The Pen High Lakers cross country team is sending 11 athletes to Aldergrove for the provincial championship.
The Lakers ran for strong finishes during the Okanagan Valley Championship on Oct. 22. Held at Stake Lake Nordic Center an hour north of Merritt, the Lakers received standout performances from Cael Warner, who finished third in the boys division and Luke Grandbois, who finished ninth. The boys team came fourth overall. Bjorn Borren, Josh Holland and Sam Clarke also put in strong performances, said Lakers coach Geoff Waterman.
On the girls side, the Lakers placed second in the team category qualifying for provincials. They were led by Meg Cumming, who placed ninth and Emily Clarke, 14th.
Waterman said Lyndell Campbell, Solana Prudy, Hanna Lalonde, Abigail Bownes and Emily Mackay rounded out a great team performance. Representing the school at provincials on Nov. 2 will be Lalonde, Mia Smythe, Purdy, Clarke, Mackay, Cumming, Campbell, Grandbois, Warner, Holland and Sam Clarke.
“The athletes are very excited about provincials and the team. It’s such a cohesive team and they are all rooting for each other,” said Waterman.