The five runners from TRSS who qualified for the Provincial High School Cross Country Running Championships in Victoria had a successful and exciting trip. After traveling for 2 days by bus with the other 32 athletes from the North Central zone, George Saul, Daniel Helm, Carina Helm, Kelsey Legault and Natalie Sharman arrived in Victoria on Friday Nov. 2nd. On Saturday morning, the weather was typical for cross country running ? cool, with a bit of rain off and on. For all three girls it was their first trip to an event of this caliber, and lining up at the start with over 250 other athletes, the best in the province, definitely caused some butterflies. The Tumbler Ridge girls ran very well, coming in within 20 seconds of each other with Carina in 127th, Kelsey in 132nd and Natalie in 146th place.
Daniel and George had both run on the Victoria course in last year?s provincial race, and their experience showed as Daniel improved his 2006 placing of 106th to move up to 74th place, and George jumped from 177th last year to 120th. In all, the Tumbler Ridge athletes were very happy with their performances, and coaches Linda Helm, Birgit Sharman and Charles Helm were quite proud.
After attending the awards ceremony, the zone bus headed for the ferry terminal, and then into Vancouver where all of the athletes and coaches watched the exciting final home game of the regular season for the BC Lions against Calgary. The Lions won in a nail-biter with the final score 25?24.
On Sunday the zone bus was full of tired but happy runners and coaches for the long trip home. New friendships had been formed between these students from Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Tumbler Ridge, Prince George, Quesnel, Vanderhoof and Burns Lake. There is already talk of strategies for next years? running season when the North Central Zone meet, where athletes qualify for provincials, will likely be held here in Tumbler Ridge. Congratulations to Kelsey, Natalie, Carina, George and Daniel for doing an excellent job of representing Tumbler Ridge.