He won three straight invitational races. Then he capped his OCAA season with a gold medal.
He’s Mohawk College’s cross country champion Kyle Rooke.
The graduate of Burlington Assumption said he honestly didn’t expect to have a season like that, even in his third year of running for the College.
“I did a lot of training in the summer, but I just expected to come top-10, maybe,” said Rooke. “I’m happy with the results I got.”
Certainly his three years with the team has had its ups ands downs. He had a lot to learn the first year, had injuries which hurt him in the second year, then success in his third and final year.
“This last year I really wanted to make it count, and I ended up doing very well, and my times improved quite a bit. I was really happy with it.”
Rooke did not know new head coach and OCAA Coach of the Year, Ryan Gagnon, but he says he’s a really good guy. “He helped out a lot with all the coaching and all the workouts and definitely was a lot of help along with assistant coach Kyler Norton.” He also wanted to thank the Dundas Valley club for their help in his development.
Rooke will now lead Mohawk’s men and women into the CCAA Nationals at Seneca College November 9-10. “I try not to think about it. I try to do my best, it’s all you can really ask for.”
Another thing Rooke has not thought much about is post-college racing and at what distance. “I probably could. I’ve not really thought about it. It’s hard to think ahead and what you’re going to do in life.”
But he does admit he’d like to do more running.. “I’ve done Around the Bay before. I’ve never done a marathon. That would be cool too!”
Source: Al Craig