Haywood RACE Report: Benita Peiffer and Julien Locke win Western Canadian Championship sprints

    February 8, 2019

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    The 2019 Western Canadian Championships got underway today with skate sprints, at Telemark Ski Club in Kelowna. The temperatures were in the -10 deg. C.  range with firm track conditions for the competitors.

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    Photos by DW

    In the morning qualifiers, it was a close contest between Katie Weaver of Hollyburn and Elizabeth Elliott of Revelstoke. Weaver prevailed by less than a second at the line. On the men's side it was more clear cut, with Julien Locke skiing to a comfortable 4 second victory over his Black Jack teammate Remi Drolet.

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    The women's final was a close race, with Whistler's Benita Peiffer, a junior, winning by 8 1/100ths of a second over Katie Weaver the 1st senior. In 3rd place was Elizabeth Elliott, (the 2nd junior racer). Nakkertok and UBC skier Claire Grall-Johnson was the 2nd senior competitor followed by the 3rd junior, Amanda Thompson of Whitehorse. The 3rd senior was Anna Zimmerman of Red Deer.

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    Women's podium

    The senior men's race saw Julien Locke well out in front, by 3 seconds, once again ahead of his junior teammate Remi Drolet. The battle for 2nd was tight with Drolet prevailing by 3/100ths of a second over local Telemark skier Gareth Williams.

    Sam Hendry of Canmore won quite a close race in the junior men's category, over Tallon Noble of Strathcona. 3rd was Rhys James of Foothills.

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    Sr. Men's podium

    Results

    Tomorrow's races are classic, mass-start competitions.

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