Speed skaters off to fast start

Several locals do well with Kelowna meet coming up later this month

Local speed skaters are putting up some solid early season results this week.

Jesse Keca rounded out Day one of four with a gold medal in the 1,500 metre race  in the Under 16 year age category at the Canadian Short Track Championship currently being held in Montreal.

Keca is coming off a silver medal win in the Canada Winter Games 3,000 metre relay.  Her Team BC relay team has also qualified for Sunday’s final.  Jordan Rosborough finished a respectable 4th over-all in the 1,500m. He was up against a tough field involving four Quebec skaters and one AB skater.

Switching to long track, Dan Medland-Marchen, Cameron Bennett and Kerry Bennett competed in the Oval Finale All-round Championship this past Tuesday and Wednesday. Medland-Marchen broke personal best times in the 1,500m and 5,000m while Cameron Bennett broke his personal best time during a gutsy skate in the 5,000m.  Kerry Bennett, a relative newcomer to the long track racing broke a personal best in the 1,500m.

Meanwhile, Keara Maguire and Nick Goplen took part in Day 1 of the Canada Cup in Calgary.  Maguire posted a 7th place finish in the 3,000m with a personal best time while Goplen posted a 500m time mere tenths off his personal best. This is Goplen’s return to action in almost a year after recovering from surgery. Both skaters have more races ahead this weekend.

Local action in short track speed skating will occur Mar 26-27 in Kelowna as the “Best in the West” 11-15 year olds compete in the Canada West Short Track Championship. Action begins Saturday and Sunday from 9-4 at the Capital News Centre.

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