Written by David Velasco Arenas
Photo by Lakehead Athletics
THUNDER BAY, ON — Third-year Raven Zoë Williams (Cantley, QC) capped off an impeccable weekend with three gold medals, including a first place podium finish in the Team Relays with teammates Alyssa Stowe (Almonte, ON) and Emily Jones (Huntsville, ON), to help Carleton seal the third consecutive OUA title for the women’s program. The team ended the event with 27 points, well ahead of second place Guelph (123) and third place Nipissing (165).
The Ravens men were unable to repeat their title-winning performance of 2017 at this year’s championship, with the Team Relay comprised of Aidan Kirkham (Kanata, ON), Brendon Howard (Kanata, ON) and Ezra Pierce (Ottawa, ON) providing Carleton with a third-place showing at the 2018 OUA Nordic Skiing Championship.
Women’s Mass Free Start Technique, Day 3
The Ravens women’s team once again set the bar on the third day of activities in the 10km Mass Start. Zoë Williams led the pack with 17:11.7 on the first lap and never looked back to cross the line at 34:58:3, marking records for the Ravens’ skiing program with three first place podiums. Teammate Alyssa Stowe followed Williams, but unable to maintain the pace, closed the event with a silver medal after 1.44 minutes on the clock. Maggie McClure (Halifax, NS) just missed the podium behind third place Marlee Sauder from Queen’s Gaels. Emily Jones and Adrienne Hynes (Whitehorse, YK) concluded the weekend with fifth and ninth place, respectively.
Men’s Mass Free Start Technique, Day 3
On the men’s side, Aidan Kirkham pushed the gas into the second lap after completing the first 5km in fourth to lead the pack after 31:18:3 minutes, but it was not enough to catch the podium on the final stretch Kirkham finished only 11 seconds behind third place Lakehead Thunderwolves. Carleton Ravens walked away with 73 points overall alongside the Nipissing Lakers, however, a Ravens’ bronze medal in the Team Relays enabled Carleton to finish the event in third position overall.
Women’s Mass Start Free Technique
Gold – Zoë Williams (Carleton)
Silver – Alyssa Stowe (Carleton)
Bronze – Marlee Sauder (Queen’s)
Men’s Mass Start Free Technique
Gold – Jordan Cascagnette (Nipissing)
Silver – Alexander Maycock (Nipissing)
Bronze – Noah Thompson (Lakehead)
Women’s Overall Ranking
Men’s Overall Ranking
Six Ravens women’s and three men’s skiers received OUA Nordic All-Star spots including:
COURTESY OF LAKEHEAD:
RAVENS WOMEN SKIERS CONTINUE THEIR DOMINANCE ON DAY 2 OF OUA NORDIC SKIING CHAMPIONSHIPS
THUNDERBAY, ON — On the second day of the 2018 OUA Nordic Skiing Championships, the Ravens women’s team pushed the pace to continue their strong lead with two team relay squads taking first and second places on the podium. The Ravens men’s team claimed third, while the second threesome ended sixth in the 3x3km Team Relay at the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre in Thunder Bay.
Both women’s team relays were determined to continue their dominance flashing out from the starting line as Zoe Williams (Cantley, QC) Alyssa Stowe (Almonte, ON) and Emily Jones (Huntsville, ON) stopped the clock at 0:32:45.5 claiming gold. Zoe Williams recorded the fastest lap with 9:57.3 minutes, the only sub 10-minute mark on the field, surpassing her last year record. The second Ravens trio, led by Emma Holmes (Calgary, AB) Adrienne Hynes (Whitehorse, YK), followed with 0:33:37.7 on the clock, 44 seconds ahead of third place LU-Thunderwolves.
On the men’s side, Brendon Howard (Kanata, ON), Ezra Pierce (Ottawa, ON) and Aidan Kirkham (Kanata, ON) capitalized the third position on a 0:27:46.4 mark, only 16 seconds behind first place Nipissing Lakers and second LU-Thunderwolves. Raven’s second trio Graham Perry (Orangeville, ON), Colin Ward (Mahone Bay, NS) and Jonah Hudec (North Sydney, NS) ended the relay on 0:29:00.9 to finish sixth on the field.
Full results of the Day 2 Classic Relay can be found here.
After two days of competition, Carleton Ravens are ranked first on the women’s side, with the Guelph Gryphons in second and the Lakehead Thunderwolves in third. The Thunderwolves men’s team is ranked first with the Carleton Ravens second and Nipissing Lakers third.
OUA team points calculations can be found here.
The 2018 OUA Nordic Skiing Championship finishes off tomorrow, February 25, with the men’s 15km Mass Start Free Technique at 9:30am and women’s 10km Mass Start Free Technique at 10:30am.
Women’s Relay Classic – 3x3km
Gold – Carleton Ravens A (32:45.5)
Silver – Carleton Ravens B (33:37.7)
Bronze – Lakehead Thunderwolves A (34:21.2)
Men’s Relay Classic – 3x3km
Gold – Nipissing Lakers A (27:33.7)
Silver – Lakehead Thunderwolves A (27:33.9)
Bronze – Carleton Ravens A (27:46.4)
RAVEN SKIERS DOMINATE ON DAY 1 OF OUA NORDIC SKIING CHAMPIONSHIPS
THUNDER BAY, ON — On the first day of the 2018 OUA Nordic Skiing Championships, the Carleton Ravens women’s team had great success with four members finishing in the top five spots, including gold for Zoe Williams (Cantley, QC) and silver for Alyssa Stowe (Almonte, ON), while Aidan Kirkham (Kanata, ON) claimed gold for the men’s team in the Classic Interval Start at the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre in Thunder Bay.
Despite the conditions, the athletes were ready to compete with Carleton proving they are once again a top contender in the 10km Interval Nordic Skiing. Ravens Aidan Kirkham set the pace on the men’s side stopping the clock at 0:34:53.5 to capture gold medal, surpassing his third-place result from a year ago. Lakehead’s Gavin Shields finished 44.6 seconds behind for second place, followed by Nipissing’s Jordan Cascagnette after 58 seconds on the clock.
The Ravens managed to finish with two additional top ten places with Brendan Howard (0:36:30:6), who finished 7th, followed by Ezra Pierce (0:37:39:9) in 10th.
On the women’s side, the Raven’s teamed up to bring four athletes in the top five places in the 5km Interval with two podium finishes. Zoe Williams placed herself once again on the podium, but this time in first, as she crossed the line in 0:19:41.9. Not far behind was the Ravens’ Alyssa Stowe, who came in behind Williams back 50.2 seconds on the clock to claim silver medal. Thunderwolves Camille Ham finished third after 1:31 minute along with Ravens Emily Jones (Huntsville, ON) and Adrienne Hynes (Whitehorse, YK) coming in fourth and fifth respectively.
Click here to see results of the 2018 OUA Nordic Skiing Championship Classic Interval Start.
The 2018 OUA Nordic Skiing Championship resumes tomorrow as the men and women take on the 3x3kms Relay Classic at 2:00pm.
Details about the championship can be found in the 2018 Nordic Skiing Championship Fan Guide.
Women’s 5km – Classic Interval Start
Gold – Zoë Williams (Carleton)
Silver – Alyssa Stowe (Carleton)
Bronze – Camille Hamm (Lakehead)
Men’s 10km – Classic Interval Start
Gold – Aidan Kirkham (Carleton)
Silver – Gavin Shields (Lakehead)
Bronze – Jordan Cascagnette (Nipissing)