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OUA Championships Race Report- 10 and 15km skate mass start
By:  Matthias Purdon   (2010/02/25)


The final race of OUA championships is always a distance mass start race alternating between classic and skate techniques each year.  Its always a tough day with an individual start distance, and relay races in your legs from the day before.  The course at Mono Nordic offers several steep, shorter climbs, several gradual sections as well as a flat section through a gravel pit.  Everyone found the course fun and challenging and with the sun shining it was a great showcase of the southern Ontario venue. 

The Carleton Varsity team had some great results, taking the men's overall title, and second place in the women's overall standings.  The women had some great individual results with Alana Thomas taking second, Adele Lay in 5th, Zoe Braul in 12th, Ingrid Hagberg in 14th, Liza Rozina 30th, and Lindsay Cook 36th.  The men skied "like we were one point behind" with Colin taking his second first place finish of the weekend followed by Matthias in 3rd, Andre Marchand in 6th, Lee Hawkings in 7th, Logan Potter in 11th, Kent Mamen in 17th, and Robbie Anderson in 18th.  Even Odell of Laurentian came in second place in the men's race.  Anna Crawford in her final year at Lakehead took the number one spot with Mary Thomson of Laurentian coming in 3rd. 

Thanks to all the volunteers, organizers, and the host, Guelph University, for putting on such great event.  Finally a big thanks to our coaches John Langstone, Greg Mark, and Chris Mamen for all their help.  We couldn't do it without you guys!

Here are some photos.  Credits to Diana Thomas and the Mono Nordic web site  (http://mononordic.com/)  There are many more photos on that site if you want to take a look.
OntU_114adele_skiing.jpg Adele Lay (xcOttawa Alumni) lapping through the stadium.

Anna Crawford and Alana Thomas in the finish chute.

Matthias following Matti Little in an early chase pack.

Colin at the head of the lead pack.

Men's 15km podium.

Men's overall champions for the first time in seven years.

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