HRH cross coun­try take on provin­cials

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Holy Redeemer’s Ath­let­ics Pro­gram has widely been re­garded as one of the most com­pet­i­tive and en­gag­ing pro­grams in the prov­ince. With sev­eral cham­pi­onship sports within the pro­gram such as bas­ket­ball and vol­ley­ball, one can now add cross coun­try run­ning to the list.

On Satur­day Oc­to­ber 17, five high school stu­dents trav­elled to Grande Prairie to com­pete in the Pro­vin­cial Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship.

“Our stu­dents ran very well,” says Head Coach Julie Pullaw. “The for­mat pits all size schools against one an­other. So that means our school, which is a 2A school, must com­pete against the large 4A schools.” This did not stop the com­peti­tors from run­ning ex­cel­lent races.

To qual­ify for provin­cials, each ath­lete needed to have a high place­ment in the 2A Zone Cham­pi­onships at Wil­more Park in Ed­son on Oc­to­ber 7. HRH co-hosted the event that saw 300 run­ners from 22 schools com­pete. In the end HRH saw grade 10 stu­dent Josie Sorensen, grade 11 stu­dent Zane Hart­man, and grade 12 stu­dents Brandy Stew­art, Shawn DeLeeuw and To­mas Mark all rep­re­sent HRH at provin­cials.

In the Ju­nior Girls cat­e­gory, Sorensen placed 65th with a time of 15:13, while Stew­art placed 87th in the Se­nior Girls cat­e­gory (4 km) with a time of 20:44.

Within the In­ter­me­di­ate Boys (5 km) cat­e­gory, Hart­man ran 5 km in 20:54, while Se­nior Boys Mark and DeLeeuw placed 24th (23:37) and 51st (25:18) re­spec­tively.

With this ded­i­cated group of run­ners, HRH man­aged to place 5th out of all 44 2A schools across Al­berta. “It was a very chal­leng­ing course at Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails,” says Pullaw. “But this didn’t stop our ath­letes from achiev­ing their per­sonal bests. There were over 100 run­ners in each race, which shows how well our stu­dents per­formed.”

And with that, our com­mu­nity can be very proud of th­ese fine young ath­letes.

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