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SDSS runners win BC Cross-Country Pandemic Challenge

Brianna Jassmann and Gemma Dumas win their respective divisions over 5.5 kilometres
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SDSS students Brianna Jassmann (left) and Gemma Dumas won the senior and junior girls divisions respectively in BC School Sports Cross Country Pandemic Challenge. SDSS photo

A pair of South Delta Secondary students certainly made the most of a rare and unique athletic opportunity amid COVID-19 restrictions.

Presented by Subway, the B.C. School Sports Cross Country Pandemic Challenge was designated for multi-sport athletes across BC as the provincial organization pushes for student-athlete engagement during these difficult times.

Schools had about a two week window (Oct. 21 to Nov. 4) for students to run their specified distances and then submit their times.

South Delta’s Brianna Jassmann had the fastest clocking at the senior girls level over 5.5 kilometres, finishing ahead of Burnaby Central’s Kaitlyn. Heslop and Handsworth’s Nicole Erickson.

Meanwhile, Gemma Dumas took Junior Girls honours over the same distance. Handsworth’s Juliet Pulfrey and Sa-Hali’s Danica Renwick rounded out the top three.

The virtual event was the first inter-school competition to take place since the provincial basketball championships back in March. Currently, seasonal sports are allowed training only with students remaining in their designated cohort groups