Red flash at the front as Lions monopolize U20 men’s leaderboard

Seb Cino. Photo: Dan Plouffe

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By Elio Elia

Sebastian Cino, Jackson Roy, Cameron Porter and Cameron Bruce recorded a perfect team score for Lions Red as they swept all four of the first positions in the under-20 men’s event at the Oct. 3 Capital XC Challenge.

“I didn’t do anything tactical, I just sort of held my pace throughout the race and tried to keep it same the whole race – seemed to work OK,” smiles Cino, who covered the 6 km course in 17:20. “It felt good (to place 1st).”

Only 13th at the high school cities as a junior boy, Cino has scaled the ranks rapidly in the past two years and now plans to run cross-country at the university level in the future.

Roy, the Heat 2 winner, was also pleased with his performance in the 18-athlete competition.

“Coming 1st is definitely special, I haven’t done that many times,” highlights the future University of Ottawa Gee-Gees runner, noting the opportunity to race was treasured already.

“It felt really cool to be part of something so unique, given the situation,” he adds.

Jackson Roy. Photo: Dan Plouffe

Roy says the cancellation of the high school cross-country season was “extremely frustrating.”

“Especially since your senior year is the one you look forward to the most,” underlines the Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School athlete. “I quickly learned to accept it though, because at the end of the day there’s nothing we can really do about it. So I decided to focus on the things that I could control myself.”

Read more coverage on the 2020 Capital XC Challenge via: https://sportsottawa.com/2020/10/07/2020-capital-xc-challenge-coverage/

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