Haywood Ski Nationals – Palmer tops juniors

Black Jack nordic skier David Palmer is proving he is one of the top junior skiers in the nation at the Haywood Ski Nationals

Black Jack nordic skier David Palmer is proving he is one of the top junior skiers in the nation at the Haywood Ski Nationals at the Callaghan Valley training centre in Whistler Olympic Park this week.

Palmer finished 16th in the open mens and first overall among juniors in the 15-kilometre race on Tuesday in 44:24.4, and he was the fastest junior in Canada, placing 26th overall out of 151 racers in the open male category 10-km free technique on Sunday and was the fastest male from B.C.

Black Jack’s Geoffrey Richards finished eighth in the U23 mens 15-kilometre race, while Julien Locke came seventh in the junior mens, and Rebecca Reid eighth among U23 women in the five-km. Free technique, while Eric Byram finished 13th  in the 7.5 K Classic among junior boys and Daniel Merlo placed 20th in the 7.5 K Classic in juvenile boys.

The nationals continue through the weekend with long sprints going today, and culminating in the mass start 50-km and 30-km free technique race going Sunday.