Cross-country team prepares for provincial championships

Serena Anagbe / Photo Editor
Third-year criminology student Hay Dewar.

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford varsity cross-country team prepared hard for their provincial championships race, which took place on Oct. 28 at Conestoga College in Kitchener.  

The Golden Hawks represented the school strong at the provincial championships, with Jackson Rice leading the way for the men’s team, finishing 23rd in his race, and it was Kennedy Finch leading the way for the women’s team, finishing 29th. The team prepared over the past few weeks, as the most important race of the season was coming up and a spot at Nationals was on the line.  

“The team has been putting in some good training over the past two months leading up to championships,” said head coach of the team, Cory Currie. “We will hit some key workouts in the next week to be ready for peak performance.” 

Both the men’s and women’s teams were excited for the biggest race of the season so far and prepared extra hard for the provincial championships. 

Despite only being a team of two runners, the women’s side are strong competitors who had high expectations for the race. 

“My goal for Provincials is to finish the race feeling like I ran my best,” said Finch, a third-year runner and criminology student. “For the upcoming race, I need to try and be less nervous than I was at previous races and to make sure I’m not too tired going into the race.” 

On the men’s side, the team hoped to build on previous race success and keep improving into the provincial championships. 

First-year business technology management student Ethan Firsoff said his goal has been  “beating his last score” and he hoped to continue that in the coming race. 

To help prepare for Provincials, the team was putting in extra work in practices, including “a lot of interval workouts to help prepare for the race,” said Finch. 

The runners also used previous races to help prepare for Provincials, which could end up being the team’s final race of the year. 

“Previous races gave me the opportunity to see what works for me and what might not,” said Firsoff. “Too often I go out at 100 per cent instead of working my way up to that.” 

The Laurier Brantford cross-country team had a strong season so far and they continued that at provincials. 

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