Laura Korsmit

NOC competed as a cohesive team in the Nationals


Excellent comments from Coach Bill MacDonald:

As you can see by the posts, NOC had a phenomenal weekend in Vancouver, especially Heather, but what can’t be overlooked is the phenomenal performance by the NOC TEAM. Six athletes went to Vancouver, six athletes showed up on the line ready to race and six athletes made NOC proud. For Kristen, Avery, Kayla and Cailen it was their first experience at Nationals.

Some may say it’s just another race, but it’s not. The best athletes from across the country are competing. This is the pinnacle of the season. For our Grade 9 athletes, Avery, Kayla and Cailin this meant going from racing 3K at OFSAA to racing 5K at Nationals, which is a big jump. They made us proud they way they raced with guts and determination.

Laura, Kristen and Heather were team leaders, truly mentors for the younger athletes. Laura and Kristen had fantastic races, which is very difficult in such a long season, a testament to their hard work and dedication.

Overall, Team NOC placed 7th!

Well done TEAM NOC, you made us all proud.

Heather Petrick wins the XC Nationals


2013VancouverXCChampsLogoCongratulations to Heather Petrick on winning the XC Nationals in Vancouver today by a serious margin!

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We are speechless, in awe, WOW!

The ladies’ team was 7th overall, just a fabulous achievement all round.

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Congratulations to Sharon and all the coaches. Your dedication continues to give our athletes opportunities they only dreamed about!

Let’s Cut To The Chase (almost literally). AO XC Champs on Sunday.


2013_AO_XC_Banner-web-600Good results for our NOC Athletes!

Open the pdf in your browser, then find NOC results by hitting Ctrl F keys (simultaneously). Then enter “Niagara Olympic” (without the quotes) into the search box, and you can scroll from one result to the next.

More Great Results for NOC Athletes


2013Zone3-4XCBurgoyneWoodsExtracted 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.