Elementary runners head to Theresetta for cross-country meet

Students from several schools braved the chilly autumn day on Thursday, Oct. 6 to take part in the CARA cross-country meet at Gus Wetter.

Japheth Wildeboer

Japheth Wildeboer

In bright-coloured hoodies and track pants, students from several schools braved the chilly autumn day on Thursday, Oct. 6 to take part in the Theresetta Catholic School CARA cross-country meet in Castor.

Students from Stettler Elementary School joined students from Wm. E. Hay Secondary Campus’ grades 7-9 to bus over to the community, about 60 km east of Stettler, for the run.

Every year, Theresetta Catholic School organizes the run, with a fun-run for the lower grades and a cross-country course for the older students. Students started at the school and ran a path through the community, taking them through Pals Park and through wooded pathways as they paced themselves for the long run.

Almost a hundred students from Stettler took part in the meet, with Stettler Elementary sending 37, and Wm. E. Hay sending 60. In all, more than 200 students took part, according to organizer Mitch Finkbiner, a teacher at Theresetta.

“The day ran really smoothly, which is never easy when you are hosting over 200 kids,” he said. “We also got pretty lucky with the weather, as it was forecasted to be closer to zero that day.”

The kids went to Lacombe yesterday, Thursday Oct. 13, for the final meet in Lacombe.

“The runners did awesome (in Castor),” Coach Kim Poapst said on Wednesday. “We’re heading to the final run with some Grade 6 kids in Lacombe.”

The two schools were but two of several taking part in the run, including Gus Wetter Public School from Castor, Theresetta, Donalda Public School, Erskine Public School, Big Valley Public School, Botha Public School, Byemoor Public School, Brownfield Public School and Coronation Public School.