Cale­do­nia ath­letes dom­i­nant at na­tional tri­als

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Ted CLARKE Ci­ti­zen staff

Of the four fastest fe­male skiers Thurs­day at the Biathlon Canada se­lec­tion tri­als in Can­more, three wore the colours of the Cale­do­nia Nordic Ski Club.

Prince George was prom­i­nent in the third and fi­nal race to de­ter­mine Canada’s teams for in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions later this year. Af­ter six kilo­me­tres of rac­ing in the in­di­vid­ual start race, Cale­do­nia racer Emily Dick­son, a na­tive of Burns Lake, crossed the fin­ish six sec­onds be­hind race win­ner Na­dia Moser of White­horse, Yukon. Dick­son was sec­ond, fol­lowed by third-place Sarah Beaudry and Megan Tandy, who both con­sider Prince George their home­town.

Dick­son, 21, shot clean in both shoot­ing rounds which helped make up time on Moser, who had a 22-sec­ond penalty tacked onto her time for miss­ing one tar­get in her stand­ing round. Moser clocked 19:57.5, while Dick­son came in at 20:03.5, 1.3 sec­onds ahead of Beaudry and 8.7 sec­onds in front of Tandy. Beaudry cleaned both rounds, while Tandy had one miss in her prone round.

The 30-year-old Tandy, who is now based in Ger­many, won Wed­nes­day’s sprint race and was sec­ond in Tues­day’s sprint.

In the men’s race Fri­day, on a 7.5 km route, se­nior team mem­ber Chris­tian Gow set the win­ning pace (18:58.3), edg­ing his brother Scott by 8.9 sec­onds to win his sec­ond of three tri­als events. Both Can­more na­tives got through the race with­out a miss on the range.

Nathan Smith of Cal­gary was third, 33.7 sec­ond off the win­ning pace. He missed two of the five prone tar­gets. Matt Neu­mann of Prince George was 14th (20:42.16), 1:44.3 be­hind.

Rac­ers were each al­lowed three spare rounds in their clip. The women’s race drew 27 biath­letes while 41 en­tered the men’s race.

On Mon­day, Biathlon Canada will name its three teams for the in­ter­na­tional cir­cuits – IBU World Cup, IBU Cup and IBU Ju­nior Cup.


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