RNSC returns from BC Championships with medal haul
By Sarah Newton, Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club
The Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team bus was be a bit heavier on its return trip from the Teck BC Championships in Prince George last weekend.
Twelve Revelstoke athletes competed with the best of the best in British Columbia and came away with lots of hardware to show for their efforts.
Temperatures hovered around zero making waxing a critical part of race preparation. Once again, Revelstoke’s wax team rose to the occasion.
Here are the Revelstoke results from Saturday’s classic ski events:
Jaclyn Elliot: Peewee Girls 2 km race – silver
Nelson Luxmoore: Peewee Boys 2 km race – bronze
Miika Park: Bantam Girls 2.5 km race – gold
Hayden Mallett- Bantam Boys 2.5 km race –bronze
Simon Blackie: Bantam Boys 2.5 km – 5th
Erik Brosch: Bantam Boys 2.5 km – 8th
Alana Brittin: Midget Girls 5 km – gold
Elizabeth Elliot: Midget Girls 5 km – 4th
Beth Granstrom: Midget Girls 5 km – 5th
Kate Granstrom: Midget Girls 5 km – 7th
Tayla Koerber: Juvenile Girls 7.5 km – 4th
Bronte Viznaugh: Junior Girls 7.5 km – 4th
Sunday’s events were all skate skiing relay teams with groups of three athletes competing together for an overall time. Revelstoke’s Midget Girls team was the only one to reach the podium, finishing second.
Coach Matt Smider was very proud of his team’s performance. “In addition to the added pressure of competing at a championship event, skiers faced a challenging course comprised of lengthy climbs and technical descents,” he said. “Watching our athletes rise to the occasion at Otway was quite a testament to their mental and physical strength. This event will boost our confidence heading into the second half of the competition season.”
On Saturday evening, there was a banquet held to present aggregate awards for the BC Cup Series. The following Revelstoke skiers received awards:
Jaclyn Elliott: Peewee Girls – 2nd
Nelson Luxmoore: Peewee Boys – 3rd
Miika Park: Bantam Girls – 2nd
Hayden Mallett: Bantam Boys – 2nd
Alana Brittin: Midget Girls – 2nd
Not in attendance, but still receiving awards were:
Emily Suchy: Female Sit Skier – 1st
Megan Evans: Junior Girls – 1st
Brittany Evans reaches podium at Eastern Canadian Championships
Revelstoke’s Brittany Evans finished second amongst Junior Girls in the free technique race at the Eastern Canadian Championships in Nakertok, Ont., last weekend.
Evans, who is training with the Alberta World Cup Academy in Canmore, Alta., this winter, completed the 10 kilometre course in 29:13, about 36 seconds behind winner Sophie Carrier-Laforte
Evans also finished sixth in the 15 kilometre classic race, four minutes back of the winner Kendra Murray.
Brittany and her sister Megan will be racing at the Western Canadian Championships in Grand Prairie, Alta., from Feb. 22-24.