Monday, February 17, 2014 | Nordic Skiing
Photo by James Maclean
The Carleton University Nordic Ski Team heads to North Bay this weekend (Feb. 20-23, 2014) for the OUA Nordic Ski Championships. Hosted by Nipissing University the championship will consist of three races where all Ontario Varsity ski teams will be meeting to compete.
Friday starts off with a 6.6km classic Prologue on Nipissing’s campus trails. O the women’s side look out for Kendra Murray. Placing 6th at the Canadian Eastern Championships during the classic distance event Kendra has proved again her classic technique racing is on form. On the men’s side Steffan Lloyd is proving to be in good shape with his 2nd place in the freestyle technique Gatineau Loppet this past weekend, and a impressive 8th place at the Eastern Championships classic distance event. Look out for Peter Beisel too who raced to 4th in the classic technique at the Gatineau Loppet.
Saturday, Feb. 22, brings a skate team sprint event to downtown North Bay. Carleton will be fielding 3 teams of 2 in both men’s and women’s categories. The team sprint format is done in teams of two with each athlete racing a loop before tagging their partner for a total of 6 exchanges. Carleton’s top women’s team of Kendra Murray and first year Alex Slobodian will face off against Lakehead’s top team at the front of the pack, promising an exciting race. On he men’s side Peter Beisel, Andre Marchand, and Steffan Lloyd look competitive to be part of the top men’s team.
Sunday, Feb 23., features a pursuit skate 10km for the women, and 15km for the men, hosted at the North Bay Nordic trails. The pursuit start reverses the finishing order of Fridays race and has the top finisher leaving first, chased by the subsequent friday finishers starting based off of how far they finished behind. With someone to chase every athlete will be pushing hard to make up spots.
To keep up with weekend results visit zone4.ca and search for “oua championships” or follow links posted on CUNordic’s twitter