Whitehorse runner helps school at B.C. championships

The Saints came running in on Saturday. Competing for St. George's School Saints, Whitehorse's Kieran Halliday placed 51st out of 265 runners at the B.

The Saints came running in on Saturday.

Competing for St. George’s School Saints, Whitehorse’s Kieran Halliday placed 51st out of 265 runners at the B.C. High School Cross-Country Championships in Prince George on Saturday.

His placement helped lift the Vancouver school’s Saints to fifth out of 29 schools.

“I felt our team did pretty well,” said Halliday. “We were one point behind fourth place, so that was kind of a disappointment.

“Personally I felt I tried as hard as I possibly could. There was a lot of pressure and the race started off quite a bit quicker than I would have preferred it to. That meant, at the end, it was really hard to keep going and I ended with a tad slower time than I would have liked.”

Running in temperatures hovering around freezing, Halliday, 16, competed the 6.3-kilometres race in 25 minutes and three seconds.

The previous weekend Halliday placed fourth in the boys 16-17 event at the B.C. Cross-Country Championships in Abbotsford. Halliday finished the five-kilometre event in 17:19.

Also at the B.C. championships was Whitehorse’s Logan Roots, taking 25th in the men’s 20-and-over event, finishing the 10-kilometre race in 36:05.

For the last two years Roots has placed first for males 19-and-under at the Victoria Marathon in the half-distance event.

Roots, who won the full-distance event in the Yukon River Trail Marathon in August, represented the Yukon in track at the 2009 Canada Summer Games and the 2011 Western Canada Games. He won three gold and a silver in snowshoeing at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games.

Halliday won three gold in snowshoe biathlon at 2012 Arctic Winter Games and three gold in regular snowshoeing at the 2010 Games.

“I’ll probably aim to do a half marathon this summer,” said Halliday. “I think that will be a good goal.”

Halliday has also represented the Yukon in tennis at the 2009 Canada Summer Games and the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. He was a finalist in the open men’s division at the 2011 Yukon Tennis Championships.

“I practice with a team weekly and it’s going pretty well,” said Halliday.

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com