Two gold medals and a silver in high school division
SUDBURY – The DCVI Nordic ski team took to the trails for the last time this season at the OFSAA Nordic Ski championships held here last week at Laurentian University.
Despite the trying weather experienced in the sunny south, DCVI athletes concluded that even though “we train on mud and race on snow, we can still hold our own,” coach Annette Wrigley noted.
With almost 800 competitors and 56 teams from all over the province, Salukis stood on the podium on seven occasions, with six of their athletes individually finishing in the top 50.
This year for the first time, skiers were placed in either the Open or high school divisions.
On the first day (Feb. 21), Hazel Taylor led her DCVI Junior girls team with an individual placing of 21st on the 3.5 k.m. course. Her time was 13 minutes, 17.9 seconds. A total of 178 skiers started the Jr. girls race.
Another first for Ethan
Salukis’ Ethan Aarts laid it all out on the course, placing third overall and winning the gold medal in the high school category. Aarts’ time over the 5 k.m. course was 13:17.4.
His DCVI teammates Sam Bolton placed 43rd, with Owen Wrigley three seconds behind in 46th, and Adam DeNeve 18 seconds behind him in 54th. A total of 183 skiers started the race.
The Junior boys placed fifth overall on the first day, and skied a very fast relay the second day–just missing out on the bronze medal with a fourth-place finish.
The DCVI Junior boys ‘B’ team, made up of all first-year racers, placed in the top half of the 183-member field. The team placed 11th in the rankings on the first day.
In the Senior girls category, the icy course with its treacherous downhills suited Salukis’ Grace Hutton just fine. She won the gold medal in the high school individual category, finishing 16th overall with a time of 15:52.1 on the 5 k.m. course. A total of 172 skiers started the race.
“It was a really fast course,” coach Wrigley noted. “The downhills were icy and tricky, but Grace loved it. It was a course made for someone who is powerful and that is Grace.”
Joe Hutton secured the silver medal in the Senior boys individual event, less than two seconds out of first. Hutton finished 19th overall, with a time of 16:47.2 on the 7.5 k.m. course.
Teammates Marcel Scheele was ninth and Thomas Wrigley 23rd in a field of 180 skiers. It helped give the DCVI Sr. boys an eighth-place berth on the podium after day one.
On day two, teammates Scheele, Wrigley and Sean Slater showed off their speed by bumping up their team standings two spots to finish in sixth place.
A record 27 Nordic skiers represented DCVI at the OFSAA championships last week.
“In terms of the amount of skiers, it was the most ever,” coach Wrigley said. “In terms of individual standings, it was our best OFSAA with two golds and a silver.”
Congratulations to all members of the team for another excellent season.