Telemark cross country ski racers post solid results in Kamloops

Eight medals won by the club and many top 10s at big event in Kamloops

Telemark cross country ski racer Gregor Graham won a silver medal and had a fourth place finish among the solid results from the Telemark racers last weekend in Kamloops.

The Telemark cross country racing team had an excellent weekend in Kamloops at the Teck B.C. Cup #2, placing eight athletes on the podium.

Garrett Siever led the way with a double-gold medal performance, winning both the classic and skate races for 2004 boys. He out-distanced second place finisher Kaden Kwiatkowski of the host Overlander Ski Club by over 21 seconds in the interval classic race but had a tighter margin in the mass start classic race.

Jasmine Filatow (2006 girls), and Ben Shipley (2000 boys), each took a silver on the first day of the competition, placing second in their respective classic races before going one better and earning gold medals in their Sunday skate races.  Filatow edged Larch Hills racer Makayla Cadden by three seconds in the classic race for her victory.

Madelaine Ertel (1998 girls), and Justin Siever  (2005 boys), each took two bronze medals in their races. Gregor Graham (2003 boys), took silver in his 2.5km classic race and fourth in his skate race. Eliza-Jane Kitchen (1997 women), took a gold and silver in her 7km races. David Walker (1997 men), raced to a gold medal in his 15km skate race.

In other results, Mori Mayer just missed the podium both days taking fourth spot in each of her races while Michelle Kraetzer had another great weekend with two fifth place finishes for 2001 girls racing 5km. Connor Hobbs took fifth and sixth for his 3.5km 2002 boys race while Nikhil Filatow finished fourth and sixth in 2004 boys. Jonah Hawes had a fourth place finish in the skate race and an eighth in the classic. Andrea Kraetzer took fourth in the skate race and eighth for her classic. Ian Mayer took two south place finishes while Mason Hawes was eighth both days and Kael Murphy had ninth and 11th place showings for 2003 boys.

For 2005 girls Tamasin Graham took sixth and Kendra Shaw was eighth place both days.  Ian Williams took fifth  in the 2000 boys classic and ninth in skate while Matt Shipley raced to seventh place finishes each day.

The Telemark Racers have two very important races coming up: the Haywood Western Championships February 18 to 21 in Prince George and the culmination of the season with the Teck BC Cup Championships in Whistler March 4 to 6.  For more info check out the website.