OFSAA gold for Hunter

Tiverton runner Ontario's fastest

Cheyenne Hunter is the fastest Grade 9 girl in Ontario.

Tiverton's Cheyenne Hunter won a provincial cross-country championship for KDSS on Saturday. The Grade 9 student at KDSS also competes for the Saugeen Track Club. (Josh Howald photo)

Hunter, a 14-year-old Kincardine District Secondary School student, struck provincial gold Saturday in Sarnia.

“We haven’t had an OFSAA cross-country champion (at KDSS) in the past 10 years that I have been here,” said Knights cross-country coach Carrie Houghton. “It is pretty amazing.”

Hunter outraced 235 other midget girls to claim her first OFSAA gold medal.

Hunter moved to the front of the pack, and led for the entire race. The midget girls run a 3,020-metre course.

“It was a good, hard race,” said Hunter Monday morning. “The second place girl finished three seconds behind me, so I was challenged.”

Hunter qualified for the provincials by finishing first at both the Bluewater Athletic Association (BAA) meet and the CWOSSA championships.

While this was her first time at the OFSAA level, she was ready to run.

“I race and train with the Saugeen Track Club as well,” she said.

“I have another race in about two weeks.”

The Saugeen Track Club trains at Saugeen Bluffs a couple of times each week. In addition, she trained three times each week with the Knights cross-country team.

Hunter wanted to thank her coach, Houghton, and her parents for helping her get to this level of competition.

“I thought (KDSS) did a good job on the weekend,” said Hunter. “All the other competitors from Kincardine raced well and supported each other.

Kortney Watson got a great start in the same midget girls race, and ended up in 10th place. Mackenzie Marshall and Hayley Stewart helped pace the Knights to a 10th place overall finish at OFSAA.

Jesse Chen finished 60th in the midget boys race, which had 230 runners.

“It was an excellent season for us,” said Houghton. “One of the best ones I can remember.”