Aalanna Ramona Rusnak will be graduating from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School next summer as a cross-country champion.
Rusnak completed the 3-km BHNCDSB Haldimand Norfolk cross-country course in Simcoe on Oct. 23rd first overall in the senior girls division with a time of 13:01, a full 46 seconds ahead of runner-up Halayna Montrichard of Notre Dame.
“It was a really muddy trail – with hills and steep trails,” said Rusnak, recalling conditions at the Lynn Trail on the 23rd.
“It rained that morning, too. I almost fell a couple times,” she smiled.
The 13-year-old Grade 8 student, who has dominated in the sport winning five consecutive cross-country first-place medals since Grade 4, took 16 seconds off her best time at the 3-km distance.
“We were 45 in senior girls,” said Rusnak, who was running with two Fatima teammates – Gracie Arthur 15th and Holly Drinkwater 34th, “and we started at the baseball field.”