SALT LAKE CITY – Brittany Jones and Joshua Reagan of Toronto won the gold medal Friday night in pairs at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. The competition is the second stop on the 2016 Challenger Series circuit.
Jones and Reagan, in their third year together, moved from second after the short program to win the event with an international best 155.48 points. Jessica Calalang and Zack Sidhu of the U.S., first after the short program, were second at 151.24 and Alexandria Shaughnessy and James Morgan, also the U.S., third at 140.08.
‘’We didn’t compete a whole lot last year so we could get our programs in order and get use to a new coach,’’ said Reagan. ‘’So to come out today and get the victory is a pleasant surprise for us. To see us in first place was a very memorable experience.’’
The couple were sixth at the national championships this past January. On Friday they executed strong lifts and landed the throw triple Salchow.
In men’s competition, Jason Brown of the U.S., took the gold with 254.04 points, Takahito Mura of Japan was second at 252.20 and Adam Rippon of the U.S. third at 248.24.
Nam Nguyen of Toronto took fifth spot at 220.55, Elladj Balde of Pierrefonds, Que., eighth and Mitchell Gordon of Vancouver was ninth.
Earlier Friday in the short dance, Alexandra Paul of Midhurst, Ont., and Mitchell Islam of Barrie, Ont., are fifth while Mackenzie Bent of Uxbridge, Ont., and Dmitre Razgulajevs of Ajax, Ont., are 10th.
In women’s competition after the short program, Kim Decelles of Baie-Comeau, Que., is seventh.
The women’s free skate and the free dance are on Saturday.
Full results: icenetwork.com