“We do have a young team and we’ve been so pleased with how they’ve been responding to training, so for them this event is just icing on the cake in terms of working so hard and getting used to the program,” said Vikes assistant coach Hilary Stellingwerff. “Now they need to capitalize on that, be tough and get out there.”
About the Event
The Vikes performed well to finish seventh in the country at nationals last season and although the roster is younger, they enter the weekend ranked in that same No. 7 spot.
“We need to be looking at getting some really good experience for our young team and then coming back next year with the goal of being on the podium,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner.
Scouting the Course
The race will take place on the Plains of Abraham near downtown Quebec City. As with any event taking place outdoors in the middle of November, the conditions are expected to be unpredictable.
“I’m excited about going to a course like this. It will really separate the fit from the unfit,” said Fougner. “The conditions can be anything from a beautiful sunny day to windy and snowy and we have been there for all those.”
Having already raced in some less than optimal weather throughout the season, the Vikes will be ready to deal with anything.
“We have already raced in some very sloppy conditions this year and that has created some resiliency in our team. A sunny day with a flat course is a bonus,” said Stellingwerff.
Brent Fougner, Vikes head coach
“They are all going to have to run extremely well to get into the top five but sometimes with rookies they step up when you least expect them to. It’s exciting to take such a young group.”
On Chloe Hegland, who has been the top Vikes finisher at two of their three meets this season.
“Chloe has been very consistent in her racing. She’s probably in the best fitness in her three years that she’s been here. Her fitness will really help her lead the team this weekend. Both her and Rachel Francois have the potential to be All-Canadians.”
“Leadership from Chloe will carry through to the younger girls who will know that she is up there doing her job.”