Cross Country Running Team

Strong Finish for 7S Runners

On Wednesday afternoon, the Seven Summits Centre for Learning running team entertained schools from around the West Kootenay region at Blackjack Cross-Country Ski Club, in the last meet of the season. It was a beautiful Rossland fall day, and spirits were high. Students represented schools from New Denver, Trail, Nelson, Slocan, Winlaw, and Rossland, and there were international athletes from Japan, Sweden, and Germany.

School teams start the 4k race in Rossland

School teams start the 4k race in Rossland

With more than 9 cross-country team members, Seven Summits fielded one of the largest cross-country teams, despite being the smallest educational facility. Seven Summits Learners, sporting their brand new cross-country singlets, put their home advantage to good use with a strong showing in all age groups.

Seven Summits Centre for Learning boys, sporting the new official 7s Singlets

Seven Summits Centre for Learning boys, sporting the new official 7s Singlets

Junior 7S female, Jasmine Drolet capped a brilliant year, finishing first in her category, and ahead of the senior females again. Senior female Sage Robine finished close behind, placing first in the senior girls’ category, with Michaela Mclean holding off international Red Mountain Nordic Academy ski racer Chiaki Yamamoto by a few seconds to take 3rd position. Yasmin Evans showed a lot of promise, finishing just a few minutes behind the seniors in the junior girls’ category.

Jasmine Drolet crossing the line

Jasmine Drolet finished first in the Juniors, and ahead of the Seniors

Sage Robine crossing the line

Sage Robine came from behind to win the senior female race

Sam Finke put in a stellar effort, finishing 7th in an extremely competitive junior male field. International Red Mountain Alpine Ski Academy racers, Clemens Unterguggenburger from Munich, Germany and Hugo Dalmalm from Stockholm, Sweden continued their fierce rivalry in the senior boys’ category, Dalmalm holding on to claim 7th spot by just .2 of a second. Let’s hope their battling produces results in the upcoming ski season.

Sam Finke - Seven Summits Centre for Learning

Sam Finke – Digging deep in the final lap of the boys’ junior race

Dalmalm and Unterguggenburger

We do everything a little bit different in Europe…

Congratulations to all athletes on a great season, and many thanks to the Blackjack Cross Country Ski Club for hosting the event. Thank you also to Dave Wood, Ann Quarterman, Michelle Fairbanks, Gericks Sport in Trail, and all the parents who have given their time to make possible another successful year of cross-country running.

Full race results can be found on

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