Black Jack skiers deliver one-two punch at provincials

Rossland club takes top two spots in both junior categories at provincial cross-country ski championships in Kamloops

Black Jack cross-country skiers delivered a one-two winning combination at the B.C. Cross Country Ski Championships held at Stake Lake near Kamloops over the weekend.

Susanne Fraser and Jill Reynolds were one-two in the junior girls’ 7.5km freestyle. Fraser hit the finish line 13 seconds ahead of Reynolds with a time of 25 minutes and 35.4 seconds. And the duo left the rest of the pack in their trail with the third-place finisher another 80 seconds in arrears.

Sierra Gibson got off to a tough start and was forced to withdraw after the first lap.

The Locke brothers also had a lockdown on the top two spots in the junior boys’ 10km freestyle. Julien Locke took the B.C. title completing the race in 27:16.7. Peter Locke finished second 75 seconds later.

Shawn deGroot gave Black Jack three racers in the top-five when he finished fifth in a time of 29:41.1.

A pair of other Black Jack skiers were in competition as Megan Heximer and Robyn Locke placed 16th and 18th respectively in the juvenile girls’ 5km freestyle.

Sunday featured classic relay races. Results were unavailable at press time.

The competitive scene shifts to the Black Jack Ski Club on Saturday for the third race in the Kootenay Cup series.

Then on Sunday a less competitive atmosphere emerges with the 27th annual Black Jack Loppett. The fun event features a variety of age groups and distances for recreational and competitive skiers.

Skiing on both days begins at 10 a.m. with bib pick up beginning at 9 a.m.