Jake Littlejohn wins silver in Junior boys race at Huntsville
HUNTSVILLE – The DCVI Nordic ski team took to the trails for the last time this season at the 2020 OFSAA Nordic ski championships held here last Thursday, Feb. 20.
A total of 29 skiers made the trip north.
“Despite the trying weather we experienced in the south, St. Marys DCVI concluded that even though we have little snow to train on, 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 five occasions, and 11 of the St. Marys skiers individually placed in the top 25.
Lydia Taylor led her Junior girls team with an individual placing of 15th.
Silver for Littlejohn
Junior boy Jake Littlejohn competed in a very tight race with a skier from Huntsville. He finished in second place, only one-tenths of a second out of the gold-medal position. Teammates Jimmy Schiedel, Colby Older and Carter Reid were 18th, 24th and 25th, respectively, finishing in fifth place overall as a team.
Senior girl Hazel Taylor skied an excellent race to end her high school Nordic season with her best-ever finish, placing 13th.
Senior boy Ethan Aarts laid it all out on the course, placing fifth overall in the Open division. Joe Hutton also rounded out his high school Nordic season with an astonishing eighth-place finish in Open. Teammates Jarod Medd, Adam DeNeve and Owen Wrigley all finished well, placing 9th, 15th and 22nd, respectively. The team placed fourth overall, just missing out on the bronze medal by two places.
“Congratulations to all members on another excellent season and for representing DCVI so well as a team without snow,” coach Wrigley summed up.
“Special thanks to coaches Kelli Schiedel and Scott Weersink for all their hard work and commitment to allow the team to have four practice times to choose from each week and offer their expertise to this group of amazing athletes.”
WOSSAA highlights from Highlands
WOSSAA skiing, meanwhile, was held recently at Highlands Nordic Centre in Duntroon (south of Collingwood).
The following are some meet highlights for the DCVI skiers.
Lydia Taylor was first in Juniors girls, followed by Audrey Littlejohn (fourth) and Anne Griffith-Jones (seventh). Salukis took the first five spots in the Junior boys race. Jake Littlejohn was first, Colby Older second, Carter Reid third, Jimmy Schiedel fourth, Aaron Vernooy fifth and Ben Turner seventh.
DCVI’s Hazel Taylor placed first in the Senior girls race, Jenna Dufton was fourth, and Emily Vink and Melanie Martin tied for sixth.
In Senior boys, Salukis’ Ethan Aarts finished first in the Open division. In the high school category, DCVI claimed eight of the top nine spots. Joe Hutton was first, Adam DeNeve second, Jarold Medd third, Owen Wrigley fifth, Curtis Taylor sixth, Sean Slater seventh, Sam Bolton eighth and Scott Standeaven ninth.
In the team competitions, Salukis cleaned up at WOSSAA. DCVI was first and fourth in Junior girls, first and third in Junior boys, first in Senior girls, and first and second in Senior boys.
Note: OFSAA skiing was held on just one day this year. The relays last Friday were cancelled due to the provincial teachers’ strike.