Trojans fall shy of Nationals

The ACAC 2010 cross-country running season wrapped up on Oct. 30 with two strong performances by SAIT Trojan runners Josh Inhaber and Rebecca Britton. But their effort wasn’t enough to clinch a spot at nationals.

Both Inhaber and Britton finished 10th overall in their races at provincials, held at Edmonton’s Goldstick Park. First-year management student Inhaber ran the men’s 8-kilometre, while first-year Medical Radiology Technology student Britton competed in the women’s 5 km.

Although Inhaber and Britton both ran strong races, they fell just short of qualifying for nationals. A top seven standing would’ve earned either a spot at the national championships on Nov. 12 and 13 in Fredericton, N.B.

“Josh and Becca had great seasons,” said assistant coach Earl Zimmer. “Josh saw small but important improvements and his dedication to running is amazing.”

Head coach Jamie Grant is pleased with both Britton’s and Inhaber’s progress. “They both came a long way this season and with a full year of training, they will both be ready to move up next season,” said Grant.

Though the team will not have any runners competing in the national championships, Grant is happy with the results.

“The team has more than doubled in numbers this year and the group as a whole is much more dedicated,” he said. “There will be a good number of returning runners (six for the women and three for the men) which will make us much better next year as they have all committed to training year round.”

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