Sports Briefs: Kamloops woman makes World Cup team

Kamloops Daily News
September 17, 2012 01:00 AM

SOME OF the Kamloops Blazers put their best feet forward during Sunday's Terry Fox Run at Riverside Park. Tyler Bell (left), Brady Gaudet, Tyler Hansen, Cole Cheveldave and Tim Bozon gathered to help raise money for cancer research.

Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops has qualified for Canada's team for the first four events of the Samsung ISU World Cup short track speed skating season.

Hewitt finished among the top four women at the Canadian selections meet in Calgary on the weekend. She was second, behind Valerie Maltais and ahead of Caroline Truchon and Marianne St. Gelais, all of Quebec, and all of whom qualified. Marie-Eve Drolet of Laterriere, Que., got an injury-bye, so will take the other spot on the women's team.

Hewitt opened the weekend by taking eighth in the first 1,500 metres before finishing second in the 500m. On Saturday, she was second in the 1,000m and sixth in the 1,500m, before skating to sixth in Sunday's 500m and second in Sunday's 1,000m.

The first race of the World Cup short track season will be held in Calgary from Oct. 19-21, before the series heads to Montreal from Oct. 26-28.

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Chris Curl of Kamloops finished fourth overall in the first race of the Interior Running Association's Starting Block Cross-Country Running series, the Reino Keski Salmi 9.2-kilometre, in Salmon Arm.

Curl, who runs for the TRU WolfPack cross-country team, finished in 33 minutes 28 seconds to win the men's 20-29 division. The race winner was Kelowna's John Machuga, who crossed in 30:17.

Yvonne Timewell was the fastest local female, taking 14th overall in 35:59. She won the women's 40-44 division.

The fastest female overall was Glynis Sim of Canoe, who won the under-15 division in 35:43.

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Sun Peaks driver Jason White made the top-10 in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series' Wilson Equipment 300 at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S., on Saturday.

White completed all 300 laps of the third-mile oval and took seventh. He had started 10th.

Series leader D.J. Kennington of St. Thomas, Ont., won the race, the 17th victory of his career. He has a 23-point lead over J.R. Fitzpatrick - who finished second on Saturday - heading into the final race of the season in Peterborough, Ont., on Saturday.

White is eighth in points, 12 back of Jason Hathaway in seventh, but only one ahead of ninth-place Martin Roy.

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Duffy's Pub clinched first in the Kamloops Recreational Soccer League 45-plus division regular season, and will go into this week's playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

Duffy's finished the season with a 4-3 victory over Frick and Frack on Sunday.

Kevin Fertile's second goal of the game, in the final minute, gave Duffy's the victory. Bill Frymire and Rob Bison also scored for Duffy's.

Kelly Beauchamp had one of Frick and Frack's goals.

Duffy's won the Presidents Cup in July, so will be going for the triple crown in the playoffs.

The first games - quarterfinals - are scheduled for Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., at McArthur Island Fields 1 and 2. NRI Distribution and Ideal MSP will play in one quarterfinal, with B.C. Rivers Consulting and Frick and Frack playing in the other.

The winners of those games will move into semifinals against the top two seeds - Duffy's and Kamcon - on Saturday, 10 a.m., at the Singh Bowl. The championship final is scheduled for Sunday, noon, at the Singh Bowl.

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