Comp Canada: No­ram and Ju­nior/u23 Nordic Worlds Tri­als

SkiTrax - - Contents - by Julie Me­lan­son

by Julie Me­lan­son

Lappe Nordic in Thun­der Bay, Ont. played host to Round Three of the Hay­wood No­ram Se­ries, Jan. 15-16, as the event also served as the se­lec­tion races for the Ju­nior/u23 Nordic World Cham­pi­onships. With tem­per­a­tures hover­ing around -17°C, both com­peti­tors and of­fi­cials were rac­ing to com­plete the qual­i­fiers be­fore a deep freeze set­tled in for the week­end.

An­drea Dupont (Rocky Moun­tain Rac­ers) showed her strength with back-to-back wins in the women's field, while Black Jack's Julien Locke and Kevin San­dau (Foothills-awca) took home the top podium po­si­tions on the men's side.

The morn­ing qual­i­fiers saw Dupont lead the way in the se­nior women's field, while lo­cal skier Sadie White from Big Thun­der was the top ju­nior woman and fourth-fastest over­all.

The se­nior women's fi­nal was a close con­test, as Dupont claimed her fifth No­ram sprint ti­tle by a mere 2/10ths of a sec­ond over Jenn Jack­son of Team Hard­wood, who edged out Ski­nouk's So­phie Car­rier-laforte, a close third.

The men's qual­i­fi­ca­tion was quite de­ci­sive with Angus Foster of Big Thun­der win­ning by al­most five sec­onds over Ski­nouk's Si­mon La­pointe. San­dau, who has been dom­i­nat­ing the cir­cuit this sea­son, had an equip­ment is­sue near the end of the qual­i­fier, cross­ing the fin­ish line in 29th place, al­most missing the heats.

In the se­nior men's fi­nal, it was Locke, who came from be­ing the fifth-fastest qual­i­fier, claim­ing a dom­i­nant three-sec­ond vic­tory over Pa­trick Ste­wart-jones of Nakker­tok, with third go­ing to lo­cal skier Angus Foster.

In the ju­nior men's race, Team Hard­wood's Joey Foster was the top qual­i­fier by al­most a five-sec­ond mar­gin. He's the son of four-time Cana­dian Olympian An­gela Schmidt-foster, the first Cana­dian fe­male to win a World Cup medal.

White, who was ap­prox­i­mately two sec­onds faster than Mont-ste-anne's Marie Cor­riveau in qual­i­fi­ca­tions, saw the ta­bles turned in the fi­nal as Cor­riveau pre­vailed by a sim­i­lar mar­gin for the win.

Day Two at Lappe got un­der­way with the In­ter­val Start, Clas­sic races and tem­per­a­tures at -10°C with 10 cen­time­tres of fresh snow that fell overnight,

mak­ing the tracks squeaky-slow. San­dau, the favourite in the men's race, skied to a 15-sec­ond lead over Team Hard­wood's Scott Hill on the first lap to fin­ish 31 sec­onds ahead. Hill staked his claim to a spot on the U23 World Cham­pi­onship team with his re­sult, as Brian Mc­k­eever of Life­s­port took third, an­other 30 sec­onds back.

Dupont grabbed her sec­ond gold medal of the week­end in the women's 10km, with Jack­son an­other 15 sec­onds back, while Ski­nouk's Car­rier-laforte was third.

The ju­nior men's 10km race was tighter, as An­toine Blais of Sk­ibec set a very fast pace on the first lap, but faded slightly on the sec­ond to sneak in eight sec­onds ahead of Ryan Jack­son of Hard­wood. An­other Sk­ibec skier, Philippe Boucher, was third.

The ju­nior women's 5km race was a close con­test as An­nika Richard­son of Holly­burn won by eight sec­onds over Cor­riveau. As the race win­ner, Richard­son qual­i­fied for the Ju­nior Worlds team, but as she is rep­re­sent­ing Canada at the Youth Olympic Games on Feb. 12-21, Cor­riveau will earn the spot on the team. In third was Molly Miller of Kim­ber­ley.

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