The Abbotsford Christian Secondary junior girls cross country team earned a Fraser Valley title and finished second in the province for 2018.

Abby Christian junior girls earn provincial silver

Knights cap off strong year with second place showing in Nanaimo

The Abbotsford Christian Secondary Knights junior girls cross country team earned a provincial silver medal on Saturday.

Competing in Nanaimo, the girls finished second out of 27 teams at the event.

“This is the highest placing the Knights have achieved at the cross country provincials in the lone sport that does not have tiering – all schools compete against each other regardless of size,” stated ACS athletic director Vince Van Dyk.

The top individual performers at the event for the Knights in a field of 239 runners was Juane Klaus (fourth) and Emily De Jager (13th).

It caps off a strong year for the junior girls, as they also captured the Fraser Valley banner in October in a race at the Aldergrove Bowl. It was the second year in a row that the junior girls team won the title.

The junior girls team also consisted of Makenna Hall, Kevina Takenaka, Jacinda Fleming and Diedre Salmon.

The Knights also had solid performances in the senior girls (10th), junior boys (11th) and senior boys (18th).

Top local finishers in each division included: James De Jager (ninth, junior boys), Jessica Kampman (11th, senior girls) and Riley Hall (35th, senior boys).

The Yale Lions senior boys team also competed in Nanaimo, finishing 22nd overall as a team. Lions athlete Amardeep Mann was the top Yale student, finishing 41st overall.

Other individual athletes at the event included: MEI’s Josh Carsience (39th, junior boys), St. John Brebeuf’s Lucas Smith (46th, senior boys), Abbotsford Senior’s Reid Johnston (90th, senior boys) and MEI’s Allyssa Hutchison (94th, junior girls).

For complete results from the event, visit

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