SUDBURY – It was a typical Northern Ontario November day when the top junior boys’ cross-country runners in the province took to the course at Sudbury’s Kivi Park.
The Sat., Nov. 2 OFSAA race featured the first snow of the season in the Nickel City, making the race path all the more difficult to manoeuvre.
North Dundas District High School’s Jack Link was the lone Dundas County registrant, having capped an impressive regional season by punching his ticket to the big stage following a successful EOSSA showing.
In the five-kilometre field in Sudbury, Link was among 270 taking part.
The race had a wide start-line that narrowed mightily at the 200-metre mark and continued that way through a trail network, leaving room for just three runners across.
Link wasn’t able to get ahead of the pack, though he did work his way from about 100th place to finish 71st in a time of 20:32.
Among the Eastern Ontario contingent, one of the deepest fields in the province, taking part, Link was back of only Shan Dhanoa and Nathan Plant, both from Brockville’s Thousand Islands Secondary School, who finished 34th and 37th, respectively.