NACI’s cross-country teams are winding down their seasons. The junior high team held its annual meet last Thursday afternoon at Langford Trails with 16 racers from NACI and Carberry taking part. The girls race went first with participants running a 3.4 km course. Out of 12 racers, the five Tigers runners took the top four spots with Naomi Plett and Holly Boersma finishing in 14 minutes, one second to tie for first place. Kylie Birch placed third with a time of 14 minutes, 10 seconds while Kamryn Hayhurst came in fourth and Soomin Han was close behind. On the boys side, Carberry and NACI each had two runners racing a 4 km distance. NACI’s Landon Young finished first with a time of 17 minutes, 15 seconds while Daly Chartrand’s time of 19 minutes, six seconds placed him second. Carberry’s Noah Duguay and Gareth Nikolaisen placed third and fourth respectively. “The junior high team is a way to promote the sport and raise interest,” teacher-coach Michelle Young explained. “We’re trying to grow the numbers at the school, and for lots of the students it’s also a good conditioning for other sports.” At the varsity level, NACI’s 11 participants competed in the Zone 7 Cross Country meet at Spruce Woods with four athletes placing in the top five. Female competitors ran a 3 km course while males ran 5 km. Danielle Hanke was the top runner from NACI at the junior varsity level as she placed third with a time of 14 minutes, 52 seconds. Courtney Gilmore was close behind running in 15 minutes flat for fifth place. In the boys category, Logan Young placed first in the junior varsity group with a time of 18 minutes, 46 seconds and senior varsity racer Daniel Heschuk claimed first with a time of 18 minutes, 24 seconds. NACI had great runs from Halle Hayhurst, Taylor Dagg, Erin Malfait, Rachel McClay, Annebelle McCarthy, Nathan Enns and Nicholas Vallieres as well. The team has been training since zones and runners are scheduled to compete at the provincial meet today (Wednesday) at Spruce Woods.