The Yukon Ski Team spent the weekend in Alaska competing with the state’s best in the Besh Cup race series in Anchorage.
The first race of the weekend was a one-kilometre knockout sprint competition, skied using the skating technique.
Janelle Greer picked up a silver medal in the women’s J2 category, while Dahria Beatty brought home a bronze for her efforts in the J3 group.
Bryn Knight, competing with the senior women, was the third-place finisher in her age group and 12th overall.
On Sunday, the skiers switched gears and moved on to distance events in classic technique.
Janelle Greer picked up a gold for Team Yukon, winning the J2 women’s five-kilometre event handily.
Dahria Beatty, skiing the same course, was the top J3 woman, and finished 12th overall in the strong field.
Brittany Greer, making her comeback after a year off due to illness, finished a strong fifth in the senior women’s 10-kilometre event.
Emily Nishikawa had a good day as well; she was fourth in her J1 category in the 10-kilometre.
On the men’s side, Logan Potter and Jeff Wood notched up top-10 placings in their age group, skiing five kilometres.
The Besh Cup is Alaska’s premier race series and attracts almost 300 skiers. The races are used to select Alaska’s team for the US Junior Nationals.
For the Yukon skiers, the events provide a good early season test of their technique and fitness against some tough competition as they get ready for the upcoming 2007 Canada Winter Games.
Copper Haul Twister league
Oscar’s Electric Co. Ltd. Race Day (Sunday)
Thirty-eight teams competed in the second of six monthly races along the Copper Haul Road on Sunday. Perfect weather, bigger teams and a great trail made for much faster times.
Top finisher of the 19-kilometre Twister race, Lee Kirkpatrick, beat last month’s best time by almost four minutes.
Due to the unexpected popularity of the races, organizers are considering a cap on the number of teams for the next race on January 20th. First come, first serve — so arrive early. Check out www.copperhaultwister.blogspot.com for more info.
Here are the top finishers:
Kids Race, 5-kilometres
1st Rachel Kinvig, 9:34
2nd Ben Kinvig, 10:19
3rd Katherine MacKellar,
4th Nick Daniels, 12:12
5th Aileena Ruckenbach,
6th Pelly Vincent Brown, 14:53
One Pet-Dog Race, 5-kilometres
1st Heather Desmarais
2nd Eilidh Lucas,
scratch, Dave Desmarais
Copper Haul Twister,
1st Lee Kirkpatrick, 52:58
2nd Sean Dennis Britten,
3rd Jonathan Lucas, 57:05
4th Laura Taylor, 57:13
5th Fran MacKellar, 1:00:16
6th Sean Fitzgerald, 1:00:26
7th Kyla Boivin, 1:02:38
8th Susie Rogan, 1:03:42
9th Leonard McGlynn,
10th Dominic Ouleray,
Firth Rangers 5
Yukon Inn 3
Gord Campbell led the Rangers with two goals, while Brian Love, Paul Sahagian and Adam Green scored as well.
Scoring for the Inn were Wayne Crowe, with two goals, and Phil Bastien netted one.
Ken Vickerman and Gord Kuchler scored for the Turbos, and Tim Vincent netted the lone Kilrich.
Pizza Hut 6
Klondike Motors 6:
Riley Smoler scored the game-tying goal for Pizza Hut, which was also his hat trick goal, with only seconds remaining in the game. Trenton Dupont added a pair, and Damian Homis scored as well. Pizza Hut’s MVP was Logan Morris
Caleb Marsh and Spencer Lessard scored two goals each for Klondike, and Teigan Rook and Kaine Comin added singles.
Coed league (Thursday):
Assante Financial 7
Yukon Brewing 6
The gloves were off Thursday night in Whitehorse coed soccer as Assante Financial and Yukon Brewing Co. went head to head. Greg Morris and Andrew Morris hoofed in three goals apiece to tally six for Yukon Brewing.
Scoring for Assante was Marc Pronovost with two, Julie Talbot, and Luke Wadey with three, and James Minifie, with one, allowing Assante Financial to take the win.