Knight kicks it to achieve goal
Cross-country: Strathcona-Tweedsmuir wins fourth title
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 06:00 am
It was an uphill climb for a Holy Trinity Academy Knight to accomplish one of her high school goals.
Claire Thorimbert’s goal was to finish in the top 10 in her final Alberta high school cross-country championship Saturday in Drayton Valley.
She got some help from a total stranger watching the Senior girls 4,000m race.
“With about 500m to go somebody told me I was in 10th place,” said the Grade 12 Thorimbert.
“It was kind of the same situation last year, and I got passed in the end and I got 11th. I remembered how crappy that felt, so I just kicked into gear and passed a bunch of people.”
The final 500m was mostly uphill, but Thorimbert pushed on and finished in seventh-place with a time of 16:01, a personal best.
“I am really pleased with how I did,” she said.
“At the start of the race, I felt really tired after the warm-up. I woke up kind of feeling sick. So I didn’t know how well the race was going to do.”
There might have been some sort of flu going around.
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) Spartan Gillian Ceyhan, who won the Intermediate girls title last year, battled through the 4,000m race and finished just behind Thorimbert in a time of 16:02.
“Gillian is and was sick, but she still came in eighth,” said STS coach Rob Lederer.
Although Thorimbert passed her STS rival near the end of the race, she felt for her opponent of the last three years.
“I passed her in the last minute, but she was in some pain at the finish,” Thorimbert said. “It’s too bad.”
Ceyhan’s gutsy performance helped STS receive some much needed points as the Spartans won their fourth consecutive 2A cross-country championship;
Their top runner was Angus Rawling, who was fourth in the Intermediate boys 5,000m in a time of 17:19.
“My strategy was to just to hang on to the guy in first place as long as possible and then see what happens,” Rawling said. “I was able to keep up for the first two kilometres then he dropped me.”
Rawling was suddenly all alone.
“It was a lonely race,” he said with a laugh. “It can be tough mentally running by yourself, but you know that someone could be gaining on you.”
The Spartans won the championship with quality and quantity as they had 23 runners at provincials.
Rawling said the love of running is developed at STS right from middle school, with plenty of interschool runs and activities.
The running fun continues in Lotus Land.
The school is sending students to the Seawall Run in Vancouver this weekend.
Holy Trinity Academy’s Simon Leslie was 12th in the Intermediate boys in a time of 18:02.
Foothills Composite sent a pair of runners to provincials. Graham Strang was 25th in the Junior boys 4,000m and Tiana Ewing was 30th in the Intermediate girls.
For full results go to www.asaa.ca and click on championship web sites.