Cross Country Club returns from Kamloops

All four Smithers competitors tally at least one top-two finish.

Five members of the BV Nordics cross country ski team travelled to Kamloops for the second BC Cup race of the season on Jan. 25-26.

There were more than 300 competitors from 18 different clubs represented at the provincial race. Ages ranged from 14 years old (Junior Boys and Junior Girls) to 40 skiers in a single category (Midget Girls).

Those cloudy conditions that grounded flights in Smithers last week tried to throw a wrench into our team’s plans.

Fortunately our head coach Chris Werrell – who planned to fly to the competition, but was unable to get off the ground – had sent waxes and equipment with parents and assistant coach Alex Woods.

Gabriel Price, who had also planned to fly had to make a special trip to Terrace to get a flight to Kamloops.

But it all worked out in the end.

Rachel Cuell, racing in the Midget Girl category had a personal best race in her 3.75 km skate race as did Alex Woods in the Masters Men category 15 km skate race.

All four competitors managed at least one top-two finish over the weekend.

Next week is the annual Chris Dahlie Open at the BV Nordic Centre, Feb. 9.

Cross country skiers from all over the northwest will attend.

Kate Woods: 1st Junior Girls individual start skate, 2nd mass start classic race,

Gabriel Price: 1st Junior Boys individual start skate, 2nd mass start classic race.

Hamish Woods: 2nd Juvenile Boys 2 individual start skate, 5th mass start classic race.

Travis Pete: 2nd Juvenile Boys 1 individual start skate race and 2nd mass start classic race.

Travis Pete in classic technique race, Silver for Juvenile Boys 1 at BC Cup #2.