DUNDAS, ONT. – Having just entered Grade 9, Winchester’s Jack Link has much to be proud of at the completion of the high school cross-country season.

Link was North Dundas District High School’s lone competitor at the OFSAA Championships, hosted at the Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas, Ont. Sat., Nov. 3.

In a field of 268 midget boys runners, Link worked his way to a 34th place finish, and is quietly carving out his own place in the sport, the same way his father, Murray, starred for the Maple Ridge school so many years ago.

North Dundas District High School’s midget boys cross-country runner Jack Link finished 34th at the OFSAA Championships in Dundas, Ont. Sat., Nov. 3. Courtesy Photo

“He kept a consistent pace throughout the race, and ended with a strong finishing kick, passing several runners in the final 100 meters,” team coach Joe Groeneveld said.

The coach didn’t stop short with the praise.

“It has been a very good fall cross-country season for him, and as a coach, I’m very proud of not just his success, but also his commitment and positive attitude in what is a tough sport,” Groeneveld added.

For Link’s parents, Murray and Lori, each returned the praise on the coach.

“Joe really worked hard getting Jack ready. We really appreciated all the time and knowledge he has passed on to Jack,” they said. “Jack is really fortunate to have such a great coach.”

For the young runner, while the finish was an accomplishment, he couldn’t help but look back, wishing he’d gotten out in front of the pack sooner than he did.

It’s on to next year now, and Link is already preparing.