"The Gravity Grinder" proves to be a surmountable challenge for VC runners.
No skier will ever suggest that Ontario has the best hills, but even by Ontario standards, no one wants to run UP a ski hill. The Varsity Cross Country team’s first meet this season was appropriately called “The Gravity Grinder,” and runners from across the GTA came around the final bend of the course only to find themselves at the bottom of a ski hill, with the finish line staring down at them from the very top. This punishing course set the tone for the training, support, and commitment of this year’s team. VC’s runners practiced on beautiful and sunny fall days, but they also came out to train in the cold and rain (occasionally suggesting to their coach that hill training in the rain is akin to torture). They pushed themselves and each other to improve their paces, and they were all rewarded with increasingly faster times at each meet they attended this season. The CISAA Championships at Lakefield College in late October was truly a culmination of the hard work of each runner this fall, and a display of how well members of this team supported one another. Running is equally mentally challenging and physically demanding, so having teammates walk each other to the start line, give each other pep talks, and cheer each other on from on the sidelines makes a huge difference.
This year, three members of the Varsity Cross Country team qualified for OFSAA, held at Dagmar Ski Resort on Saturday, November 5. Hayden Hour, Gala Gomez Morales and Leonardo Gomez Morales represented VC with pride. Leo achieved a personal best in the Novice Boys race, and Hayden reached his goal of sub 17 min in the Junior Boys category and came in 12th place in his division!! CONGRATULATIONS to the three OFSAA qualifiers and congratulations to the entire team for a memorable season!