Cross Country Running - September Update
The LTCHS Cross-Country Running team has been very active in the first month of school. The group, which includes over 80 students who have taken part in both training and racing events, has been working hard as they build to the challenge of the ASAA and CWAJHAA Zone Championships which occur in early October.
We started the year with our very own, Red Shoe Invitational, where more than 150 students from LTCHS, HHHS, ND, St. Joseph’s and Lacombe Composite H.S. came to our school to run in a friendly 4km fun-run. Red Shoes were given to the top male and top female runners. Josh Campbell, and Emma Holmes were Red Shoe winners from Thurber.
(Above: Jordan, Emma and Journey at the Red Shoe Invitational)
Next, our team went to Wetaskiwin for the Peace Hills Invitational. Our team was small in number, but all the athletes finished in the top 15 in their races. Hannah Wirtanen, Edyn Aasman, Tyler Herzberg, Owen Pimm, Wyatt Grainger, Jamie Lalor, Hannah Jackson, Dawsin McDonald, Avery Grainger, Lia Sayers, Josh Campbell and Jade Weber are to be congratulated for their efforts in Wetaskiwin. They were all outstanding.
(Above: Dawsin on a hill climb at the Peace Hills Invitational)
The Annual Dawe Run was completed by a number of very fast runners from Thurber. Josh Campbell won gold in the HS Boys division, and on the girls side, it was a clean-sweep of the medals, with Journey Flewell (gold), Hannah Wirtanen (silver) and Edyn Aasman (bronze).
(Dawe Run participants: Vitor, Hannah, Journey, Josh, Blake, Kirsten, Melanie, Brooklyn, Wyatt, Rebecca, Jordan, Edyn, and Kalee)
On September 30th, our team took on the tough course at the Red Deer College Grand Prix. Twenty one runners took to the course and faired extremely well. The Raiders Runners used the race to test their current fitness, while gaining an appreciation for the level of competition they might expect to face at the upcoming Zone Championships. Here are a few of our team’s top finishers: Blake Kenworthy - silver - grade 9 boys; Hannah Wirtanen - bronze - grade 10 girls; Emma Holmes - gold - grade 11/12 girls; Jamie Lalor - silver - grade 11/12 girls; Edyn Aasman - bronze - grade 11/12 girls; Josh Campbell - gold - grade 11/12 boys. Many other athletes ran personal bests and placed well in their fields. Congrats to all the runners!
(Above: Our grade 11 and 12 Raiders, just prior to their race at RDC: Edyn, Emma, Hannah, Hayley, Lauren, Jamie, Jade, and Kalee.)
Two other features of the RDC Grand Prix included cheering on some Thurber alumni who now run for the Red Deer College Queens and Kings XC Teams. As well, our high school athletes got a chance to meet with the head coach of the RDC XC team, Kerri Elliot. Kerri was promoting her running program at RDC, specifically, and the idea of running at the collegiate level, in general. Graduate LTCHS XC runners have done really well, recently, to secure spots with post-secondary programs and have been able to receive some excellent benefits, including scholarship opportunities that help to pay for college and university tuition.
The next two races are very important races for the team. Wetaskiwin will host the High School Zone Championships on October 11th and the Grade nines will have their Grade 9 Zone Championship race on October 19th. The Raiders will be defending their hold on both of these titles from last season. The ASAA Provincial Championships are being held in Edmonton on October 21st. At the provincial level, the Raiders have been bronze medalists over the past two seasons and hope to perform well, again, in Edmonton. We wish the LTCHS Raiders XC Team well in the next few weeks of training and racing!