Running through trees and wet terrain in all types of weather pretty much sums up the definition of cross-country running. This season was conducted by coaches, Mr. White and Ms. Anderson, who lead the team to victory with medals, ribbons and great all-around participation. This year at the city championships, our team represented the school by enduring the rain and wind like professionals. As a result; our midget boys team, (placing 2nd) Olivia Gaudet and Paige Roszak (3rd & 6th) from our junior girls team, all qualified to the OFSAA championships which were held in Sudbury on November 2nd. Thousands of high school students from all over the province competed in various distances starting at 3km and going as far as 7km. From their slippery hills to mucky trails, the competitors knew that it was going to be a technically difficult race.
Being a three-time OFSAA qualifier, twice for cross-country, Olivia Gaudet was able to have a quick chat about her experience that weekend. She explained that this year has brought a whole new level of "coolness" starting off with that fact that she and her teammates ran at one of the biggest races in North America. The main sponsor for the event, Nike, gave the area a great vibe by having a tent set up with fun activities and pump-up music; for that overall buzz. Her highlights of the trip included; running against some of the top runners her age, bonding with her fellow knights and making new friends. Seeing as how Sudbury holds one of the most challenging courses OFSAA has ever had, it definitely held on to its reputation. Hills were given names that respectively fit their meanings and most of the courses was very muddy.
"The Beast, the Wall and the Devil's Elbow were definitely some hills I did not want to climb! It was also very cold out, but lot's of fun," Olivia said while reminiscing the good times.
From motivational speakers, to wearing an OFSAA sweater with pride, you could probably say that our competitors had a great time. Plus, if you want to achieve the goal of qualifying to OFSAA like Olivia did, she says her best piece of advice would be;
"Cross-country may seem like physical fitness is most required, but it also involves a great part of mental strength as well. If you're not in the right mindset, it's hard to 'break barriers.' Though putting those thoughts aside, this is an extraordinary individual sport that takes a great deal of teamwork as well."
Once again, congrats those who qualified and to everyone that participated whether it was during mornings, lunch or after school. Go Knights!