Combining for 10 provincial medals at the U14 provincial alpine ski championships, Kelowna’s Isaac Athans and Hallie Jenkins also earned berths on the B.C. team at next week’s prestigious Whistler Cup.
Athans, a member of the Apex Ski Club in Penticton, raced to two gold medals and three bronze for a second-place overall finish at the B.C. championships on Red Mountain in Rossland. Jenkins of the Big White Ski Club captured a gold and four silver medals. She also claimed second place overall in the provincial competition.
Racing against 90 of the top competitors in his age group, Athans finished first in the second of two slalom races on Friday, while adding gold in a single giant slalom race on Saturday. His bronze-medal performances came in a single slalom event, a single GS and a two-run giant slalom.
Jenkins captured gold in Sunday’s single-run slalom, finishing more than a second ahead of her nearest rival in the field of 89 racers. She added silver medals in both single-run giant slalom races and the two-run GS, as well as a second single-slalom race.
Athans and Jenkins are among three boys and three girls named to the B.C. team at the Whistler Cup being held April 1-3. Noa Rogers of the Apex Ski Club is also on the provincial team.
The Whistler Cup has grown to become the largest ski race of its kind in North America for athletes 11 to 14 years old. About 400 young athletes from 21 countries participated in three days of racing last year.
Meanwhile, Jaxon Slaney of the Big White Racers recorded four top-10 finishes at the U14 provincials at Red Mountain, placing fifth, sixth and seventh in giant slalom events and posting a fourth-place finish in the GS. She finished eighth in the overall provincial standings.
Amy Jorgenson placed 12th and 15th among the 89 competitors in the slalom.
A silver-medal performance in Saturday’s two-run giant slalom event highlighted the weekend efforts of Big White’s Luke McMillan, who also finished sixth in the a single-run GS and 11th in Friday’s single slalom event. Those results placed him ninth overall in the large provincial field.
William Little of the BWR raced to 13th and 15th place among 89 in the giant slalom, while Adam Fricska finished 15th in Saturday’s single-run GS.
Ana Large of Kelowna — skiing with the Apex Ski Club — finished as the top 2003 female (eighth overall) in the two-run giant slalom on Saturday, while she finished ninth overall and first in her age group in a single GS on Friday. Despite a near crash in her opening GS race on Friday, Large finished in 14th place, while she placed 16th among 89 racers in Sunday’s single run slalom.
Kelowna’s Devin Blaser, also skiing out of Apex, posted a seventh place overall in the U14 boys provincial standings. His best finish — a silver medal — came in Saturday’s opening single-run giant slalom. He also claimed a sixth place in the second GS on Saturday, while placing seventh in the two-run GS.
At Sun Peaks in Kamloops on the weekend, 25 Big White Ski Club members were among 495 racers taking part in the Hub International Nancy Greene Festival. Events included glalom, kombi, speed, moguls and long jump events.
Big White results:
U12 – 1st – Simon Yanow; U9 – 1st – Chloe Yanow, 2nd – Sloan Betker; U7 – 3rd – Peyton Betker; U5 – 2nd – Quinn Betker.
Kombi: U7 – 2nd – Peyton Betker, 3rd – Layla Styles; U5 – 3rd – Quinn Betker.
Glalom: U9 Female – Chloe Yanow 11th, Eliza Bell – 13th, Sloan Betker – 17th; U8 Male – Jacob Godwin -13th, Finn Styles – 19th; U7 Female – Peyton Betker – 1st, Layla Styles – 4th, Rae Roworth – 9th, Myla Wallace – 15th, Kadence Witzel – 18th; U7 Male – Oliver Yanow – 9th; U6 Male- Cameron Roworth – 12th; U5 Male – Quinn Betker – 3rd.