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Elk skates to personal bests at Western Elite Circuit

Fort St. John speed skater Connor Mason-Bennett had a great set of races on the Olympic Oval in Calgary last weekend.
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Connor Mason-Bennett at the Western Elite Circuit 2 in Calgary.

Fort St. John speed skater Connor Mason-Bennett had a great set of races on the Olympic Oval in Calgary last weekend.

Mason-Bennett represented the Fort St. John Elks club at the second Skate-Tec Western Elite Circuit held Feb. 11 and 12, his first time competing in the series.

Mason-Bennett set a personal best in all of his distances: 0:50.030 in the 500-metre; 1:21.174 in the 777-metre; 1:43.90 in the 1000-metre; and an impressive 10-second reduction in his 1500-metre with a time of 2:38.714.

The short track circuit, sanctioned by the International Skating Union and Speed Skating Canada, is described as a fun racing atmosphere focused on developing young speed skaters, and introducing them to high-performance competition.

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