Several Kimberley runners have qualified for Provincials after Selkirk Secondary hosted the East Kootenay Zone Race, which took place at the Kimberley Nordic Center on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
Coach Doug Clarke says that all of the runners did really well.
In the Junior Girls category, Sadie DeMars placed first with Brooklyn Burki in second. Both of them qualified for provincials. In Junior Boys, Selkirk’s Raleigh Rartd came in third place.
“Brooke is in Grade 8 so she was running against a lot of people older than her, in grades 9 and 10, so that was impressive. We have other junior girls that placed in the top ten as well,” said Clarke.
Two of Selkirk’s Senior Girls also qualified for provincials: Marielle Ackerman and Quinn Morgan.
“All of the senior girls did well, they came in first, second, third and fourth out of everybody – both boys and girls,” said Clarke.
He adds that the Selkirk runners recently competed in Whitefish, Montana, where many walked away with medals as well.
The Selkirk runners train three times per week, in and amongst a busy schedule of other extra-cirriculars. It’s those other commitments that may not allow for runners to attend the provincial meet they’ve qualified for.
“The provincials take place in Abbotsford on November 2. It’s a long way to go for that race, and some of the students have other commitments, like band and nordic ski training, so although many of them qualified I’m not sure if they will be attending,” said Clarke. “We’re really proud of them all though, everyone raced well and the venue for the zone race was really great.”
Full results for Selkirk students are as follows:
Marielle Ackermann 1st
Quinn Morgan 2nd
Darah Clarke 3rd
Sydney Wilson 4th
Sadie Demars 1st
Brooklyn Burki 2nd
Frieda Friedhoff 6th
Nola Clarke 7th
Saige Black 11th
Raleigh Tarte 3rd
Miguel Garcia 14th