Nanaimo's Erin Burrett is making up for lost time.
Late to the sport of road racing, she put an exclamation mark on her best season yet on Saturday, finishing eighth at the Toronto Zoo Run, which serves as the Canadian 10K Championships.
In the process, as a member of Team B.C., she helped the provincial team win the women's and co-ed team gold. B.C. also earned the men's title.
The Canadian Championships also served as the Timex series final and Burrett finished as the top B.C. runner in 35 minutes and 53 seconds, and was announced as the third overall in the women's division, though that could be changed to first overall on appeal.
Though Burrett, 31, finished 1:11 off of her best 10K time, the Zoo Run is a slow technical course, particularly over the final five kilometres.
"It's not my best time, but I feel like it would have been if it was a faster course," she said.
She has one more race in her road-racing season, heading to the Rock and Roll San Jose half marathon in two weeks, where she is hoping to build off her positive momentum.
"I have big expectations, but the half marathon hasn't been my best race so far this season," said Burrett. "I would like to run a low or sub (one hour, 18 seconds)."
This was her first year competing on provincial teams and she is hoping to compete at an even higher level next year.
This means increasing her training and getting into even bigger races, all of which comes with a price tag.
To do this she is hoping to attract a few sponsors along the way to help with the bills.
"My goals are to get on to some of these (national teams)" said Burrett, noting she may start targeting full marathons as early as next year.
"Not the for Olympics, but for relays but even possibly crosscountry at some point. Team Canada in something is the ultimate goal."
U-16 Storm fall to rival Fusion The Upper Island Storm U-16 girls suffered their first defeat of the Vancouver Island Premier League season on Saturday, losing 3-1 in Saanich to the Prospect Lake Fusion.
The Fusion built an early 2-0 lead, but Amelia Kazanowski got Upper Island back in the game, scoring on a penalty kick in the 67th minute.
But the Fusion fought back and put the game away in the 78th minute as Natlie Koehn put home her second goal of the game past Grace Yacoboski in the Storm net.
Jadyn Paltiel picked up the win in the Fusion net.
Eagles soar to tier II volleyball title The Woodland Eagles pulled off some big upsets as they earned gold at the Camosun College high school volleyball tournament in Victoria this weekend. They went into the tournament ranked 17th out of 18 teams, but rolled to a 6-1 record to win the tier II title.
VIU Mariners split soccer weekend The Vancouver Island University Mariners had an up and down weekend as both the men's and women's teams split their Pacific Western Athletic Association games at Merle Logan Field. The women lost 1-0 to the Kwantlen Eagles on Saturday but rebounded to beat the Douglas Royals 2-0. The men, meanwhile, beat Kwantlen 1-0 on Saturday, but lost 3-1 to Douglas.
VIU hosts the UBC-O Heat this Saturday at - women at 1 p.m., men at 3 p.m. - and the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack on Sunday - women at noon, men at 2 p.m.
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