Greer and Johnsgaard tear up the trails

Fresh snow and mild temperatures greeted skiers at the Yukon Cross-Country Ski Championships in Whitehorse on Saturday. About 30 skiers competed in the interval start in free technique with most of the athletes opting to skate ski in the 5-, 6.6- and 10-kilometre long courses.

Fresh snow and mild temperatures greeted skiers at the Yukon Cross-Country Ski Championships in Whitehorse on Saturday.

About 30 skiers competed in the interval start in free technique with most of the athletes opting to skate ski in the 5-, 6.6- and 10-kilometre long courses.

Calen McLean and Alexis Gee won the five-kilometre midget class with a time of 16:29 and 19:01 minutes respectively, while Erin Oliver-Beebe won the female class in the juvenile age group in 15:13 minutes. In the 6.6-kilometre course Izak Baril-Blouin edged out Fabien Brook by four seconds, clocking a time of 20:44.

Janelle Greer won by 19 seconds over Heidi Brook on the 6.6-kilometre course in the junior female class. Greer completed the course in 22:31 minutes.

In the junior male class, Knute Johnsgaard completed the 10-kilometre course in 27:26, 30 seconds faster than second-place finisher Jeff Wood. David Gonda took top spot in the 10-kilometre open men class with a time of 32:06.

Janelle Greer and Knute Johnsgaard were awarded the Gordon Taylor trophy for being the fastest female and male. The Schiffkorn Trophy for fastest midget-age skiers was given to Calen McLean and Kassi Wright.

The Haywood Ski Nationals will be hosted by the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club in mid-March. Four hundred top skiers from across North America are expected to attend the event.

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