Four Revelstokians come out on top at home Okanagan Cup race

Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club plays host to the first Okanagan Cup race and BC Winter Games trials.

Elizabeth pursues a competitor during the Okanagan Cup race in Revelstoke on Sunday.

Elizabeth pursues a competitor during the Okanagan Cup race in Revelstoke on Sunday.

By Sarah Newton, Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club

The Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club hosted the first in the Okanagan Cup series of races on Sunday. The event also served as the BC Winter Games qualifier for skiers born in 1999 and 2000.

215 competitors took part in the classic-ski races in 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 5 or 10 kilometre courses.

The Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club had an excellent turnout with 49 skiers taking part. Highlights for the club were as follows:

1st

Simon Blackie (midget boys 1, 3.5 km)

Alana Brittin (midget girls 2, 3.5 km)

Brittany Evans (junior women, 10 km)

Gina Cinelli (junior girls, 10 km, Revelstokian skiing for Larch Hills Nordic)

2nd

Nelson Luxmoore (bantam boys 1, 2.5 km)

Bronte Viznaugh (junior women, 10 km)

3rd

Francesco Morrone (peewee boys 1, 1.5km)

Elizabeth Elliott (midget girl 2, 3.5 km)

Miika Park (midget girls 1, 3.5km)

Tayla Koerber (junior girls, 10 km)

Kellen Viznaugh (junior boys, 10 km, Revelstokian skiing for Larch Hills Nordic)

Other notable finishes

4th Elliot Wilson (peewee boys 2, 1.5 km)

4th Nyssa Thomas (peewee girls 1, 1.5 km)

5th Maeve MacLoed (peewee girls 1, 1.5 km)

5th Jaclyn Elliott (bantam girls 1, 2.5 km)

4th Beth Granstrom (midget girls 2, 3.5 km)

5th Kate Granstrom (midget girls 2, 3.5 km)

Revelstoke Nordic atom skiers (7 and under) skied fabulously, particularly considering many were skiing their first ever event. First places went to Cameron Norrie, Sophie Van Oort, Natalia Morrone, and Fiona Woodman. Skiing to second place were Lillian Vickers, Livia McMechan, and Isobel Wilson, and a strong third place was earned by Lia Morrow.

Canadian Para Nordic Sit Ski Champion, Emily Suchy raced with able-bodied skiers as junior girl and finished 4th in the 10 kilometre event.

Trail conditions, organization, and timing were all outstanding at the race today thanks to a crew of more 70 volunteers. The next event for the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team is the first BC Cup in Prince George, on Jan. 4-5.

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