Several XC Ottawa student-athletes who attend Carleton University had the chance to race at the OUA championships in North Bay last weekend; here is a quick rundown on what happened!
For those of you who are not good at remembering acronyms, OUA stands for “Ontario University Athletics” and Carleton has a history of success at these yearly championships. Nipissing University hosted the three days of races in a special format termed the “Tour de Nipissing” which consisted of a prologue on Friday at the on-campus trails, a team sprint on Saturday in downtown North Bay, and finally a pursuit start on Sunday at the North Bay Nordic Trails.
Conditions were very challenging for the ravens on the first day of the tour, racing the 6km individual start race in near zero and wet snow. Despite not having the best kick wax, Carleton still pulled off several solid performances:
Steffan Lloyd charges for the finish. (Photo by Gord Kerr)
Rogue Skier Riel Allain (of XC Ottawa) represents University of Ottawa. (Photo by Gord Kerr)
Carleton Racer Carrington Pomeroy shows us what having tough ankles is like.
Day 1 Results:
Prologue, Men: http://zone4.ca/results.asp?ID=6521&cat=29
Prologue, Women: http://zone4.ca/results.asp?ID=6521&cat=30
Day 2 consisted of a a team sprint qualifier and final in downtown North Bay. A fairly flat course combined with high winds made the visibility quite low which added to the excitement! Carleton managed to bounce back from Fridays results and capture several more top positions!
Holly went all out with this custom face ink! (Photo by Gord Kerr)
Andre and Nelson heading out for another lap in the team sprint. (Photo by Gord Kerr)
The Carleton Boys (in red, and blue?) happy to show off their team sprint skills! (Photo by Gord Kerr)
Team Sprint results, Men: http://zone4.ca/results.asp?ID=6541&cat=258
Team Sprint results,Women: http://zone4.ca/results.asp?ID=6541&cat=257
The last day of racing was was pursuit style and certainly made for some exciting finishes as the top 10 finishers of this race would be crowned Ontario University All-Stars
Kyla going speedy, and with a modest smile to boot! (Photo by Gord Kerr)
Overall Results, Women: http://zone4.ca/results.asp?ID=6555&cat=57
Overall Results, Men: http://zone4.ca/results.asp?ID=6555&cat=58
OUA All stars, Nansen Murray, Carrington Pomeroy, Andre Marchand, Lief Lennie, Peter Beisel, Jordan Cascagnette, Steffan Lloyd, Victor Hopper, Harry Seaton, Greg Kilroy. (Photo by Gord Kerr)
Not pictured are the womens OUA all stars, Jennifer Jackson Lakehead University, Alannah MacLean Lakehead University, Erin Tribe Lakehead University, Kendra Murray Carleton University, Kajsa Heyes Nipissing University, Daphne Haggarty Lakehead University, Amie Mathews Lakehead University, Jess Demers Nipissing University
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