XC skiers dominate at Vanier Ridge Run

Ski season is long gone, but Whitehorse cross-country skiers are still flying through the trails. Members of the Yukon Ski Team led the way at the Vanier Ridge Run.

Ski season is long gone, but Whitehorse cross-country skiers are still flying through the trails.

Members of the Yukon Ski Team led the way at the Vanier Ridge Run, hosted by Vanier Catholic Secondary School, on Friday.

F.H. Collins Secondary’s Derek Deuling, 14, was fastest on the five-kilometre course, which includes the grueling Yukon Electric Hill, at the annual school run.

“It went pretty well. It’s really hard, the hills are pretty big, but it was nice weather with a breeze to keep the heat off,” said Deuling.

“I like (the course) a lot because it’s not just flat and the scenery is pretty awesome.”

Deuling, who is only in Grade 8, finished in 22 minutes and 38 seconds. He placed third in the same division last year with a time of 24:10 and won the peewee division in 2013. He also won gold and silver medals in cross-country skiing at the Arctic Winter Games this past March in Greenland.

F.H. Collins schoolmate and Yukon Ski Team teammate Hannah Shier was the fastest female on the five-kilometre course, finishing in 26:46.

Kate Mason, who also skied for Yukon in Greenland, was fastest female on the three-kilometre course. The Whitehorse Elementary School student crossed the finish line in 23:05. She was also the fastest on the course last year as well.

Takhini Elementary’s Isaac O’Brien, who isn’t on the Yukon Ski Team, was the fastest male on the three-kilometre course at 20:26. He was second fastest on the course last year.

A total of 244 students from nine schools – Jack Hulland (JHS), Takhini (TAK), Selkirk (SEL), Holy Family Elementary (HFE), Elijah Smith (ESES), Whitehorse Elementary (WES) Yukon Montessori (MONT), Vanier (VAN), and F.H. Collins (FHC) – competed in this year’s run.

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Females 8-9 (3 km)

1st Emery Twardochleb (JHS) – 25:58

2nd Lauren Faulkner (JHS) – 32:44

3rd Victoria Watson (JHS) – 37:54

Males 8-9 (3 km)

1st Kayden Smith (ESES) – 23:46

2nd Evan Howells (HFE) – 27:11

3rd Carter France (TAK) – 28:33

Females 10-11 (3 km)

1st Kate Mason (WES) – 23:05

2nd Asha Neumann Dar (WES) – 24:15

3rd Eleanor Low (JHS) – 26:32

Males 10-11 (3 km)

1st Isaac O’Brien (TAK) – 20:26

2nd Daniel Phillips Freedman (MONT) – 21:12

3rd Ethan Candow (JHS) – 21:54

Females 12-13 (5 km)

1st Sonjaa Schmidt (VAN) – 28:06

2nd Zata Gallan (ESES) – 28:29

3rd Breda McIntyre (VAN) – 30:45

Males 12-13 (5 km)

1st Derek Deuling (FHC) – 22:38

2nd Victor Thibault (FHC) – 23:24

3rd Sasha Masson (FHC) – 26:26

Females 14-15 (5 km)

1st Sydney Cairns (VAN) – 34:33

Males 14-15 (5 km)

1st Jamie Freedman (FHC) – 24:46

Females 16-17 (5 km)

1st Hannah Shier (FHC) – 26:46

2nd Reena Coyne (FHC) – 29:40

3rd Hannah Bjork-Andison (VAN) – 39:55

Males 16-17 (5 km)

1st Darby McIntyre (VAN) – 22:54

2nd Gary Schultz (FHC) – 26:54

3rd Ted Schultz (FHC) – 28:01

Adult (5 km)

1st Leslie Doran (SEL) – 29:15

2nd Hillary Seymour (SEL) – 30:11

3rd Megan Beauchesne (n/a) – 36:15

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