WOSSAA was scheduled for Tuesday at Highlands
By Pat Payton
DUNTROON – St. Marys DCVI Salukis enjoyed a great day at the Huron-Perth Nordic cross-country skiing championships here last Monday, Feb. 11 at the Highlands Nordic Centre (south of Collingwood).
Salukis picked up two individual firsts, two seconds, and had numerous top-10 finishes. DCVI also won the H-P team titles for Junior boys, Junior girls and Senior boys.
In Junior girls, Lydia Taylor finished second overall with a time of 15 minutes, 37 seconds. Teammates Lili Smith was third (17:07), Kaitlyn Dufton eighth (20:43) and Melanie Martin 10th (21:06).
Eight of top nine finishers
In Junior boys, Salukis claimed eight of the top nine positions–led by Ethan Aarts who easily topped the field with a time of 19:06.
Adam DeNeve was second (21:07), Jake Littlejohn third (21:51), Scott Standeaven fourth (22:55), Curtis Taylor fifth (23:36), Owen Wrigley sixth (23:58), Carter Reid eighth (25:09) and Aaron Vernooy ninth (25:15).
In Senior girls, DCVI’s Grace Hutton was second (24:55), Hazel Taylor third (27:12), Jenna Dufton fifth (29:02) and Emily Vink 11th (33:57). Hutton is the defending OFSAA high school division champion. Stratford St. Mikes skier Elizabeth Drake won last week’s H-P race in 23:50.
St. Marys had another strong showing among the Senior boys. Joe Hutton was first in 25:19, Liam DeNeve fourth (27:54), Jarod Medd sixth (28:32), Mackenzie Forman seventh (29:34), George Hensel eighth (30:57) and Sam Bolton 11th (31:49).
OFSAA at Duntroon: The DCVI Nordic ski team was scheduled to be back at Duntroon on Tuesday (Feb. 19) of this week for WOSSAA. OFSAA is also at Highlands Nordic Centre from Feb. 27 to March 1.