The Claremont Spartans senior boys cross country team completed a strong season, and return to prominence, finishing second in the team standings at the BC High School Cross Country Championships at Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre on Saturday (Nov. 1).
Only Dover Bay finished ahead of the Spartans, though the latter were without any runners in the top 20.
Hamish Babin led the Spartans at 24th overall, with Roberto Fedrigo, Phil Vellacott, Brennen Smith, Angus Brown, Jordan Hopkins, and Sam Ogden.
Mount Douglas was fifth overall followed by Reynolds (sixth) and Oak Bay (seventh). Reynolds’ Brendan Hoff was the top men’s finisher from Saanich, as the recent winner of the Island XC championship was 13th overall.
Hannah Henry of Mount Douglas was the top Saanich finisher among the senior women, 18th overall. Teammate Cassidy Steen was 13 seconds back at 22nd overall. Mount Doug senior girls finished sixth overall, making the Rams the combined team winners.
Rams football cap regular season
It’s been three straight years as provincial AAA champions and the Mount Douglas Rams continue looking like a favourite after a perfect regular season.
The Rams ended the High School Football Western conference schedule with a 48-0 win over the Handsworth Royals.
Seven different players scored touchdowns for the Rams, comprised of four rushing majors, two touchdown passes strikes and a special teams touchdown.
Gavin Cobb led the Rams with 203 all purpose yards (67 yards rushing, 42 receiving yards and 94 yards of Punt Returns including a 74 yard TD). Cobb also threw two passes for 26 yards.
Running back Seye Farinu continued his excellent play with five rushes for 92 yards and a touchdown, and Pato Vega rumbled over the Royals for 64 yards and a TD. Declann Michielin scored a TD, quarterback Joe Clarke completed seven of 10 passes for two touchdowns and Jon Grohovac was the leading receiver for the Rams with four receptions and one TD.
Michael Olson kicked six of seven conversions.
Playoffs are next for the Rams. After a bye, the Rams will host on Nov. 21 at Westshills Stadium.