Tak­ing aim

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL MACEACHERN dmaceach­ern@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Some lo­cal cadets have earned a berth in the pro­vin­cial biathlon com­pe­ti­tion com­ing up in the New Year on the west coast.

Straight shoot­ing and rapid run­ning have earned some lo­cal army cadets a berth in the pro­vin­cial biathlon com­pe­ti­tion in Cor­ner Brook in Jan­uary.

On Nov. 15, mem­bers of Bay Roberts’ 2372 Royal Cana­dian Army Cadets Corp’s biathlon team com­peted at the zone cham­pi­onship com­pe­ti­tion at Gushue’s Pond Park.

The course con­sisted of three kilo­me­tres of run­ning, and 10 shots at 10 tar­gets. Cadets run one kilo­me­tre, shoot at five tar­gets, run an­other kilo­me­tre, shoot at five more tar­gets, and run a fi­nal kilo­me­tre, with penal­ties as­sessed for missed tar­gets.

The girls’ team fin­ished first, with a com­bined team time of 1 hour, 3 min­utes and 12 min­utes. The top fin­ish means they will au­to­mat­i­cally com­pete in the pro­vin­cial biathlon com­pe­ti­tion in Cor­ner Brook, Jan. 29-31.

A win at provin­cials would mean the team would then move on to rep­re­sent New­found­land and Labrador at the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Val­cartier, Que.

In­di­vid­ual mem­bers of the girls’ team also did well: April Squires fin­ished with a time of 22 min­utes and 37 sec­onds, the sec­ond-best in­di­vid­ual time in the ju­nior girls cat­e­gory; Kelsey Bar­rett rounded the course in 20 min­utes and 19 sec­onds, fin­ish­ing fourth in­di­vid­u­ally in the se­nior girls’ cat­e­gory; and Emily Hur­ley fin­ished in 20 min­utes and 16 sec­onds, sec­ond over­all in the youth girls cat­e­gory.

While the boys’ team fin­ished fourth, they could still pos­si­bly com­pete in the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship as a wild-card team. The boys’ team also fea­tured strong in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances from Jor­dan Squires, who fin­ished the course in 19 min­utes and 6 sec­onds, third over­all in ju­nior boys, and Daniel Tay­lor, whose 22 min­utes and eight sec­onds placed him fourth over­all in ju­nior boys. Stephen Brad­bury com­peted in the youth boys’ cat­e­gory, fin­ish­ing in 24 min­utes and 35 sec­onds.

Photo cour­tesy of Wendy Bar­rett

2372 RCACC cadets, from left, Emily Hur­ley, Kelsey Bar­rett and April Squires pose with their gold medals (and the Olympic torch!) at the com­pe­ti­tion Nov. 15.

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