Olympians Matt Hughes and Sheila Reid were at the OFSAA Cross-Country Championships on Nov. 5 inspiring the next generation of high school runners. Both runners, products of the Ontario high school sports system, competed at the OFSAA Championships before attending university in the United States and going pro. This year’s race was held at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ont.

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Canadian Running caught up with Hughes and Reid at the provincial cross-country championships to chat high school memories, training and plans for the 2016-2017. Hughes confirmed his entry for the Canadian Cross-Country Championships in Kingston, Ont. at the end of November though he will not vie for a spot on the world team. Hughes represented Canada in Rio in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, an event in which he is the national record holder.

Matt Hughes

Reid contested the 5,000m at the London Olympics but was forced to withdraw from the Olympic Trials for Rio due to injury. She provides an update on her training and talks about the coveted OFSAA sweater that serves as a souvenir from each of the annual cross-country championships.

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Sheila Reid

Hughes, a native of Oshawa, Ont., and Reid, who grew up in Newmarket in the Greater Toronto Area, had successful collegiate careers after high school winning NCAA Division One titles in the United States. Hughes attended Clemson and graduated from Louisville and Reid graduated from Villanova.

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