Members of the Strathcona Nordics, from atoms to masters, posted many top 10 finishes at the Teck BC Cross Country Championships in West Kelowna.
Twenty five racers competed in the three-day event, one of the last races before the Canadian Ski Nationals, drawing from a wide field of over 600 racers.
“A Championship event always brings out the best in people, and this weekend was no exception,” said head coach Andrea Stapff. “I’m so proud of the effort our athletes put in. A few of our younger up and coming athletes joined us on this trip and demonstrated that they can definitely ski up with the big kids. Our core group of juvenile and junior racers were solid throughout, putting out season best efforts; it was wonderful to see them rise to the occasion.”
In the freestyle mass start event, Ben Galik won bronze, Gillian Galik silver and Gavin Chatterton silver, as per age division. In the classic interval start race, Ben was third, Gillian second and Aiden Noble third.
Aiden added a silver in the club relay event, along with junior boys teammates Stephen Lamon and Gabe Gledhill.
Other top 10 finishers were Emma Wong, Amelia Wells, Hugo Henckel and Rory Bratrud.
In the aggregate awards, based on individual performances throughout the season in BC Cup races, Gabe placed second in junior boys; Gillian was first in peewee girls, and Gavin finished third in bantam boys.
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