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Brett King is now three-for-three at NSSAF provincial cross-country meets.
The Horton High School runner from Hantsport won the intermediate boys' race at Halifax's Point Pleasant Park by a comfortable margin on Monday, giving him his third straight provincial gold medal.
"It feels great," King said. "All the hard work since March, because we didn't have a track season, paid off. I finally got to show my fitness here today.
"I always like to go out hard and get a bit of a lead. That was my game plan today and I executed it."
Siona Chisholm of Dr. J.H. Gillis also repeated as senior girls' champion and Francois Richard of King's-Edgehill won the senior boys' race after finishing sixth last year.
"It feels really good to finish like this, especially with the summer of not knowing where my training would go," Chisholm said of her final high school cross-country race. "Getting to actually race and seeing that my training paid off was really nice."
Richard set an aggressive pace in the front-runner's position and never let up in a convincing win.
"That was not the plan I had going into it," said the Grade 12 student. "I switched it up halfway so it still went well.
"My plan was to stay with Luke (MacDonald) and Ben (Good) for at least half the race and see how they were feeling. But I saw an opportunity to surge down a hill at the start and I took it and made a gap, then I just ran with it."
Abby Lewis of Sackville High won her third provincial title in a row. She had some trouble physically in the final stretch of the intermediate girls' race and toppled over as she approached the finish line to edge Anna Robinson of Dr. J.H. Gillis. Lewis needed medical attention following the race.
Zach Rogers of Riverside Education Centre was the junior boys' winner and Zoe Mosher of Bridgewater Junior High School won the junior girls' event. Mosher also had the fastest junior time overall.
Since the number of competitors was limited this year because of COVID-19, race organizers opted to run all genders together within their age divisions.
"I haven't raced against boys like that so it was really nice to win," said the 13-year-old Grade 8 student, who led wire to wire. "I wanted to get a good start so I wasn't boxed in, then try to keep a good pace the whole way.
"It feels great. I've been training really hard."
Chisholm also embraced the wrinkle of getting to race shoulder to shoulder with the boys.
"Definitely," said the Antigonish native. "I was able to gauge my speed with people in front of me and tuck in behind, where I don't usually get to do that in races. I liked that a lot."