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Nationals Team Sprint
By:  Sheila Kealey   (2012/03/18)

The Plains of Abraham in downtown Quebec City was a great venue for the team sprint. Much of the course was visible from the stadium area, making for great spectating. Though Quebec city has much less snow than Mont Ste Anne, organizers had a pretty decent course ready for racers. The weather was warm, and snow was dirty and slow, but that didn't take away from the excitement, and kept wax technicians busy cleaning the glide zones of skis while skiers were waiting for their partners.

Colin Abbott descending in men's final

XC Ottawa had a good day, with Megan and Sheila qualifying for the Open Women's final and finishing a close 7th in an exciting battle with Nakkertok's Michele Workrun-Hill and Sofia Atali. Vesta and Katie had a strong qualifier but didn't move on to the final. Nakkertok's team of Perianne Jones and Alana Thomas won the event, ahead of the University of Vermont and Canmore Nordic. Matthias teamed up with Georgian Bay Nordic's Eli Heyden-Thomas and had a strong qualifying round in the competitive men's field.

Start of women's final

Megan & Michelle

Anna was our # 1 spectator and pole holder (thankfully not needed, but she was ready!)

Katie on the first uphill


Much of our team raced the University championships, and XC Ottawa's Ingrid Hagberd teamed up with Kendra Murray to win a bronze medal for Carleton University, behind Lakehead University and Laval University. On the men's side, Peter and Kyle battled it out with Lakehead University2, for a close 4th. Laval University won the event, ahead of Lakehead University1. Andre teamed up with Logan and raced to a strong 6th place.

Ingrid and Kendra in the exchange zone - they raced in the morning fog

Other impressive local performances include Nakkertok's twin sisters Katherine and Emilie Stewart-Jones, who were the 1st Canadian team in the Challenge relay, but a photo-finish 2nd for the "International" division behind the Rocky Mountain racers duo that included Norwegian  Marte Haakenstad Braaten. Nakkertok's Patrick Stewart Jones teamed up with Steffan LLoyd to capture the Bronze medal in the Open Men's category, behind Foothills Nordic and Whitehorse.

Leading Men's final - David Greer, Brent McMurtry, & Steffan Lloyd

Be sure to check out Pav's most entertaining report of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

Complete Results here .
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