Okanagan Athletics Club member Hannah Bennison ran to gold at junior nationals on Saturday in Kingston

Bennison breezes to national title

Vernon teenager, who trains in Kelowna, wins junior cross country championship by 22 seconds

What a year it’s been for Hannah Bennison.

The 16-year-old runner from Vernon, who trains in Kelowna with the Okanagan Athletics Club, capped off the 2015 season with a convincing victory Saturday at the Canadian Junior Cross Country Championships in Kingston, Ont.

Bennison led from wire to wire, winning in dominant fashion by 22 seconds over Madeleine Ghazarian of Guelph, Ont.

“She powered away early and her flawless running style proved to be too much for anyone to challenge throughout the six km race,” said coach Malindi Elmore.

Bennison finished the cross country season undefeated, also winning B.C. High School Championship and the B.C. Athletics provincial title.

She was equally impressive on the track earlier this season breaking the 30-year-old provincial high school record in the 3000m, eclipsing the mark set by Kelowna native Silverado (Brenda) Shackelton.

Bennison also represented Canada this summer at the World Youth Championships in Cali, Columbia where she finished eighth in the world in the 3000m.

“At 16, Hannah still has three years left as a junior athlete and will hopefully continue to be a dominant force on the national and international stage,” Elmore added.

Bennison is coached by Elmore and Nathan Reiter.


Just Posted

Former Kelowna councillor and radio talk show host Barrie Clark dies

Clark remembered as a fair-minded ‘statesman’ who saw the big picture when it came to Kelowna

Missing Kelowna woman found

Christine Olsen-Meissnitzer has been located

More than $270,000 raised for Kelowna-based hospice

10th Swinging with the Stars fundraiser for the Central Okanagan Hospice Assoc. is a big success

Getting into the swing of spring

Kelowna garden shop is busy now that spring has finally arrived

Axe the tax says Kelowna city council

City says it wants B.C.’s Speculation Tax dumped because it could have a significant impact here

Wilkie returns home with three medals in tow

Paralympic champion returns home with a gold, silver and bronze from the 2018 PyeongChang games

Golden Knights win 4-1, remain undefeated against Canucks

Vegas gets points from 12 players in dominating effort versus Vancouver

Alberta budget plans for Trans Mountain expansion

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says expected revenues will be factored into budget forecasts

Parents respond to suicide alertness workshops

SafeTalk session discusses recognition and intervention awareness

Proposed gun bill attacked by gun owners and shooting victims

The federal government tabled the bill today in order to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms

New anti-radicalization centre in the works for B.C.

Centre aims to help ‘vulnerable individuals on the path to radicalization’ before they turn to crime

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. bravery, public service honoured by Governor General Julie Payette

UVic basketball coach Kathryn Shields inducted into Order of Canada

Most Read