Race to the Nationals
Cross-country running gives the word endurance its true meaning. And SAIT Trojan runners train vigorously in hopes that it will pay off with a spot at the Nationals that will be held this year in Fredericton, New Brunswick at St. Thomas University.
The national event focuses on the best runners in the CCAA (Canadian Colleges Athletics Association) in one race, and two of SAIT’s best expect be among them.
Josh Inhaber, a Business Management student, has been involved with cross country for seven years. Training with the Trojans intensely with high hopes to secure a spot at the nationals.
Inhaber is competing at Provincials Oct. 30 in Edmonton at Goldstick Park and his placement determines if he’ll represent SAIT at nationals.
“I have never ran competitively before so I am incredibly excited to see how I compare to Canada’s best runners,” said Inhaber. “And to let loose and have some fun.”
SAIT head coach Jamie Grant says a national race will test his runners. “It’s very competitive and tends to bring out the best performance in every runner,” said Grant.
Grant ran on the same course the nationals will be held at when he went to the University of New Brunswick. The coach of the St.Thomas University’s team was his teammate and roommate. With all these stars aligning, Grant says he’d like a spot at Nationals as much as his runners.
According to Grant, Inhaber has been consistent all season and is tough.
“He works as hard as anybody out there,” he said. “He ran under 30 minutes for the first time last weekend, and has the confidence to take more time off and challenge for that top seven.”
Inhaber has been training and working hard with his eye on the Maritimes. Some of the training he has been doing includes running on hills, intervals, and sprints.
“I want him to learn from the experience as he will be back next year,” Grant said.
“I think he will be at the top of, not only the ACAC, but also the CCAA.”
Trojan Rebecca Britton is also expected to secure a spot at Nationals.
Both Inhaber and Britton need to place in the top seven to go to Nationals.