Nordic racers compete at Forest Lea
LAURENTIAN VALLEY – The top male high school skiers from across eastern Ontario competed at the Forest Lea ski trails last week.
Teams from Jeanne-Lajoie, Mackenzie Community School, Valour High School and Renfrew Collegiate Institute (RCI) all advanced to provincial finals after a day of competition in the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) Nordic Ski Championships hosted by Jeanne Lajoie on Feb. 14.
Coming off a strong performance in the junior boys 6.5-kilometre race was L'Equinoxe's Guillaume Pelchat who reached the finish line with a time of 14 minutes, 55 seconds. He also took first place in the open class. Capturing second place was Mackenzie's Raphael Guerout who posted a time of 16:39 and also grabbed second in the open class. RCI's Leif Buxton took third place with a time of 18:23.
RCI qualified as a team for the provincials collecting 37 points. Qualifying as individual competitors for the provincials were Pelchat and Guerout, in the open class, Scott Bentley, from Notre Dame Catholic High School, Liam Sonoski, from Fellowes High School, Valour's William Houston, Jeanne-Lajoie's Benjamin Beaulieu, Clyde Rafuse, from Almonte District High School, Jeanne-Lajoie's Rudy Saal and Fellowes' Christopher Morrisey.
L'Equinoxe's Thomas Pelchat crossed the finish line in first place in the senior boys 8.5-kilometre run and the open class with a time of 23:51. Valour's Johnathan Frampton took second place with a time of 25:33. Rounding out the top three were Mackenzie's Max Guerout finishing in third place with a time of 25:47.
Mackenzie's squad qualified for provincials with 34 points. Other teams that qualified were Valour (39 points), Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute (45 points) and Mackenzie's second squad (80 points). Individuals qualifying were Pelchat, in the open, Frampton, Valour's Ben Lee, Kingston's Nathan Pilkey, Almonte's Aidan Dumont, Notre Dame's Ensby Brule, Jeanne-Lajoie's Mathias Beaulieu and Jonathan Stoppa, from Madawaska Valley District High School.
The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Nordic Ski Championships will be held at Laurentian University in Sudbury on Feb 22.