Strong start to the season for SPAC

Benjamin Jacoby pictured centre took first place in giant slalom and earned top 10 finishes throughout the weekend. SPIN Photo.

“It’s the first competition of the season, we’ve been working really hard in training and they brought it today,” said Sun Peaks Alpine Club U16 coach Bill Rublee.

The Sun Peaks Racers hosted the first TECK Open Series competition of the season Jan. 10 to 13 welcoming 15 clubs to Sun Peaks. Day one of competition the athletes competed in giant slalom with SPAC topping the podium in both women’s and men’s categories.

Noa Hooton captured first place Jan. 10 with a time of 2:00.91 she was followed by teammate Brynn Applegath who took third place with 2:01.86. In the men’s category, Benjamin Jacoby took first place with a time of 1:59.07, teammates Rio Shatzko and Malcolm Smith both made top 15 coming in eighth and 12th respectively.

Day two it was Applegath who topped the podium in the women’s at 2:00:62 with Hooton following closely behind in fifth-place. In men’s, two racers cracked the top 15 for the final day of giant slalom competition. Smith finished 14th with 2:04:21 while Shatzko finished fifth at 2:01:82.

Heading into the weekend Rublee was coaching his athletes to focus on good skiing and doing what they do the best and to let the results take care of themselves.

Shifting into the slalom portion of the weekend the athletes continued to earn top 15 finishes, Hooton was just off first place with a time of 1:45:79 to take second place. Talyn Lorimer earned her first top 10 finish of the competition with 1:48.59. Hooton was on the cusp of a top 10 finish with a time of 1:48:94 for 12th.  In the men’s category, Shatzko finished fourth with 1:37:01 followed by Jacoby in ninth and Niko Linder placing 15th with 1:40:47.

On the final day of competition, it was Applegath and Lorimer who would finish in the top 15, Lorimer placing 13th and Applegath in fifth at 1:46:98.

“It was an awesome weekend for all of our athletes, they all did very well, they skied well I was really pleased with the way the whole weekend went,” said Rublee. “ I think the team really enjoyed it and (had) some great performances.

The U16 athletes will take a break from training at Sun Peaks Resort and will travel to Apex Mountain Resort for slalom, giant slalom and speed training before heading to Kimberley, B.C. Feb. 7 to 10.