Vanier track athlete Devon Schweiger trains just about everyday and although he competes in the junior division, he had Peacock senior runners Regan Silversides and Graeme Harrison in his sights and wanted to beat them and crack the top two in the 3,000m races.
It took until Tuesday at the South Central District 3,000m race at Gutheridge Field when Schweiger accomplished that feat, finished in second overall in the senior-junior race and finished ahead of Harrison with a time of 10:13.25, almost seven seconds better than Harrison’s 10:20.67. Silversides snuck just under the 10-minute mark with 9:59.96.
Like he did in Tuesday’s race, Schweiger was slowly gaining on the two Peacock runners throughout the season, cutting off seconds on his time and getting closer and closer.
“Before I was about 10 seconds behind them and the race before this one, I was literally milliseconds,” said Schweiger. “This one, I finally pulled off the win.
“You basically have to use that as motivation to up to their standards. Even when you’re training, you have that thought in your head, that’s what you got to strive for is to be up to their time and even beat them, if you have a chance to.”