XC skiers, Deulings fast at Vanier run

Spring is here, but Whitehorse cross-country skiers are still bagging wins. A number of members of the Yukon Ski Team produced top times at the 2013 Vanier Ridge Run, a Yukon Schools’ Athletic Association race that began and ended at Vanier Catholic Secondary.

Spring is here, but Whitehorse cross-country skiers are still bagging wins.

A number of members of the Yukon Ski Team produced top times at the 2013 Vanier Ridge Run, a Yukon Schools’ Athletic Association race that began and ended at Vanier Catholic Secondary on Friday.

The fastest male in the five-kilometre distance was F.H. Collins midget runner Caelan McLean with a time of 22:28.

McLean won two gold medals at the Western Canadian Cross-Country Ski Championships and claimed second in juvenile boys at the Haywood Ski Nationals.

“It was good,” said McLean, 15. “I like the up-hills, so it was fun. Down-hills aren’t nearly as fun running as they are cross-country skiing.”

Juvenile runner Marcus Deuling from F.H. Collins was the second fastest for males on the five-kilometre course with a time of 22:55. Junior Alec Smythe from Porter Creek Secondary was third fastest at 23:23.

 

RELATED:View the top three results from each category.

 

Marcus, another Yukon team skier, was one of three Deulings to win divisions at the Vanier race.

F.H. Collins’ Hannah Deuling posted a time of 26:38 in the midget division to be fastest female overall in the five-kilometre race.

“It was good. Some of the hills are pretty tough, but it was fun,” said Hannah.

The Grade 8 student also won her division at the Carmacks school run a couple weeks earlier.

Running is a big part of conditioning when there’s no snow on the ground, said Hannah.

“For cross-country skiing cross-training, we run,” said Hannah.

Bantam runner Reena Coyne from Whitehorse Elementary was second fastest at 27:06.

Vanier’s Heather Clarke, alone in the junior female division, was third fastest overall with a time of 27.11. Clarke is a speed skater who competes at the national level. She was the fastest female in the five-kilometre division in 2011.

Atom male Sam Mather of Ecole Emilie-Tremblay and peewee Derek Deuling – yes, another Deuling – of Whitehorse Elementary decided to share the top spot in the three-kilometre race. The two friends crossed the finish line together at 20:20.

“I thought it was really fun,” said Mather. “The start was kind of packed, but as soon as we got to the trail everyone split up. At first Derek wasn’t there, but two minutes into the race he was next to me and we never split up. It was really fun.”

Both are cross-country skiers in the same program with the Whitehorse club.

Sometimes they can get competitive with each other, but not on Friday.

“It depends on what race. It depends on how we’re feeling,” sad Derek. “Half way through we knew we’d just stick together and finish the race together.”

Peewee Wyatt Peterson of Jack Hulland was third overall with a time of 21:00 in the three-kilometre run. Peterson was fastest in the three-kilometre race last year.

Peewees snatched all the fastest times on the three-kilometre course for females.

Holy Family’s Sonjaa Schmidt, who was fastest in the atom division last year, was first overall at 23:17. Whitehorse Elementary’s Celeste Findlay was second at 26:31 and Jack Hulland’s Hannah Jacobs claimed third with a time of 26:32.

Over 200 runners from 10 Yukon schools competed on Friday, up from about 170 runners from nine schools last year.

The Vanier Ridge Run features three big climbs. Runners first tackle Peewee Hill followed by Heartbreak Hill. The five-kilometre runners then cross Chadburn Lake Road and climb Yukon Electric Hill.

“It’s a really hard race with steep up-hills,” said Mather.

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

Just Posted

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Are they coming?

One of COVID-19’s big economic questions is whether it will prompt a… Continue reading

Yukon MP Larry Bagnell, along with Yukon health and education delegates, announce a new medical research initiative via a Zoom conference on Jan. 21. (Screen shot)
New medical research unit at Yukon University launched

The SPOR SUPPORT Unit will implement patient-first research practices

Yukon First Nation Education Directorate members Bill Bennett, community engagement coordinator and Mobile Therapeutic Unit team lead, left, and Katherine Alexander, director of policy and analytics, speak to the News about the Mobile Therapeutic Unit that will provide education and health support to students in the communities. (yfned.ca)
Mobile Therapeutic Unit will bring education, health support to Indigenous rural students

The mobile unit will begin travelling to communities in the coming weeks

Premier Sandy Silver, left, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley, speak during a live stream in Whitehorse on January 20, about the new swish and gargle COVID-19 tests. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Swish and spit COVID-19 test now available in Yukon

Vaccination efforts continue in Whitehorse and smaller communities in the territory

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in Faro photgraphed in 2016. Faro will receive a new RCMP detachment in 2022, replacing the decades-old building currently accommodating officers. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Faro RCMP tagged for new detachment

Faro will receive a new RCMP detachment in 2022, replacing the decades-old… Continue reading

In a Jan. 18 announcement, the Yukon government said the shingles vaccine is now being publicly funded for Yukoners between age 65 and 70, while the HPV vaccine program has been expanded to all Yukoners up to and including age 26. (1213rf.com)
Changes made to shingles, HPV vaccine programs

Pharmacists in the Yukon can now provide the shingles vaccine and the… Continue reading

Parking attendant Const. Ouellet puts a parking ticket on the windshield of a vehicle in downtown Whitehorse on Dec. 6, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is hoping to write of nearly $300,000 in outstanding fees, bylaw fines and court fees, $20,225 of which is attributed to parking fines issued to non-Yukon license plates. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City of Whitehorse could write off nearly $300,000

The City of Whitehorse could write off $294,345 in outstanding fees, bylaw… Continue reading

Grants available to address gender-based violence

Organizations could receive up to $200,000

In this illustration, artist-journalist Charles Fripp reveals the human side of tragedy on the Stikine trail to the Klondike in 1898. A man chases his partner around the tent with an axe, while a third man follows, attempting to intervene. (The Daily Graphic/July 27, 1898)
History Hunter: Charles Fripp — gold rush artist

The Alaskan coastal town of Wrangell was ill-equipped for the tide of… Continue reading

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. While Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis is now setting his sights on the upcoming territorial election, other members of council are still pondering their election plans for the coming year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillors undecided on election plans

Municipal vote set for Oct. 21

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

A look at decicions made by Whitehorse city council this week.

A file photo of grizzly bear along the highway outside Dawson City. Yukon conservation officers euthanized a grizzly bear Jan. 15 that was originally sighted near Braeburn. (Alistair Maitland/Yukon News file)
Male grizzly euthanized near Braeburn

Yukon conservation officers have euthanized a grizzly bear that was originally sighted… Continue reading

Most Read