Mustangs runners enjoy provincial experience in chamapionships
For three members of the George McDougall Mustangs cross country running team, their experiences at the provincial championships in Drayton Valley on Oct. 19 were ones they will remember for some time.
The most seasoned veteran of the Mustangs trio, Grade 12 student Rebecca Shuttleworth, came away with a 50th place finish out of 128 competitors in the 4,000-metre senior girls race, where she ran a personal best time of 18:42.
“This was the third time that I had gone to the provincials, and I think that this was the easiest one for me,” Shuttleworth said. “I knew what to expect going in, I trained really hard for this race, and the course was an easy one.”
“The day went very well, and to finish off my cross-country running at George McDougall with a personal best time at provincials was really nice,” she added.
Fellow Grade 12 student Jolene Rudiselo also ran in the senior girls’ race, where she finished in 121st place out of 128 competitors with a time of 23:28 in her first trip to the provincials.
“I didn’t finish as well as I would have liked, but I improved on my previous personal best time by four minutes, so I was really happy about that,” Rudiselo said. “One of the things that I noticed was how much faster everyone is at the provincials compared to a regular meet, but I just stuck with the same thing that I have been doing for the last little while and it worked out for me.”
The third member of the Mustangs to compete in Drayton Valley was Grade 11 student Nicole Cebak, who finished in 66th place in the 4,000-metre girls’ intermediate race with a time of 19:17.
“It was a lot of fun to take part in something that I normally don’t get to experience, and I thought I did pretty well,” Cebak said. “Looking towards next year, I want to push myself a little bit harder in training, and I also want to work on my race pace so I can do better at the provincials.”
With three members of the Mustangs team taking part at the provincials this season, Head Coach Adam Yurkowski believes the program at George McDougall can only get stronger heading into next season.
“I think having runners at the provincial level and a third-place finish at the zones should spark more interest around the school,” Yurkowski said. “In the last three years, we have gone from six runners to 25 runners in our program, and it has been great to see that improvement.”