Thirteen athletes from the Cochrane Endurance Project will wear two hats at the National Cross Country Championships in Ottawa on November 27.
Ranging from under-18s to masters, they have been named to Team Alberta’s A, B and C teams and will also score points for the Cochrane Endurance Project.
Head coach Travis Cummings says they had a few athletes named to Team Alberta during the last national championships in Abbotfords in 2019, but nothing of this magnitude.
âIt’s a big deal for the club,â Cummings said. âI think there were 62 athletes declared to Team Alberta and we have 13, so that’s pretty good.
Courtney Brohart, Sophia Nowicki and Jessica Kaiser have been named to the six-member Alberta Senior A Women’s Team. Their teammates are all from the University of Calgary Athletics Club.
In the provincial championship on November 7, Brohart finished first, Nowicki 5th and Kaiser 7th.
Csenia Irvin, Holly Moores and Makenna Myatt were half of the Alberta U18 B team, and Ellie Barlow is part of the C team.
Among the U18 boys, Clayton Grattidge, Nick Hooper, Caden Jones and Brendan Maguire make up the bulk of Team Alberta’s C team.
CEP athlete Jake White is on the Junior Men’s Team and Ed Nowicki is on the Men’s Masters Team.
Head Coach Travis Cummings says it’s a particularly great opportunity for their emerging cross country athletes.
âA lot of them haven’t represented the province at a national competition so it’s quite an honor for them,â said Cummings. “They are pumped.”
âIt’s been a pretty successful season so it’s a good feather for the kids. For most of them it will be the biggest race they’ve ever competed in. There are around 250 athletes in both races. U18, so it should be pretty exciting. “
The team will travel to Ottawa on November 25 and provide a preview of the course the next day.