FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Elks skating club capped off the season with excellent results in Calgary and Richmond.
After a successful BC Open Long Track competition at the Pomeroy Sports Centre on March 5th and 6th, the Elks had seven members who travelled to Calgary to compete in the Canada Cup 3 on March 12th and 13th.
It was the first time skating at the Olympic Oval in Calgary for three athletes, Cheyenne Key, Mason Floriant and Austin MacGregor. It was also the final competition of the season for the four other Elks, who each set new personal times in their distance.
The women skaters Cheyenne Key and Hannah North also skated personal best times, while Sidney Bennie achieved three seasonal best times and 2nd place in the women’s mass start.
The men skated personal best times in every distance they took part in.
Mason Floriant, Austin MacGregor and Matthew Mitchell each took more than 1.5 seconds off their personal best 500m time; and more than four seconds off their 1000m and 1500m times.
MacGregor placed 14th in the men’s mass start, while Michell lowered his 5000m time by almost 20 seconds from a week ago.
During the same weekend, the skating club had three Elks skaters, Tara Ashrafi, Sarah Hanson and Connor Mason-Bennett, travel to Richmond, B.C., to skate in the B.C. Short Track Championships.
All three skaters achieved multiple personal best times, and they also qualified for the CanWest Short Track Championships in Selkirk, Manitoba, at the end of March.