oct. 26.
Approximately 62 schools are registered, making it one of the biggest PEISAA provincial championships.
“We estimate that close to 1,000 runners will be registered to run the Mill River course from Grades 4-9, and another 200 to run the (Charlottetown) Rural course from Grades 10-12,” said PEISAA cross-country commissioner Paul Goguen. “It’s going to be another well-attended championship this year.
“It’s always great to see so many students take part in running programs at their schools.”
Senior, juvenile categories
The senior and juvenile categories will run their own provincial championships at Charlottetown Rural High School on Thursday, Oct. 24.
“We have been working hard to better promote and encourage high school athletes to come out and run for their schools,” said meet manager Mike Lloyd. “Numbers have increased these past four years, with many more schools and students participating.”
Rick MacKinnon, school sport director of the PEISAA, said there are over 3,000 students participating in many school programs on P.E.I.
“I attend both championships every year, and I’m just amazed at the overall number of participants that attend the zone and provincial championship,” said MacKinnon. “I hope that we finally get good weather for the Mill River run this year.
“For the past four years we have had to put up with wet conditions during the day.”
“We estimate that close to 1,000 runners will be registered to run the Mill River course from Grades 4-9, and another 200 to run the (Charlottetown) Rural course from Grades 10-12. It’s going to be another well-attended championship this year. It’s always great to see so many students take part in running programs at their schools.” PEISAA cross-country commissioner Paul Goguen
Goguen says that the wide open area at Mill River gives the competitors a very demanding course.
“They better be in shape,” said Goguen. “We have open fields, wooded areas and many hills to overcome.
“We have made many changes to the course, making every race spectator friendly. What a great place to kick off our first week of SAA provincial championships.
“I invite all spectators to come and watch these fine athletes in action.”
Schedules for the PEISAA cross-country championships:
Saturday, Oct. 19
At Mill River Provincial Park:
10:30 a.m. – Midget boys, three kilometres.
10:55 a.m. – Midget girls, three kilometres.
11:20 a.m. – Bantam boys, three kilometres.
11:40 a.m. – Bantam girls, three kilometres.
12:30 p.m. – Novice boys, two kilometres.
12:55 p.m. – Novice girls, two kilometres.
1:20 p.m. – Pre-novice boys, 1.5 kilometres.
1:40 p.m. – Pre-novice girls, 1.5 kilometres.
Thursday, Oct. 24
At Charlottetown Rural High School:
1 p.m. – Juvenile girls, 3.5 kilometres.
1:30 p.m. – Juvenile boys, 3.5 kiilometres.
2 p.m. – Senior girls, four kilometres.
2:30 p.m. – senior boys, four kilometres.