Sports Today: Turner runs to 10km record; Spencer sisters share podium

Bryce Turner of Kamloops set a course record in the men's under-15 division at Sunday's Starting Block 10-kilometre road race near Vernon, the first of eight races in the Interior Running Association's Canadian Tire Road Race Series.

The next race, the River's Spring Run-Off 10km, is scheduled for March 18 at Kamloops' Arthur Stevenson Elementary.Kamloops also will play host to the Blackwell Dairy 15km, which goes May 27 at R.L. Clemitson Elementary in Barnhartvale.

Turner's blistering time - 42 minutes 16 seconds - broke the U15 record that was set in 2005. Turner finished 26th overall out of 221 finishers.

Kelowna's John Machuga won the race in 34:35, edging Merritt's Hans Aabye by 30 seconds. Kelowna's Jessica Hannah was the fastest female, in 40:29.

Josh Oosterbrink was the top Kamloops finisher, taking 13th overall and fifth in the competitive 20-29 division with a time of 39:52. Mandy Sellars was the top Kamloops female in 43:27, which was good enough for first in the 40-44 division and 32nd overall.

Jack Miller of Kamloops also won his division, 65-69, in a time of 44:31. Miller was 44th overall.

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The Spence sisters, Tori and Josie, shared a podium this weekend, this time after both earned gold medals at the North American long track speed skating championships in Calgary.

Tori and Josie, both from the River City Racers, skated the fastest and third-fastest times respectively over 3,000 metres and both ended up with gold medals.

At the North Americans, results are separated into age divisions. Tori, 19, is in her first season as a senior; Josie, 17, is in the junior A division.

Josie had the fastest time for juniors, so also received a gold medal at 3000m.

Tori's time of four minutes 16.13 seconds was a personal best and a new provincial record. Josie posted a personal best of 4:18.37 over this same distance.

A year ago, at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax, the Spence sisters shared the podium, after Tori won gold and Josie earned bronze at 3,000m.)were on the podium for gold and bronze respectively for this same distance).

Tori also won gold at 1,500m in Calgary and was third at 1,000m. She skated to a person best at 500m and finished 15th.

Josie qualifed for the Regional Junior World Cup in the 500m and 1,000m distances. She won bronze in the 500m, setting her first provincial record (40.71 seconds) in the process. She also had a personal best (1:20.56) in finishing fifth in the 1,000m.

Meanwhile, Sara Spence, the youngest of the girls at 15, also competed in North Americans. She skated to a personal best (4:42.13) at 3,000m to finish fourth in the junior B division.

Sara also won gold in the junior B 500m event, got a personal best and sixth-place in the 1,000m, and was fourth at 1,500m.

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The Kamloops Long Blades had a number of competitors at the Canadian long track speed skating championships in Fort St. John on the weekend.

Dana Colter placed fifth overall in the T2T 12 category with fifth-place finishes in the 300-metre and 500m events, a fourth in the 500m and sixth in the 3,000m. She also was fifth in the team relay.

Sylvie Lloyd, in T2T 14, was fifth in the 100m and 550m, seventh in the 300m and 12th in the 3,000m, for fifth overall. She was fifth in the team pursuit.

Rylan DeBeeld, in the T2T 15, was ninth in the 300m, and 11th in the 3,000m, 100m and 500m, for 11th overall. He was a member of the team that won bronze in the team pursuit.

Kris Pynten was second overall in the men's open category with silver medals in the 500m, 1,500m and 1,000m, and a bronze in the 3,000m.

All skaters had personal best times in all distances. Conditions were ideal on the 400m track in the Pomeroy Sport Centre.

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The South Kamloops Titans senior boys basketball team split its weekend games in Kelowna, losing 78-66 to the Kelowna Owls and beating the Rutland Voodoos 62-60.

The Titans held a 56-49 lead Friday over the Owls after the third quarter, the No. 1-ranked team in the province. But with Spencer Jaroszuk and Jacob Adams fouling out in the fourth, the powerful Owls took advantage.

Elijah Hillis-Gold had 21 points for the Titans, and Jaroszuk scored 19.

Hillis-Gold had 18 points to lead the Titans against Rutland on Saturday, with Adams and Jaroszuk each scoring 16.
The Titans, now 7-1 in league play, are at home to the Owls on Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.

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The NorKam Saints are 6-3 after a weekend split of their Okanagan senior AAA girls basketball games.

The Saints opened with a 53-36 victory over the host Kelowna-Rutland Voodoos on Saturday. Rebecca Frasca led the Saints with 18 points, and Kaho Tsukaguchi had eight points for NorKam, which led 21-13 at the half.

NorKam got behind 45-23 at the half on Saturday, and ended up losing 78-55 to the host Kelowna Owls. Reiko Ohama led NorKam scored 20 points in the loss, and Frasca added a dozen points.

The Saints are on the road again next weekend, playing road games against the Mount Boucherie Bears in West Kelowna and the Lakers in Kelowna.

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The Kamloops Soccer Referees Association (KSRA) is scheduled to play host to two entry-level soccer referee clinics.

The clinics are for people who want to referee youth and adult soccer, and the clinic dates are Feb. 24-26 and March 9-11. The minimum age to attend a clinic is 14, and the cost is $150.

To register or for more information, email Neil at ksrasecretary99@gmail.

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The TRU WolfPack split its weekend B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League games at the University of Victoria, losing 7-6 on Sunday after winning 5-1 on Saturday.

Sunday's affair was a little crazy, with TRU leading 4-0 after a period and UVic up 5-4 after two. Victoria won it with a power-play goal from Mark Prest with 4:10 remaining.

Andrew Fisher, Jassi Sangha, Jose Reyes, Taylor Stuart, Casey Patterson and Mick Ludvig scored for the WolfPack, and Shane Oatway had three assists. Shane Mainprize made 37 stops.

Brent Sutherland had two goals and two assists for Victoria, and Doug Evans, Justin Ferreira, Francis Gonella and Eli Wiebe singled. Victoria goaltender Jason Margolus made 23 saves.

On Saturday, Sangha, Patterson, David Gore, Cody Rose and Ludvig scored in support of Riley Wall, who stopped 37 shots.

Doug Evans scored for UVic.

The WolfPack is on the road again on the weekend, playing the Selkirk Saints in Castlegar on Saturday and Sunday.

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