The Larch Hills Junior Race Team was in action again this weekend at the Haywood Westerns, being hosted by the Callaghan Valley Cross Country club at Whistler. It was a three day event with Friday being the Buff Sprint Heat Race, Saturday the Classic Interval Start Race and Sunday was Relays. Skiers came from all over Canada, mainly the Western provinces, but there was even international competition from Australia.
Larch Hills’ skiers did very well considering the depth of competition with several skiers placing in the top ten of their age category. The Midget Girls dominated their category once again. On Friday’s sprint race the top four midget girls were all from Larch Hills. First was Claire Van Bergeyk, followed by Zara Bucher, Julianne Moore and Sophia Van Varseveld. Trond May topped the Midget Boys event, placing first.
On Saturday there were many great results, but once again the Midget Girls took the top four places this time with Julianne Moore leading, followed by Sophia Van Varseveld, Samantha Vukadinovicand Claire Van Bergeyk in fourth. Trond May once again won the Midget Boys classic race as did Dawson Bond in the Pee Boys category and his dad Glenn Bond in the Master Men 7.5 Classic race.
The Relays represented the best of BC as the provinces faced off against each other. Trond May was a part of the Midget Boys BC team that went gold and Larch Hills skiers were on the three top teams in the Midget Girls category. Rachel May was on the BC Junior Girls team that took home Silver and Rachel Bates was on the Juvenille Girls BC Team that went Bronze.
The highlight might have been the Masters Women’s team made up of the Larch Hills Junior Race Team Head Coach Abbi May and two dedicated moms Alison Howatt and Lisa Wherry who took home the Bronze Medal for their efforts in Sunday’s relay.