High Knees Translate into High Hopes
The fleet-footed men and women of the Trojans cross-country running teams are ready to make huge strides
The Trojans are looking for gold at home this year as SAIT plays host to the ACAC championships for the first time since 2002.
Thanks to head coach Jamie Grant’s creation of a pre-season for his runners, the men and women of Troy might have the upper hand.
For the first time in his three-years as head-coach for the teams, Grant began a pre-training program in the summer, aimed at keeping the Trojans running year round.
“You can’t be competitive if you only run two
months a year,” said Grant. “The goal was to get everyone going in
a year-round program, so we hit September with a good fitness level.”
With cross-country having such a short season, Grant said the pre-training sessions and the development of a winter indoor track program are essential to help the Trojan runners reach their full potential.
“I find it tough for people who haven’t been training over the summer to bring them along quick enough that they can reach their potential in two months,” said Grant. “Having a year-round training program
Five members of the 2010 cross-country teams are returning this season to compete for the Trojans.
On the women’s team, three of SAIT’s top ru
nners are returning – headlined by Rebecca Britton, a second-year Medical Radiology Technology student out of Brandon, Man., who finished 10th last season and barely missed out on representing SAIT at the National Championships.
“It feels really great to be back. It’s awesome,” said Britton. “Last year we had a few pretty good runners, but this year we have some solid looking girls on the team and it’s exciting.”
Returning to the Trojans alongside Britton are Kim Gray, a second-year Administrative Information Management student out of Cochrane, Alta., and Jill Blashyn, a Calgary-born second-year Digital Graphic
Communication and Print Technology student.
Joining these veterans will be highly touted rookie Alison McPherson, who is looking to make a big impact for the Trojans this season.
Although the men’s team lost Josh Inha
ber – who also finished 10th last season along with Britton – Grant said talented rookie Charlie Gretton, a first-year Business Administration student, is ready to make a splash.
“I see Charlie run and I can tell he’s got a lot of talent and a great fitness base,” said Grant.
Gretton, who recently won the Calgary marathon for his age group, enjoys the freedom that running gives him. “It doesn’t matter what’s going on in your life at the time, you always feel fresh after running,” he said.
This attitude translated into a ninth-place finish for Gretton during the Trojans first exhibition race held in Edmonton on Sept. 10.
Teammate Britton placed second overall among ACAC athletes and led the SAIT team to a second place overall finish in the women’s team competition.