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Another Peer on the run in cross-country
Reported November 3, 2006 by Peter Ruicci for The Sault Star
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Reg Peer has apparently never heard of sibling rivalry.

In fact, the Sir James Dunn cross-country standout readily admits his younger brother, Tom, is the more talented runner.

Both the 17-year-old Reg, and the 14-year old Tom, will be part of the Sault Ste. Marie contingent at Saturday's Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Cross-Country Championships in Thunder Bay.

This marks the first OFSAA appearance for Tom, a Grade 9 student at SJD and the owner of his city's second-best showing at last week's Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NOSSA) Championships in Sudbury.

The younger Peer placed second in the midget boys 5-kilometre event. Only the Dunn's Carly Wetzl, who won the midget girls 3-km, had a better performance.

"He hasn't really surprised me," said Reg, a Grade 12 student and one of the city's elite runners in both cross-country and track-and-field. "He'll definitely surpass what I've done. He's got more natural talent than I do and it's fun to watch."

Tom won this year's midget city crown by completing the 5-km distance in 18:08. That was roughly seven seconds better than the time Reg posted when he was in Grade 9.

"There's a lot of expectations because I'm Reg's brother," said Tom. "But he tries to help me with inspirational speeches and training plans. I knew there'd be strong competition locally with Sean Plumley of White Pines and I was expecting strong competition at NOSSA."

When it comes to the provincial level, Tom's goal for Saturday is to finish in the top 20.

"I don't really have to tell him much about OFSAA," said Reg, who wound up fifth at NOSSA after finishing second behind teammate Dom Graf in the city meet. A year ago, Reg captured the city's senior title.

"I know what he's got," Reg said of his brother. "I want to see him do as well as possible."