Tara Hancherow of Tisdale, Sask., and Wesley Killing of Woodstock, Ont., placed sixth in their pairs debut on Saturday at the third stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

KOSICE, Slovakia – Tara Hancherow of Tisdale, Sask., and Wesley Killing of Woodstock, Ont., placed sixth in their pairs debut on Saturday at the third stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Hancherow and Killing were competing for the first time together after joining forces this summer.   A concussion to Hancherow, who skated singles the last two seasons, derailed their preparations for the event.

“We just started training together so we are happy with how it turned out,” said Hancherow, 17.  “We weren’t sure what to expect so its make feel good to know we can be competitive at an international competition like this.  We weren’t totally sure what to expect.”

Maria Vigalova and Egor Zakroev led a Russian medal sweep.

In women’s singles, Karen Chen of the U.S. won the gold medal, Alexandra Proklova of Russia was second and Riona Kato of Japan third.

Marianne Rioux Ouellet of Montreal was 14th and Roxanne Cournoyer of Sorel-Tracy, Que., 20th.

In ice dancing after the short dance, Mackenzie Bent of Uxbridge, Ont., and Garrett MacKeen of Oshawa, Ont., are sixth and Lauren Collins of Minesing, Ont., and Danny Seymour of Port Elgin, Ont., are 11th.

Competition ends Sunday with the free dance and men’s free skate.  Leslie Ip of Markham, Ont., was 11th after Friday’s men’s short program.

Louis Daignault