First off, I’ll tell you a little about myself. I was born and raised right here in Halifax, graduating from Armbrae Academy (a small private school) in 2008. Throughout high school, I competed in cross country and track and field. My first year of university I went to the University of King’s College to do the Foundation Year Program, before transferring to Dalhousie in my second year. Now I’m a fourth-year student, doing my BA (Hons.) in Classics, which if you don’t know, is the study of ancient Greece and Rome. After my undergrad, I plan on doing an MA in Classics, and eventually a PhD.
Last year we went undefeated in the AUS conference (we came second in our interlock meet in Sherbrooke, QC), won the AUS Championship in Antigonish; at Nationals our youthful inexperience really showed, and we finished significantly below our ranking.
This year, however, we’re a much better team. Despite our #1 runner, Dan Gorman, graduating, we’re a much stronger team. Between two strong transfers from St. FX – Ivan Lewis for Law School and Brent Addison for Business – and a strong cast of rookies, and another year of growth, development, and maturity, we look like we’re in a good position to defend our AUS title come October 29th.
This past weekend, we headed out to training camp. Friday morning 26 of us headed up to Camp MacLennan just outside of Pictou. We spent the weekend getting to know each other, talking about our goals and expectations for the season, and of course, lots of running. I always look forward to training camp as it is a great way to catch up with everyone after a summer of training apart and to meet the new rookies. It’s where we really start to gel as a team before the stress of school hits.