Larch Hills Nordic Skiers make top times in first round of Teck BC Cup

Salmon Arm skiers place well in races at Nickel Plate Nordic Club

Larch Hills skiers topped the rankings in several categories during the first Teck BC Cup race of the season over the weekend of Jan. 5-6 at Nickel Plate Nordic near Penticton.

The race was initially scheduled to be a smaller Okanagan Cup event, but the weekend was combined with the BC Cup after that race was postponed the previous weekend due to a lack of snow in Prince George.

The weekend consisted of two different skiing techniques and formats: an interval start free technique event on Saturday, followed by a mass start classic race on Sunday.

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The snow conditions were great for waxing at a couple of degrees below zero. Saturday had strong winds in the stadium, which challenged skiers as they raced into the wind. The course was modified slightly in the stadium due to flooding.

The first day’s freestyle distances ranged from 1.5 kilometres to 10km depending on the skier’s age, and up to 15km on the second day in the classic event.

The Larch Hills Junior race team sent 60 skiers to the event and had plenty of top-three finishes. Saturday saw top finishes from: Kai Cadden and Zion Bucher (first and second, Atom Boys 2), Tye Major (first, Atom Boys 3), Gideon Breugem (first, Pee Wee Boys), Ian Orchard and Kai Hansen (first and second, Pee Wee Boys 2), Reese Major (first, Pee Wee Girls 2), Colby Cadden (first, Bantam Boys 2), Madeleine Wilkie (second, Bantam Girls 2), Samantha Peterson (third, Midget Girls 1), Hilary Vukadinovic (third, Midget Girls 2), Samantha Vukadinovic (third, Juvenile Girls 1), Sophia Van Varseveld (third, Juvenile Girls 2), Maggie Beckner (first, Junior Girls 1), Natalie Wilkie (first, Junior Girls 2), Sheila Corbett (first, Masters Women 40-49), Laura Hepburn (first, Masters Women 50-59), Ben Van Bergeyk (first, Junior Boys 2), Aiden Hepburn (third, Junior Men 1), and Tom Hansen (first, Masters Men 50-59).

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Top three finishers on Sunday included: Kai Cadden (first, Atom Boys 2), Tye Major (first, Atom Boys 3), Gideon Breugem (first, Pee Wee Boys 1), Ian Orchard and Kai Hansen (first and second in Pee Wee Boys 2), Reese Major and Keira Cadden (first and third in Pee Wee Girls 2), Dawson Bond and Max Calkins (second and third in Bantam Boys 2), Frankie Ayotte (third, Midget Boys 2), Hilary Vukadinovic and Tessa Elliott (first and third in Midget Girls 2), Julianne Moore and Samantha Vukadinovic (second and third in Juvenile Girls 1), Lys Milne (first, Juvenile Girls 2), Ben Van Bergeyk (first, Junior Boys 2), Sheila Corbett and Megan Brooke (first and third Masters Women 40-49), Maggie Beckner (second, Junior Girls 1), and Kate Milne (third, Junior Girls 2).

Larch Hills will host the final BC Cup championship races March 1-3.

Submitted by Brad Calkins

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Tessa Elliott approaches the stadium for a third place finish in the Midget Girls 2 2 x 1.5km Classic race on Sunday. (Brad Calkins photo)

Larch Hills Nordic ski team member Ian Calkins heads out onto the course in the Pee Wee boys division at the Teck BC Cup race Saturday at the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre near Penticton. Mark Brett/Black Press

Dawson Bond of the Larch Hills Nordic team waits for the start of the Bantam boys event of the Teck BC Cup event at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre near Penticton on the weekend. Mark Brett/Black Press

Kai Cadden of the Larch Hills Nordic team finished first in the Atom Boys division on both days of the 2019 Teck BC Cup at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre near Penticton on the weekend. Mark Brett/Black Press

Lucas Hansen pushes off with his poles for some extra speed during the first round of BC Cup races at the Nickle Plate Nordic Club in Penticton. (Jana Elliott Photo)

Hilary Vukadinovic races during the first BC Cup event of the season, held at the Nickle Plate Nordic Club in Penticton, Jan. 5-6. (Jana Elliott photo)

Samantha Vukadinovic competes in the first round of BC Cup races at the Nickel Plate Nordic Club in Penticton. (Jana Elliott photo)

Maggie Beckner puts some force into a push with her ski poles to gain some momentum during the first round of 2019 BC Cup ski races at the Nickel Plate Nordic Club in Penticton. (Jana Elliott photo)

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