CALLAGHAN VALLEY, BC- (With files from Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club) Lakehead Nordic skiers got off to a very strong start at the 2013 Haywood Noram National Cross County Ski Championships at Whistler Olympic Park over the weekend. On Day 2 of the competition (Sunday), skiers competed in the short distance skate technique races.
Lakehead University had strong day with 3 athletes making it onto the podium. Harry Seaton and Andrea Lee captured the top spot in the Men’s and Women’s Canadian College and University National Championships (CCUNC) while Scott Hill placed 3rd and Kara Jaspers cracked the top 10.
Lakehead Thunderwolf and National Development Centre’s Alannah MacLean claimed 6th position in the Junior Women’s 5km race.
Earlier on Day 1 (Saturday), Lakehead claimed 3 of 6 podium positions in the team skate sprint relays.
Competing against 13 of the best teams in Canada, the dynamic duo of Andrea Lee and Alannah MacLean defended their title from last year, claiming the gold medal ahead of Laval University while teammates Daphne Haggarty and Kara Jaspers crossed the line in an impressive 5th place and Bryana Van Leeuwen and Moira Haggarty teamed up for 6th position.
The Lakehead Men’s team proved that they are one of the strongest teams in the country by placing 3 teams in the top 4.
Harry Seaton and Victor Hopper teamed up and brought home the victory while Leif Lennie and rookie Scott Hill placed a very impressive 2nd place and Nick Monette and Jack Carlyle picked up 4th position.
The National competition in Whistler continues until Saturday, March 30.