Local speed skater tops in B.C. at junior tourney

McLennan set a personal best in the 500-metre event

William McLennan of the Ridge Meadows Racers speed skating club is the fastest junior men’s speedskater in the province after posting the top time at the B.C. Cup tournament held last weekend in Prince George.

McLennan set a personal best in the 500-metre event with a time of 44.75 seconds, beating his next closest competitor by almost a full second.

McLennan also took second place in the 1,500-metre and 1,000-metre finals at the first provincial competition of the year.

Fellow juniors Ian Cross and Steven Timotius also put in strong performances, with Cross finishing third in the 1,000-metre final and Timotius grabbing first in the B final.

Justin Cross skated to two personal bests in the 400-metre and took second in the A final. Annie Russell took a second off her personal best in the 400-metre to take second in her final and rank third overall in the province in Training to Train (T2T) girls’ division.