2009 Ski Nationals Reports: Wrap-up
By: Team XC Ottawa (2009/03/16)
XC Ottawa had a great Nationals this year, as did other local clubs and athletes!
In terms of XC Ottawa, here are some highlights
- Zoe Braul qualifying in 3rd position for the classic sprint. She finished the day in 12th after a fall in the B-final. Zoe and Alana tied for the 2nd fastest University qualifier of the day.
- Megan McTavish finished in the top ten Canadians in every race, her best being 7th in the 30km. This put her in 7th place overall for the week.
- Alana Thomas also had many top ten results, her best being 8th in both the 5km classic and the 30km skate. She finished 10th overall for the week. Alana also finished 2nd overall in the CCUNC (university) category with a 2nd place finish in both the sprint and the 5km classic.
- Colin Abbot finished 7th in the Junior Men’s 30km skate, wrapping up a great week of racing which put him in 10th place overall for the week. He also finished 5th overall in the University standings.
- Adele Lay had a great 5km skate, finishing in 6th position among the Junior Women.
- Danielle McVicar finished in 9th place in the Junior Women’s classic sprint by coming third in a hard fought B-final.
- Sheila Kealey, coming off her amazing Gatineau Loppet win, finished in the top 15 Canadians (14th) in the long skate race. She also teamed up with Megan to finish as the 4th Canadian team in the team sprint, very close to getting her first Nationals medal. Watch out next year!
- Matthias Purdon skied a great classic sprint heat, leading for part of it and lunging at the line for 2nd place. He ended up 3rd in the strong heat, so unfortunately didn’t get to go on to the semi-finals.
- Justin Demers was sick at the end of the week so didn’t get to test himself in the 50km. However, he had a strong result in the 10km skate at the beginning of the week....finishing 1s behind skiing legend Werner Schwar who competed at his 26th consecutive Nationals this past week.
- Karl Saidla had a bit of bad luck at the start of his favourite race, the 50km, but pulled through to finish as the 14th fastest Canadian.
- Alana, Zoe and Adele represented Carleton in the CCUNC (university) championships and the team finished in 2nd place by 1 point. Lakehead University was first.
- Colin Abbot and Matthias Purdon also raced for Carleton in the CCUNC category. UBC was the winner followed by Okanagan and Carleton took 3rd place.
Other Local Highlights (let us know if we missed any!)
- Patrick Stewart Jones was 1st overall in the Junior Boys standings and finished 1st in the 10km classic race and 2nd in the classic sprint.
- Michelle Workun-Hill was 2nd overall in the Junior Girls standings. She won the 5km classic race and was 3rd in the 5km skate and 10km skate.
- Noemi Berube was 1st in the 5km skate race for Junior Girls.
- Kate Brennan finished 5th overall in Open women.
- Nakkertok won the overall club award over the long-standing past winner Foothills Nordic.
- Ezekiel Williams was 2nd overall in the Juvenile Boys category followed by Alexis Turgeon and Simon Lapointe both of Skinouk finished in 3rd and 4th. Ezekiel was 3rd in the 5km skate event, Alexis was 4th and Simon 5th. Simon Lapointe led the NCD contingent in the 7.5km classic with a 2nd place finish. Ezekial was 3rd and Alexis 4th. Finally, in the 10km free mass start race, Ezekiel was 2nd, Alexis was 3rd and Simon 5th. Dominique Moncion-Groulz was 6th in that race. Quite the force in the Juvenile Boys!
- Kirstin Besemann was 2nd in the Junior Girls classic sprint.
- Aiden Lennie was 4th in the Junior Men’s 10km skate race.
- Riel Allain finished 2nd in the Junior Boy’s 10km skate.
- Kirsten Petersen finished 4th in the Juvenile Girls 5km skate race and 3rd in the 7.5km mass start.
- Sébastien Townsend was 5th in the Junior Boys 15km Free mass start.
- Nakkertok was 1st and 2nd in the Challenge Boys sprint relay and 1st in the Challenge Girls sprint relay.
- Julie Boisvert of Skinouk was 6th, 7th and 8th in Jr. Women races for an 7th overall on points.
Links to full results
Stay tuned for some more detailed race day reports and some more pictures!
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