Speed skaters off to fast start

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

  • Sat Mar 19th, 2011 7:00am
  • Sports

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.