At OFSAA Nordic competition last week at Highlands near Duntroon
DUNTROON – The DCVI ski team took to the trails for the last time this season at the OFSAA Nordic ski championships held here at Highlands Nordic Centre last Thursday and Friday.
“Despite the trying weather we experienced in the south, St. Marys DCVI concluded that even though we ‘train on slush and race on snow’ we can still hold our own,” coach Annette Wrigley said. With almost 800 competitors and 56 teams from all over the province, the Salukis stood on the podium on eight occasions, with 18 of the DCVI skiers individually racing to finish in the top 50.
On the first day, Lydia Taylor competed in the 3.5 k.m. race and led the Junior girls team with an individual 15th-place finish, followed closely by Jadyn DeBoer in 22nd and Lili Smith in 47th.
In the Junior boys 6 k.m. race, Salukis’ Ethan Aarts laid it all out on the course–placing third overall in the Open division. His teammates also had podium finishes in the high school division. Jake Littlejohn was sixth, Adam DeNeve 10th, Scott Standeaven 13th, Curtis Taylor 23rd, Aaron Vernooy 36th and Carter Reid 43rd.
The team placed fifth overall on the first day. On day two, this Junior crew raced a very fast 4×800-metre relay — just missing out on the bronze medal.
In the Senior girls 6 k.m. event, the uphills were not her favourite, but the downhills belonged to Grace Hutton. She placed seventh in the high school individual category, with teammate Hazel Taylor in 30th.
Hutton wins antique bronze
Joe Hutton secured the antique bronze (just six seconds out of third place) in the gruelling 7.8 k.m. Senior boys individual race. All DCVI Senior boys cracked the top 50: Liam DeNeve finished 17th, Jarod Medd 22nd, Mackenzie Forman 39th, Sean Slater 42nd and Sam Bolton 44th — giving the St. Marys boys a sixth-place berth on the podium after day one.
On day two, the Senior team showed off their speed by bumping up their team standings to finish in an exciting fifth-place photo finish.
“Congratulations to all members on persevering the rotten ‘Banana Belt’ weather and many hours of dryland training to produce excellent results at OFSAA,” coach Wrigley summed up.