Josh Novak competes at XC nationals
Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 06:00 am
St. Timothy Thunder cross-country star Josh Novak earned some valuable experience at the Cross Country National Championships in Kingston, Ont., on Nov. 24 and 25.
Novak raced with the University of Calgary Athletics Club (UCAC) and finished 127th out of 213 runners in the Youth Boys race with an overall time of 21:22. Novak wasnít too pleased with the results, but said the chance to compete nationally was worth the trip.
ďIt was a whirlwind weekend. Iím thankful I had the opportunity to go out to Kingston, even if it wasnít my best performance,Ē Novak said.
ďIt was just a bit frustrating because I know I can run better than that, I just didnít push myself as hard as I needed to. But as I said, it was unbelievable to be able to participate in a race like that and if anything, it will just motivate me for the offseason.
Novakís coach at St. Timothy, Travis Cummings, reiterated that the experience would bode well for his young runner in future races.
ďI thought he got great experience and did about as well as he could given it was his first national experience,Ē Cummings said.
ďIt takes about three or four of them to actually figure out how to race at that level and it was great preparation for him moving into university competition.Ē
The young Cochrane runner also commented on the fact that it was strange he was competing, but wasnít wearing Thunder colours.
ďHonestly, it didnít make a huge difference in such a big race, but with that being said, it did feel a little weird representing the purple and white,Ē Novak said.
ďBut I wouldnít be where I am today without the coaches and training Iíve gotten from St. Timothy, so I really canít thank them enough.Ē
Novak will now spend the next few months training and deciding which university heíll compete for next fall.
ďIíve met with the coaches from the University of Victoria, Saskatchewan and Queens over the weekend. There are a few other schools that Iím considering, but if I want to keep running, those are the schools Iíve been in contact with so far,Ē Novak said.
ďI had talked with those schools prior to nationals, but this was the first time I really have gotten to talk to the coaches personally,Ē
ďAs for training, I think the offseason will mainly be about putting the work in to give myself the best shot at making varsity next fall.Ē