Here is Heather’s interview after winning the Junior Women’s Cross Country Nationals in Vancouver…
VANCOUVER – Six national champions were crowned today at the 2013 Canadian Cross Country Championships at Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver, B.C. Lucas Bruchet of Surrey, B.C., Natasha Wodak of Port Moody, B.C., Justyn Knight of Vaughn, Ont., Heather Petrick of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., James Finlayson of Victoria, B.C., and Maria Zambrano of Calgary, Alta., were all crowned 2013 Champions.
In the junior women’s 5-kilometre race Heather Petrick won gold in 17:47.63. “I was able to get an early lead and it is awesome to get revenge after falling last year”, explains Heather. “I am really happy with my training”. Defending Champion Jillian Forsey of Kippens, NFLD., was second in 18:02.45. “It was a great race and I was happy to be racing with a strong field”, said Jillian. Third place went to Kitchener, Ont.’s Jaimie Phelan in 18:13.13.
Lucas Bruchet took the senior men’s Canadian title in the 10-kilometre race in a time of 31:38.39. Chris Winter of Vancouver, B.C won silver in 31:47.91 and Aaron Hendrikx of Parkhill, Ont., won bronze in 31:50.97.
Natasha Wodak won the senior women’s national title in the 7-kilometre race in 24:30.80. Vancouver, B.C.’s Rachel Cliff was right behind her for silver in 24:34.00. Cliff, “It was a great race. Both Natasha and I wanted to go first-second”. Also on the podium was Calgary, Alta.’s Jessica O’Connell in 24:48.07 for the bronze.
Justyn Knight won the men’s Canadian Junior title finishing first in the 8-kilometre race in 25:43.30. Knight on his race; “I hate losing and I really felt strong running with Ben (Flanagan) and Mike (Tate).” Ben Flanagan of Kitchener, Ont., clocked 25:47.12 for the silver, “It was a great way to end the season”. Bronze was won by Mike Tate of Heatherton, N.S., in 25:53.89.
We are speechless, in awe, WOW!
The ladies’ team was 7th overall, just a fabulous achievement all round.
Congratulations to Sharon and all the coaches. Your dedication continues to give our athletes opportunities they only dreamed about!
OTTAWA – The 2013 Canadian Cross Country Championships, which serves as the selection trial for the 2014 NACAC Cross Country Championships, take place Saturday November 30 at Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver, BC. Canadian titles are up for grabs in the junior, senior and masters categories. (More…)
Niagara Olympic Club is proud to announce it will be hosting the Athletics Ontario Cross Country Championships for 2014.
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Good results for our NOC Athletes!
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Extracted from the excellent coverage by Bernie Puchalski in The St. Catharines Standard:
KORSMIT BACK ON TRACK
Laura Korsmit knew something was wrong during spring’s high school track and field season.
“I ran very slow at track,” the Grade 12 student at Holy Cross said.
She discovered she was battling the same iron deficiency issues she had in Grade 9, and was able to resolve the problem.
“I’ve been really building, and I have been having a good season so far,” said the 17-year-old, who won the Zone 4 senior girls individual cross-country title Wednesday at Burgoyne Woods.
The multiple Zone 4 champion, who has made it to OFSAA on three previous occasions, ran a comfortable race Wednesday.
“It felt good,” she said. “I was running in a big pack with all my friends and it was nice to get out and run with them again. It has been a while.”
It was a relaxing run, with so many runners moving on to SOSSA next week.
“There’s not a lot of pressure, so it is mostly going out at my own pace.”
Niagara Olympic Club coach Sharon Stewart was expecting Korsmit to do well.
“Laura is really strong right now. She has had really great preparation for cross-country and she’s running with more confidence,” Stewart said.
Korsmit has been getting pushed in practice by Ridgeway-Crystal Beach’s Kristen Kuhn, who has joined the NOC.
“It is really nice to have someone my age to train with,” Korsmit said.
This is her final year of high school running and she is open to both American and Canadian scholarship offers.
“I want to go into accounting and I don’t know if I can do that in the States,” she said. “And I like a lot of the schools here, too.”
McMaster and Queen’s are on her radar, although Brock isn’t.
“I don’t know if I want to be that close to home,” she said with a laugh.
Before she thinks of university, there’s a high school season to complete.
“I don’t think there is any pressure, because I don’t think it will affect what will happen in my future,” she said. “I can make it happen without it, but I really want to do well this year.”
She has no specific goal for OFSAA.
“I want to run a really good time and push myself,” she said.