Strong show­ing

McQuaid, Con­nell, Binns post fast times in Que­bec

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

A trio of P.E.I. speed skaters came up with strong place­ments and set a bun­dle of new sea­sonal best and per­sonal best times at a com­pe­ti­tion in Lévis, Que., dur­ing the week­end.

The Is­land skaters were among 116 com­peti­tors at the sec­ond Que­bec provin­cial se­ries meet of the sea­son.

Char­lot­te­town’s Peter McQuaid grabbed an eighth-place fin­ish in group 1, after post­ing new per­sonal bests (PBs) in both the 500- and 1,500-me­tre dis­tances, with times of 45.12 sec­onds and 2:24.13, re­spec­tively. McQuaid’s top fin­ish came in the 3,000-me­tre points race, where he nabbed fifth place in the A fi­nal.

Kyle Con­nell of Char­lot­te­town and An­drew Binns of Strat­ford placed sev­enth and 11, re­spec­tively, in group 3. Con­nell skated in a pair of A fi­nals, tak­ing third place in the 500-me­tre sprint, while notch­ing new per­sonal bests in the 500 and 1,500. Binns posted a large PB time in his 500-me­tre dis­tance, along with a sea­sonal best in the 1,500. Both skaters are in their first year of el­i­gi­bil­ity for the Que­bec cir­cuit.

P.E.I. coach Sarah Tay­lor says the Que­bec com­pe­ti­tions are a key part of the team’s prepa­ra­tions for best ever per­for­mances by the P.E.I. team at next sea­son’s Canada Games.

“We know we’ll be putting a very fast team on the ice in Red Deer in 2019,” she said. “Gain­ing rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in Que­bec and in na­tional com­pe­ti­tions be­tween now and then will help our ath­letes learn how to man­age their races against some of the coun­try’s best and put us on a new level com­pared to the past.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing time for the P.E.I. team right now as we start to gain that ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Up next for Is­land speed skaters is the At­lantic Cup Speed Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships, to be hosted at the Eastlink Cen­tre in Char­lot­te­town on Nov. 25 and 26. Or­ga­niz­ers with Speed Skate P.E.I. ex­pect a strong field of com­peti­tors from at least five provinces as well as from the north­east United States.

For full com­pe­ti­tion re­sults and in­for­ma­tion on Speed Skate P.E.I. pro­grams, visit www. speed­skate­pei.com.

KRISTEN BINNS

Is­land speed skaters Peter McQuaid, left, An­drew Binns, sec­ond from left, and Kyle Con­nell, sec­ond from right, racked up strong re­sults at a re­cent com­pe­ti­tion in Lévis, Que.

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