Aces runner wins third straight gold medal
Airdrie runner Scott Chalupiak is quickly becoming an unstoppable force in the Saucony Run Alberta Cross Country Series for the Airdrie Aces Athletic club.
Chalupiak, 14, earned his third straight gold medal on Oct. 5 in Leduc, as he completed the midget men’s four-kilometre race in a time of 13:57.97.
“He has been doing very well this year,” Aces Head Coach Jan Lips said. “Scott has always been a very good runner and he has been running strong at the meets.”
Chalupiak’s first-place showing matches his previous performances in the Saucony Run Alberta Cross Country Series so far this year, as he finished at the top of the podium at a meet in Red Deer on Sept. 14 and in Calgary on Sept. 17.
“A lot of what we have been working on with Scott has been with the basics,” Lips said.
“It’s still very early in the season so there’s nothing special that we have been working on.”
“We have just been focusing on his general endurance and on his speed, but the main issue is getting in shape for the longer runs right now,” he added.
Joining Chalupiak as a medallist in Leduc was 16-year-old Corwyn Shomachuk, who picked up the bronze medal in the youth men’s four-km race with a time of 15:18.68.
“Corwyn’s more of a 400-metre runner in the indoor track and field season, so he actually used the cross country events to get in shape more than anything,” Lips said.
“To run these type of races are much longer for him, and while he doesn’t have the overall speed of someone like Scott, he has been doing very well.”
The Aces will now have a bit of a gap until its next Saucony Run Alberta Cross Country Series event, which will take place in Edmonton on Oct. 26.
Since the Aces will have nearly a month off until they are back in action, Coach Lips will continue with the status quo when the team meets up for its practice sessions.
“We are just going to keep doing what we have been doing,” Lips said. “We will have one hard practice a week that simulates a cross country meet and then we will just use the other practices in the week to build up our skills before that meet.”