|Jeffries Dominates Continental Cup Skate|
Chris Jeffries got his hands on the gold-medal today after winning the men’s 15 km cross country skate race held as part of the Subaru Continental Cup Series up in Mt. Ste. Anne, Quebec earlier this morning.
After settling for the silver medal in yesterday’s 10 km classic event, Ottawa native and Team 2006 Member Jeffries was more than pleased to take first place by over 40 seconds from American Justin Freeman. Jeffries’ time of 36:27.9 was far ahead of the pack, with Freeman finishing in 37:09.4 and third place teammate George Grey, from Rossland, B.C, crossing the line in 37:21.8. American Patrick Weaver nudged out Team 2006 member Dan Roycroft, from Port Sydney, Ontario, by a second to steal fourth in 37:45.1. Other Canadian teammates Gordon Jewett and Drew Goldsack came in 6th and 7th respectively. The top junior racer was Sean Crooks, from Thunder Bay, who came in 16th in 39:07.2. First year Junior National team member Crooks secured a berth on the team heading over to Soleftea, Sweden to compete in the World Juniors this February. Jeffries is also likely to be selected to the Senior Team heading to Val di Fiemme, Italy, for the World Championships.
Twenty-five year old Jeffries, who trains out of Canmore, Alberta, is happy with his showing today. “It definitely makes me relieved to know I have pretty much secured a spot on the World Championship team,” says Jeffries. “I can feel all my training finally coming around now.”
Jeffries will likely opt out of tomorrow’s sprint race and instead focus on the continuation of the trial races, which are held next weekend in Mt. Orford.
On the women’s side today Aelin Peterson of Fairbanks, Alaska got her revenge to win the 15 km skate in 45:06.9. Tasha Betcherman, who trains out of the training centre in Canmore, had been leading the whole race until a fall on a last downhill pushed her time back, got the silver in 45:11.0. Yesterday’s winner, Daria Gaiazova, who is already selected with Crooks on the Junior team heading to Sweden, came in third in 45:57.6. Fourth place went to Sarah Daitch, from the North West Territories, in 46:01.4. Daitch is now likely to be selected to the U-23 Team going to Bormio, Italy for the U-23 World Championships also in February. The next top junior after Gaiazova was Perianne Jones, from Almonte, Ontario, who came in 46:02.1. Junior racer Madeleine Williams, from the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club, came in 11th in 46:58.9, just two seconds behind Tara Whitten also of Edmonton. There were thirty-five women and seventy-two men competing today.
The race series will continue tomorrow with the sprint event in Mt. Ste. Anne.Full Results available at : www.zone4.ca
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