KEMPTVILLE – It seems there is another Link dynasty in the making. Jack Link and his younger brother Mason represented the North Dundas Intermediate/High School Devils in the 10th annual running of the Turkey Trot at St. Michael Catholic High School.
The Link boys are the sons of Murray Link who set records and won SD&G, EOSSAA and OFSAA events running long distance and cross country for the Devils during his high school career. Link then went on to fashion a distinguished NCAA career as a member of the Arkansas University Razorbacks before coming home to operate his family’s farm at Cass Bridge.
Jack Link, a Grade 8 student at North Dundas Intermediate School, registered the school’s only win at last week’s (Wed., Oct. 11) Turkey Trot finishing the Gr. 8 boys 3k dash (96 runners) in a time of 10:44.24, three plus seconds faster than a runner from Notre Dame.
Devils associate coach Joe Groeneveld said Link ran a very smart race and left it all on the course.
“Our whole team is really proud of him,” he said. “After finishing second in his last two meets [Russell and Winchester] he’s worked hard in practice to finally now get to the top of the podium.”
Groeneveld inquired on how the race winner felt after crossing the finish line and received a short reply, “Exhausted,” from the soft-spoken athlete.
Mason Link ran the Gr. 7 boys’ 3k and placed 56th (60 runners) in a time of 13.39.06.
The North Dundas Intermediate Devils will run in the Upper Canada Cup tomorrow (Thurs., Oct. 19). The High school squad is competing in the SD&G championship meet today (Wed., Oct. 18).
Gr. 7 girls 3k (84 runners): Madi Giles – 25th (14:20.55).
Gr. 7 boys 3K (60 runners): Mason Link – 56th (13:39.06).
Gr. 8 girls 3k (74 runners): Rachel Puenter – 28th (14:13.08); Kendra Baron – 40th (14:4180); Brooklin Begg – 50th (15:4025).
Gr. 8 boys 3K (96 runners): Jack Link – 1st (10:44.24).
Midget boys 4 k (93 runners): Adam Barkley – 23rd (15:49.25); Tyler Snelson – 73rd (18:23.87).
Midget girls 4k (47 runners): Fabienne Peunter – 35th (28:00.72); Kendra Beuley – 45th (33: 35.99).
Senior girls 6k (105 runners): Ashley Wheeler – 75th (33:03.07); Mackenzie Hibbett – 81st (33:52, 90.81).
Senior boys 6k (134 runners): Ben Nevis – 70th (25:50.92); Brais Canitrot Lamas 122nd (30:11.45).