U12 Racers dominate weekend races

Joshua Jerstad topped the podium Jan. 20. SPIN Photo.

It was another successful weekend at home for the Sun Peaks Alpine Club (SPAC) who hosted the U14 TECK Zone Race on Jan. 19 and 20. The racers topped the podium all weekend in the U12 men’s division and managed to have top 10 finishes in each race in both the U12 and U14 divisions.

“It was really awesome,” said SPAC U14 head coach Sam Fournier. “The kids worked super hard and put down some great runs. There was some challenges, but they got it done in the end.”

Peyton Devlin had an extremely successful weekend, placing in the top five each race and taking first place in race two on Saturday, with a winning time of 58.32. Teammates Maddie Lafontaine and Arabella Bugden maintained top 10 finishes throughout the weekend and were joined by Gabi Dinn who cracked the top 10 with a time of 1:06.32 on Sunday to take seventh.

The U12 men were on fire this weekend taking first place each race. Douglas Hunter earned first place in race one on Saturday with a time of 50.40 and again topped the podium on Sunday with a time of 1:02.25. Teammate Mason Poitras beat Hunter for top spot in race two on Saturday with a time 56.27. His speed continued into Sunday and with a time of 52.49 Poitras stood at the top of the podium for the second time.

The U14 athletes battled hard all weekend to put down multiple top 10 finishes. Coach Fournier said she was proud to see both Jaelynn Todd and Chloe Hurst in the top 10 adding both athletes had excellent runs throughout the weekend.

Todd’s best finish was second place with a time of 1:00.35 in race one on Saturday. Hurst’s best finish was also race one with a time of 1:03.71 to finish seventh.

Joshua Jerstad stayed consistent throughout the weekend taking third place in race one on Saturday, third in race two and first place on Sunday.

“He did super well he’s been working really hard in training, so it reflected this weekend. He had a bit of a mishap on the first morning but seemed to get it in the rest of the weekend. He still did super well it was really awesome to see,” said Fournier.

In race two Cameron Currie was able to capture the silver medal with a time of 53.22. Teammate Fraser Jacoby was another consistent finisher all weekend taking third place Sunday with a time of 1:42.57.

Fournier noted Crispin Friskie as a standout performer this weekend with consistent runs his best finish was a seventh place with a time of 57.52.

“He’s been putting down some really solid runs he was top 10 in a number of races, so it was really good to see him growing this season.”

The U14 team will now focus on training in preparation for their next race late February.