Juvenile skier wins Sumanik trophy

The stars aligned just right for Whitehorse’s Caelan McLean in the Don Sumanik Memorial Cross Country Ski Race at the Whitehorse Nordic Centre on Saturday.

The stars aligned just right for Whitehorse’s Caelan McLean in the Don Sumanik Memorial Cross Country Ski Race at the Whitehorse Nordic Centre on Saturday.

After winning the juvenile male division in the Sumanik classic race on Dec. 29, McLean repeated the feat in the Sumanik free technique race.

With the fastest overall time from the two races, the 15-year-old was awarded the Don Sumanik Trophy for male skiers.

“It’s nice. I was a bit surprised to get the trophy,” said McLean. “Fabian (Brook) is older and faster. He raced in this race, but not the race before (on Dec. 29).”

Brook, who had the fastest time for males in Saturday’s 7.5-kilometre race, was sick for the first Sumanik race and did not compete. David Greer, who was fastest on Dec. 29, was absent from Saturday’s race.

Brook finished in 21 minutes and 44 seconds, while McLean had a time of 22:22.5. Juvenile boy Marcus Deuling had the third-fastest time of 22:23.6, ahead of Hudson Lucier (23:35.4), also in the juvenile division.

Open men’s winner Jonathan Kerr had the fifth-fastest time for males with 24:28.1.

Whitehorse’s Heidi Brook – Fabian’s sister – made it two in a row on Saturday. Heidi, who skis for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks, won the open women’s division with the fastest time on the 3.75-kilometre course.

The 20-year-old won the Don Sumanik Trophy for females, having won the Dec. 29 race as well.

“It was pretty exciting. It was pretty cool to be up there with Caelan, too,” said Brook. “We both grew up in the same town and skied at the same club.

“I think I had more fun at the classic race (on Dec. 29). I prefer the longer races. Today was pretty short and it was done really fast.”

Brook finished with a time of 12:09, outpacing the second fastest racer, Julie McVicar (13:17.8), also in the open women division. Third fastest on the course was junior girl Adrienne Hynes with a time of 13:18.3.

Brook placed 15th in the five-kilometre event at the NCAA West Regional Championship last season and eighth in the junior women 20-kilometre race 2011 Haywood Ski Nationals.

McLean won the juvenile boys division at the Yukon Cross-Country Ski Championships last March. He also represented the Yukon at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse, winning a bronze in the 7.5-kilometre classic for juvenile males.

David Greer and Fabian Brook are both members of the Yukon Elite Squad, which was formed last April and is currently in its first season of competing. So far the five-person Whitehorse-based team has had skiers reach a World Cup event and member Colin Abbott qualify for the U23 world championships next week in the Czech Republic.

“It’s been a great success so far,” said Brook. “I think a lot of us have met our goals, especially for Colin. He’s off to the world U23s.

“We’re all doing what we hoped.”

A total of 38 skiers raced on Saturday. The peewee and atom division races were postponed when temperatures fell below the minus-15 cutoff for those age groups.

The Don Sumanik races are named for the man who was instrumental in the creation of the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club’s chalet and bringing a FIS World Cup event to Whitehorse in March of 1981. He died in December of 1981, the year before the start of the Sumanik races.

“He had a dream we should have a chalet for the cross-country skiers,” said Sumanik’s widow, Elsie. “So he started writing letters for donations all over Canada – everywhere – including Whitehorse. The donations started coming in so they started building the ski chalet.

“The races got bigger and bigger and that’s where we are now.

“It was his dream to build it and it’s here.”

[image2]

Results

Open women (3.75 km)

1st Heidi Brook – 12:09.4

2nd Julie McVicar – 13:17.8

3rd Lois Johnston – 14:44.5

Open men (7.5 km)

1st Jonathan Kerr – 24:28.1

2nd David Kerr – 25:53.9

Junior female (3.75 km)

1st Holly Bull – 13:42.2

2nd Colae Swenson – 14:46.2

Junior male (7.5 km)

1st Fabian Brook – 21:44.0

Junior girls (3.75 km)

1st Adrienne Hynes – 13:18.3

2nd Nahanni Sagar – 13:37.7

Junior boys (7.5 km)

1st Trevor Bray – 24:25.8

2nd Andrew Seal – 29:07.1

Juvenile girls (3.75 km)

