Cross-Country running team tie down another record-breaker

10 hours of back-breaking collecting and sorting empties pays off for the whole team

On Friday Sept 15, coaches Mr. and Mrs. Nemethy, parents and students of the Nechako Valley (NVSS) Cross-Country (X-C) team went door-to-door from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to collect empty cans and bottles from all over Vanderhoof. The next day they sorted them from 8:15 a.m. until 3:40 p.m. at the SD 91 bus garage, finally leaving the bottle depot at 4:00 p.m.

“It was our largest pile of bottles I have ever seen” said Coach Brian Nemethy.

All that hard work paid off once again. The final dollar total was $2,725.00 a new record for the X-C team. Funds raised from the annual bottle drive go towards team bus transportation cost, race entry fees at zones, and team jackets. Without fundraising at the start of the season, participation costs would be much higher than $40 per student.

“A special thank you to Samantha McKinlay who got the truck with a trailer hitch to pull the low bed back and forth to the depot,” said Nemethy. “Also another special thank you to the Blattner’s and Seely’s who took the garbage and recycling to the dump after the cleaned up.”

Lachlan Pedersen was the winner of the Woody’s gift card as he guessed $2,675.00 which was closed to the total amount. Congratulations Lachlan!

This is coach Brian Nemethy’s 19th season as head coach for the NVSS X-C team and his 11th season as Zone Rep for North Central District for X-C running. He also completed his 16th season coaching NVSS Track and Field this past spring. Wanda Nemethy has been his assistant coach the whole way. She also leads the WL McLeod Elementary sports council and coaches X-C and T &F teams at WL McLeod Elementary School.

The next race is at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday Sept 30 and is being hosted by NVSS at the ski trails range, the Nechako Valley Sporting Association.