Terrace cross-country runners all made personal achievements at the Kispiox Turkey Trot on Oct. 11.
Faith Nisyok from Caledonia Senior Secondary School won first in the ages 16 to 19 category with a time of 26:31.
“She ran her five-kilometre race on Sunday faster than she ran the four-kilometre race that opened the season in Smithers,” said coach Megan Reid.
Faith “has improved remarkably over a few races. She is learning to pace herself, she had a lot of energy left at the end of the race… She finished well ahead of the pack, beating the second place runner by more than two minutes.”
Reid said athletes came from Smithers, Hazleton, Kispiox and Kitimat to compete in the race, which has a challenging five kilometre course with a number of gruelling hills.
Despite the rainy weekend in Terrace, the sun was shining in Kispiox when they arrived, and rain only hit after the race was finished.
“It was cold, crisp and clear for the race,” Reid said.
Six Terrace runners competed, and Reid says all of them did very well.
Competing in “a very large and very competitive division” against 16 other junior girls runners, Michaela Yeo got fourth with a time of 25:07 and Olivia Faetz got fifth with 26:01.
Both are students from the Skeena Middle School and achieved a personal best.
Two other racers from Skeena are new to cross-country racing and this was their first five-kilometre race. Zachary Bilash finished in 31:30 and Harkirat Dhillon in 31:20, times which Reid says will be a benchmark for them to build on as the season progresses.
Boadicea Feddersen also ran, finishing in 31:28, which Reid says is a very respectable time considering her recent heel injury. Feddersen was the fastest female runner on the team last year, and is committed to her running, said Reid.
The turkey trot is the second race of the season, which launched September 23 with a race in Smithers and will wrap up on November 7.
The cross-country runners joined the Terrace community at the Glow in the Dark Fun Run last Saturday. Their next race is in Prince Rupert on October 21.