Lord Selkirk Royals runner Heath Kurys competes in the junior varsity boys 4,000 metre race at the 2017-18 Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association’s Provincial Cross Country Championships at Kilcona Park Oct. 11. (Brook Jones/Selkirk Journal/Postmedia Network
Selkirk’s Heath Kurys crossed the finish line in fourth place out of 169 runners at the 2017-18 Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association’s Provincial Cross Country Championships.
“It was a very good performance and fourth was what I was going for,” Kurys said.
The Grade 10 student completed the 4,000 metre course in a time of 13:34 minutes, which was 27 seconds behind the overall winner - Carson Cortvriendt from Vincent Massey Collegiate.
“It was lots of pressure especially before the race, but after the race I got where I wanted to be and that is all that matters,” Kurys explained.
Also representing the Royals in the junior varsity boys category was Terrence Tonj, who finished 124th.
According to Royals head coach Scott Gurney, Kurys ran a smart race at the championships.
“He gutted it out at the end,” Gurney said.
In the varsity boys category, Selkirk’s William Miller ended his high school cross country season with a strong performance as he finished 30th out of 215 runners.
“I felt that I did much better than I though I would do,” Miller said after the race. “I am just really happy with my results out of 215 people.”
The varsity girls were able to field a team for the Royals at the provincial championships as five runners are need to enter the team category.
Leading the varsity girls for the Royals was Grade 12 student Tonie Sledz, who finished 16th out of 172 runners. Following close behind Sledz were Alexa Scott, 31st), Ashe Gurney (45th), Charlotte Wilmott (67th) and Katherine Jessop (95th)
“They tried to run as a group today and they tried to stay together for as long as they could,” Gurney said. “They left it on the course. Some of the girls didnt’ have the races that they wanted to have, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. None of them had bad races.”