DC runners compete in provincials

It takes commitment, stamina, determination and mental toughness in sport, but even more so in Cross Country running. The 2018 High school season started off with a local meet and finished with the Dawson Creek athletes attending Provincial Championships.  After a successful Zone championships two weeks ago, five athletes from Dawson Creek Secondary and one runner from Ron Pettigrew Christian School finished the season by travelling to Nanaimo to take part in the BC High school Cross Country Running Championships. Beban park provided at great backdrop for the 1043 athletes in the races over the 2 km loop course in the rainy fall weather.  

In the Sr Girls Race Jenna Meszaros was the lone DCSS athlete. In her first year as a Sr. athlete she worked hard all season with the goal of attendance at the BC Championships. “Imagining the finish line as a gigantic gummy bear helped a lot!  The competition was great. I maintained a steady place. This has motivated me to work on my speed work in training and pushing myself to new limits in my final senior year.” Jenna placed 192nd in the large field of runner from around the province. 

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Leading the DCSS Sr boys team was Grade 12 athlete Adam Wangler in his fifth Provincial Championships.  Over the past 5 years Adam has steadily improved.  He lead the DCSS boys team in the Sr Boys race placing 74th. “My pacing was good. I placed well and had a great time. I learned a lot in the past 5 years and hope to continue going on with running.”

Jack Wright also in grade 12, worked hard in the strong Sr. Boys field and and finished 113th over the 6.3km distance.   “At the start there was lots of pushing and shoving and I was boxed in and over the first lap I was able to move up a large number of places. ”I really enjoyed over these past 4 years.”

Grade 9 athlete Landon Mckechnie moved up to the senior distance to help create the DCSS team. “I’m not sure how I feel about how I did. It was a different experience running as a Sr against the grade 11 and 12’s. The other competitors were bigger and more experienced. Next year is my final year as a Jr and I am looking forward to the 4K distance.” Landon placed 166 as a Senior athlete. 

Rounding out the team was rookie runner Dayton Christenson. “Dayton’s determination and work ethic showed at the provincial championships since he took 2 minutes off his Zone time and without him and Landon their would not have been the success as a DCSS team,” says coach Eric Wolf. 

Christenson’s motto “achieve a goal is great but surpassing yourself can be exhilarating” exemplifies the success he has had this season. His fitness level consistently improved. Overall the DCSS Senior Boys team placed 24th among the teams in attendance.  

Grade 11 student Liam Tivadar represented Ron Pettigrew Christian School in the Sr boys race and found the experience hugely rewarding and motivating. “On the back of this year’s shirts, there was a quote that said pain is temporary but pride is forever. I think I lived it this provincials. I cut off two minutes from my 6km time from zones. 35:39 down to 32:57. This was my first time going to the BC championships and I had a blast. Of all the trips, this one might be my favorite.” Liam finished 261st in his first Provincial Championships.

“It has been a successful season and the credit goes to my co-coach, Patrick Howell, the DCSS Athletics Directors Judy Richardson and Judy Eagles, Legacy Car Wash and all the other DCSS staff that have supported the team. One of the main goals this year was to have the athletes learn to run a consistent pace in the races. The times of the provincial race among the Dawson Creek runners showed they learned this lesson well. I will miss the three grade 12 athletes. They all have learned not only many lessons about running but also can take the qualities of resilience, persistence, and commitment to help them in there future endeavors,” says Wolf. “I am looking forward to next year working with some of the new younger grade 7 athletes that I expect to join the team. The quote on this years provincial shirts, ‘Pain is temporary, Pride is forever,’ exemplifies the journey for the Cross Country Athletes this year.”

Submitted by Eric Wolf

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