Former SDSS standout wins BC cross-country title

Madelyn Bonikowsky finishes 22 seconds ahead of nearest rival in race that featured 221 runners

It’s been an outstanding fall season for South Delta Secondary School athletics and there could have been even more success.

Former SDSS standout Madelyn Bonikowsky captured the senior girls race at the B.C. High School Cross-Country Championships earlier this month in Abbotsford. The Grade 11 student cruised to a convincing 22 second victory — completing the 5km course in 17:39. The race featured 221 entries.

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Bonikowsky is now representing LV Rogers after her family moved this summer from Tsawwassen to the Nelson area. Her twin brother Jacob finished 12th in the senior boys race.

Madelyn’s performance came after winning the B.C. Athletics’ provincial championship a week earlier in Victoria. This coming weekend she is competing at the Canadian Championships that also will be taking place in Abbotsford.

Her decorated career as a Sun Devil included winning the junior provincial high school cross-country title a year ago. She also dominated on the track with victories in the 800 and 1,500 metre events at the 2019 BC High School Track and Field Championships back in June.

The twins’ family has deep South Delta roots with mom Jodi being an SDSS graduate and their grandfather is Delta Sports Hall of Fame member Neil Murray — a longtime high school basketball coach.

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