March 15th, 2023, Charlottetown – P.E.I.’s Jenna Larter will close out a successful season for the Island’s long track speed skaters at the long track Canada Cup 5 speed skating competition in Calgary this weekend.
Larter made a strong Canada Cup long track debut last weekend, also in Calgary, where she leapt into the top 20 for Canadian women this season, based on 500-metre sprint times. With times of 41.15 seconds in the 500-metres and 1.22.71 in the 1000-metres, Larter improved on her own P.E.I. record times in both distances at the Canada Cup 4 event. The fast times also mean that the Brookfield native can set her training sights on the Canadian Long Track Championships next fall, where she can become the first Islander in decades to compete at that level on the long track.
Andrew Binns of Stratford also made his long track Canada Cup debut at Canada Cup 4, on the heels of a successful Canada Winter Games. Binns improved on his own P.E.I. records for senior men, with new provincial marks in the 500-, 1,000- and 1,500-metre distances, including a time of 37.60 seconds in the 500-metres on the fast Calgary ice.
Larter’s Canada Cup 5 competition gets underway on Thursday with the first 500- and 1,000-metre events, followed by the second 500-metre on Friday and a second 1,000-metre race on Saturday. 1,500-metre and Mass Start events take place on Sunday.
Live streaming and results can be found at https://speedskating.ca/mec-events/2022-23-long-track-canada-cup-5/. For more information about Speed Skating PEI, visit www.speedskatingpei.ca.