Rapids skaters speed to hardware in Calgary

A speedskating meet in Calgary asked the Whitehorse Rapids Speed Skating Club a question and they answered "yes" with their performances.

A speedskating meet in Calgary asked the Whitehorse Rapids Speed Skating Club a question and they answered “yes” with their performances.

Yukon skaters won four medals at the RU Fast meet at Calgary’s Olympic Oval over the weekend.

The team of eight also notched 24 personal best times at the meet.

Marsh Lake’s Lucas Taggart-Cox was one two gold medals winners on the Rapids team, placing first in the competitive L2T Division 1.

Taggart-Cox won both the 400-metre (45.560) and 500-metre (58.219) with personal best times, and also placed third in the 1,500-metre and fourth in the 200-metre.

Brother Micah Taggart-Cox posted personal best times in all four distances to pocket silver in the T2T-13 category, which put him fourth overall among the T2T boys.

The 14-year-old placed second in the 1,500-metre, cutting 12 seconds off his time.

Whitehorse’s Tristan Muir had a similar weekend. The 13-year-old also PB’d in each race en route to silver in his T2T-12 category.

Whitehorse’s Andy Muir added a fourth medal with a gold in the masters division.

Twelve-year-old Caius Taggart-Cox decided to take on some older competition in Calgary. Caius raced up an age level and placed third in the 1,500-metre in T2T and placed second overall out of the three L2T competitors with three personal best times.

Haines Junctions Michael Ritchie, 15, placed fourth out of seven skaters in his T2T-15 category.

“It was a fun race, very competitive, and I felt back in a good head space after a crash in an earlier race,” said Ritchie in a news release.

The Rapids club was represented by two skaters racing their first meet out of the territory in the younger L2T division.

Whitehorse’s Anders Petersson registered all personal best times on his way to fourth in the L2T Division 4, likely slipping from a medal spot with a fall in the 400-metre.

Whitehorse’s Lisa Freeman also logged all PBs and finished two spots behind Petersson in sixth.

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

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