Landry wins bronze at provincial championships

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - Tyler Landry is the 2013 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Senior Boys Cross Country Provincial Championship bronze medalist.

Landry won the bronze on a 7K-course over the weekend in New Minas with a time of 24:16.00.

"It was probably the hardest course I came upon in three years, but it was good," said the Grade 12 student at Amherst Regional High School.

He said the course had a bit of everything.

"It's multi-terrain course. Multi-terrain for cross-country is usually grass and gravel but this course had a little bit of everything," said Landry. "It had some extremely steep hills, we ran through a volleyball court with some really thick sand, we were on pavement, grass, and pin turns. Anything you could imagine the course threw at us."

He says it was one of the better races he's has run in his running career, but he was nervous going into the race.

"I found out I was ranked a lot lower than I usually am. The other region had a lot faster times than our region did, so going into it I was on the nervous side."

He was also sick for two weeks leading up to the provincial championships, and says he had something to prove.

"I knew it was going to be my last high school cross country race, so I wanted to go out and leave everything on the course," he said.

Landry finished only two seconds behind the second place finisher, Tim Longley.

"We were stride for stride for about six and half kilometres of the race," said Landry. "He came up from junior, so it was our first time ever meeting but I heard of him before."

Landry says the race was fast paced.

"I knew if there was a faster pace I'd be able to keep up but, because I was sick for a couple weeks, I knew I wasn't going to have much left in the end," said Landry. "I knew if it was going to be close at the end that I could come up a little short."

Landry and Longley both lay on the ground after crossing the finish line.

The first place finisher, Tobias Wolter, finished 1:06 ahead of Landry.

"He just came off of World Youth for track and field and he's ranked fifth in the world," said Landry. "He's one of the best runners I've ever run with. He's a great guy, and really modest, but in a race like that he did his own thing."

Landry said Wolter talked to the other runners for the first bit of the race.

"He has all the talent in the world. He was talking to a few of us after the race started but he took off when his coach told him to."

Landry says he's going to miss running cross-country.

"Cross Country has always been a passion but it's one of those sports that is super hard to train for and takes a lot of mental and physical strength," he said. "It really beat me up a couple times but I don't regret doing it."

His dad, Greg, was a long-distance runner as well and Tyler believes genetics plays a role in his love of running.

"I definitely get it from my dad's side. Absolutely."

Next up for Landry is high school track and field in the spring.

"I'm not playing hockey this year but I'm definitely doing a little bit of skiing," said Landry. "I'm going to do some indoor running events for track and try to stay healthy and motivated for when track and field starts up in May."


Organizations: Cross Country, Nova Scotia School, Amherst Regional High School

Geographic location: New Minas

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