Lacing up for provincials

Trojans set sights on ACAC medals

The SAIT Trojans cross-country teams have completed their last run of the Grand Prix regular season, and have set their sights on provincial and national championships later this year.

Head coaches, Bre Langley and Ryan Edgar, have been co-coaching the cross-country teams for two years now, though, they both have four years of coaching experience at SAIT under former head coach Jamie Grant.

Having two coaches in charge has worked well for the Trojans, as they both “bring different aspects to the table,” said Langley.

Langley is from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and competed for four years on the cross-country team. A Calgary native, she has returned and continues to support runners from a coaching position.

“It’s nice to step into more of a head coach position,” said Langley.

“Rather than assistant coaching, which [Edgar and I] had both been doing with Jamie.”

Clearly the duo has worked out, as the Trojans have had a very successful season.

The men’s team in particular has had immense success this season and aims to place in nationals, with coach Langley saying, “If everybody runs what they can, our guys team should win provincials.”

During the final race of the Grand Prix season, star runners Alex Howells and Jacques Saayman placed first and second, respectively.

Rounding off the team, veteran SAIT runner Sean Hickey, who has been with the Trojans for five seasons, placed ninth overall, and Daryl Ross finished 12th, giving the men’s team the first place title.

The women’s team is also pegged for success in the tournaments to come.

They were at a disadvantage for the regular season with only three eligible runners on the team.

“The girls side struggled to get a full team together,” said Langley. “So [the last run of the season, in Camrose, Alta.] is actually the first meet we are going to have four runners.”

Before this, the women were unable to compete as a team at any Grand Prix races. The change came when former SAIT runner, Jayme Nagy, returned to the team after being unable to compete during the regular season due to her workload in school.

“If they run really hard,” Langley added, the women’s team “can definitely strive to be top three, though the competition on the girl’s side is very tough.”

Now a complete team, the women finished in fourth place at the final Gran Prix event. Rickie Doyle and Erica Paxton finished in 11th and 12th, respectively, while Jayme Nagy finished in 15th and Anna Gallup in 33rd.

Moving forward, the cross-country teams will continue training and expect to place in the upcoming provincial championships on Oct. 29, in Grande Prairie, Alta., as well as in the national championships, set to be in Ontario on Nov. 12.

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