1st Cambria Fuerstner – 13:31.4

2nd Eliza Paul – 13:44.8

3rd Natalie Hynes – 13:50.3

4th Solstice Toews – 14:09.0

5th Nadia Moser – 14:37.5

6th Alexis Gee – 15:07.2

7th Maria Peters – 16:30.6

8th Heather Thomson – 17:10.7

Juvenile boys (7.5 km)

1st Caelan McLean – 22:22.5

2nd Marcus Deuling – 22:23.6

3rd Hudson Lucier – 23:35.4

4th Simon Cash – 24:27.9

5th Mac Prawdzik – 25:26.1

6th Tristan Sparks – 32:02.4

Midget girls (3.75 km)

1st Regan Fuerstner – 14:41.9

2nd Hannah Deuling – 14:58.1

3rd Hannah Shier – 15:00.7

4th Savannah Cash – 15:29.8

5th Hannah Jirousek – 15:36.9

6th Dagmar Janzen – 18:02.0

Midget boys (3.75 km)

1st Michael Kishchuk – 14:12.7

2nd Liam Adel – 14:43.3

3rd Pelly Vincent-Braun – 15:40.1

4th Jake Draper – 16:04.3

5th Daniel Sennett – 16:35.0

6th Francis Reid – 17:21.2

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Whitehorse and Carcross will be among seven northern communities to have unlimited internet options beginning Dec. 1. (Yukon News file)
Unlimited internet for some available Dec. 1

Whitehorse and Carcross will be among seven northern communities to have unlimited… Continue reading

Willow Brewster, a paramedic helping in the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre, holds a swab used for the COVID-19 test moments before conducting a test with it on Nov. 24. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
An inside look at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre

As the active COVID-19 case count grew last week, so too did… Continue reading

Conservation officers search for a black bear in the Riverdale area in Whitehorse on Sept. 17. The Department of Environment intends to purchase 20 semi-automatic AR-10 rifles, despite the inclusion of the weapons in a recently released ban introduced by the federal government, for peace officers, such as conservation officers. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Environment Minister defends purchase of AR-10 rifles for conservation officers

The federal list of banned firearms includes an exception for peace officers

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The K-shaped economic recovery and what Yukoners can do about it

It looks like COVID-19 will play the role of Grinch this holiday… Continue reading

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Colin McDowell, the director of land management for the Yukon government, pulls lottery tickets at random during a Whistle Bend property lottery in Whitehorse on Sept. 9, 2019. A large amount of lots are becoming available via lottery in Whistle Bend as the neighbourhood enters phase five of development. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Lottery for more than 250 new Whistle Bend lots planned for January 2021

Eight commercial lots are being tendered in additional to residential plots

The Government of Yukon Main Administration Building in Whitehorse on Aug. 21. The Canada Border Services Agency announced Nov. 26 that they have laid charges against six people, including one Government of Yukon employee, connected to immigration fraud that involved forged Yukon government documents. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Charges laid in immigration fraud scheme, warrant out for former Yukon government employee

Permanent residency applications were submitted with fake Yukon government documents

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Karen Wenkebach has been appointed as a judge for the Yukon Supreme Court. (Yukon News file)
New justice appointed

Karen Wenckebach has been appointed as a judge for the Supreme Court… Continue reading

Catherine Constable, the city’s manager of legislative services, speaks at a council and senior management (CASM) meeting about CASM policy in Whitehorse on June 13, 2019. Constable highlighted research showing many municipalities require a lengthy notice period before a delegate can be added to the agenda of a council meeting. Under the current Whitehorse procedures bylaw, residents wanting to register as delegates are asked to do so by 11 a.m. on the Friday ahead of the council meeting. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Changes continue to be contemplated for procedures bylaw

Registration deadline may be altered for delegates

Cody Pederson of the CA Storm walks around LJ’s Sabres player Clay Plume during the ‘A’ division final of the 2019 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament. The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28 in Whitehorse next year, was officially cancelled on Nov. 24 in a press release from organizers. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament cancelled

The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28… Continue reading

Lev Dolgachov/123rf
The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner stressed the need to safeguard personal information while shopping this holiday season in a press release on Nov. 24.
Information and Privacy Commissioner issues reminder about shopping

The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay stressed the need to… Continue reading

Most Read