Cole O’Conner of the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club shows great form at the start of a Teck Okanagan Cup race.

Cole O’Conner of the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club shows great form at the start of a Teck Okanagan Cup race.

Young nordic skiers produce medals

Sovereign Lake skiers went hard for medals in the Teck Okanagan Cup and Loppet at the Telemark Nordic Centre in West Kelowna

Morning Star Staff

Sovereign Lake skiers went hard for medals in the Teck Okanagan Cup and Loppet at the  Telemark Nordic Centre in West Kelowna last weekend.

On Saturday, local skiers showed good form and focus on the rolling course of 1.5-km for the youngest skiers, and up to 12-km for junior boys and men. It paid off, with smiles of satisfaction at the finish line, and many Sovereign skiers collecting medals and ribbons during the award ceremony.

In the Pee Wee category Evan Rosen and Sierra Munroe recorded a one-two finish, while Dawson Bond and Cole O’Conner grabbed second and third. Mitchell Bond finished first in Bantam boys, with teammates Nate Hardy taking sixth and Kaden O’Conner a solid 10th.

Parker Munroe, Kay Freeman, and Sam Rosen were fifth through seventh in Bantam boys 2, while and Torin Andrews and Lucas Sadesky took third and fifth in Midget Boys.

In a tough field Clara Hardy, finished strong in fifth in Juvenile girls 1, with Madison Land and Danica Ariano in seventh and eigthth.

Paige Latta earned top spot in Juvenile girls 2, while Emma Smedley and Samantha Loewen were second and fourth in Junior Girls 1, and Hannah Mehain and Michelle Metza captured first and third in Junior girls 2.

Another one-two finish came for Carson Basset and Aidan Andrews in Junior boys 1, while Eric Embleton was third in Junior boys 2.

Sunday’s 30-km loppet saw Master skier Sarah Purslow switching from her role of coach to athlete and winning her age category. Gerry Furseth placed fourth in his group, while Matt Hewitt took fifth and Chris Andrews eighth.

In the relay event, combining skate and classic, Master Michelle Andrews and Junior Samantha Loewen teamed up for a silver and father and son teams of Finn and Olaf Plummer and Eric and Trevor Embleton duked it out for third and fourth.

A shorter distance for the younger racers saw Bond and Torin Andrews repeat Saturday’s showing with a first and a third in their age categories.