Butte’s Will Silk won the US Junior Speed Skating Championships Saturday at the Olympic Oval in Kerns, Utah. Silk is a Senior at Butte High School. He skated personal best times in all four races and narrowly edged Dylan Woodbury of Salt Lake City.
Silk won the 1500M and 5000M races with times of 1:50.32 and 6:43.65. He finished 4th in the 500M in 38.11 and 5th in the 1000M in 1:13.46. He edged Woodbury, who won the 500M and 1000M by 0.016 Samalog points, which are calculated by dividing the skaters time in each race by the number of 500 meters in the event.
By placing in the top three, Silk earned a spot on the US team for the Junior World Speed Skating Championships in Hachinohe, Japan on February 9-11. He skated in two Junior World Cup races in Italy in November and December.