On the eve of their trip to Kelowna, Kenzie Chilcott and Jordynn McPherson casually trained in the climate-controlled environment at the Pomeroy Sports Centre.
Joined by teammate Emma Lang, who is another of the 10 NPSS runners that qualified at Zones in Quesnel for the BC High School Cross Country Running Provincials from Nov. 4-5 in Kelowna— the trio happily kept warm and dry getting ready for their next big race.
Chilcott, 15, will be joined fellow ELC student Dustin Bowes, NPSS grade 12 student Jaston Stockall and Dr. Kearney runner Jordynn McPherson on the trip to provincials.
“Seeing how well I do,” Chilcott said, who will make her second appearance at provincials for cross country this year. “Just (want) to get the nervousness over with, I just want to run.”
McPherson has always been a fan of the longer distances in the track and field world, but will be making her first appearance at provincials this year.
“I didn’t do as well as I could have. I know that,” she said about her zone performance. “I’ve never been to provincials before. So I do hope to finish the race that’s for sure. Hopefully do OK, I’m just going to try my best.”
Lang, who has taken a few years off cross country running, returned to the trails to see what she could do, was happy with her performance at zones and was happy to see all of her teammates also qualify.
“I felt good because I haven’t done cross country in a while,” she said. “I was impressed, I wasn’t sure if I would (even make it). I thought it was top 10, they ended up taking the top 20 (from the zone).”
Chilcott hopes her experience from last year at provincials will help her jump out ahead of the pack early, something she says has helped her in races before.
“If you start out and it’s really wide, you want to get in front, so that’s what I usually do. I try to keep my spot,” she said.
While the teammates were quick to downplay any predictions for finishing times or placing goals, Chilcott offered her best guess.
“At zones last year I got fourth. I got fourth again this year. I felt like I advanced. I want to do better (at provincials) because I’ve seen what’s out there in B.C,” she said.
McPherson added she would be happy to “Just be there with a bunch of good runners.”