Saturday, January 25, 2003 - Results
Jeffries Wins Second Race in A Row

Twenty-five year old Chris Jeffries, from the Team 2006 National Cross Country Ski Team, is sealing his selection spot on the Canadian World Championship team after winning yet another race at today’s Subaru Continental Cup 10 km freestyle cross-country ski race held at Mt. Orford, Quebec.

Jeffries, who skis for the Nakkertok Ski Club, dominated the entire race and finished up the challenging course in a speedy time of 26:53.8.  This is Jeffries second gold medal of the two-weekend trial races, which was also held last weekend in Mt. Ste. Anne, Quebec.

Second place went to Team 2006 teammate George Grey, from Rossland B.C, who posted a final time of 27:30.4.  Grey is likely to join Jeffries on the World Championship team, though his selection will not be finalized until after tomorrow’s final race.  The bronze medal went to American racer David Chamberlain in a time of 27:43.0.  Chamberlain edged out Team 2006 member Gordon Jewett by 8 seconds.  Following Jewett came Devon Kershaw, who had been gaining positions as the race progressed.  Kershaw crossed the line in 28:04.  He was followed by Team 2006 member Drew Goldsack, from Red Deer, Alberta and Denis Vachon, from Skibec. Goldsack snuck by Vachon by .3 of a second to take 6th.

On the women’s side, it was an exciting neck-in-neck race for podium spots this morning.   American Olympian Aelin Petersen came through in the end to take home her second gold medal of the two-weekend series.  It was no easy fight for the Fairbanks, Alaska native though.  Edmonton’s Tara Whitten just missed the gold by one second when she crossed the finish in 15:11.9.  Whitten, who is likely to be nominated for the Under-23 World Championship Team, was leading most of the way until a fall set her back.  The bronze medal went to Ontario’s Becky Laakso, who came in just one second short of Whitten.  In fourth was North West Territories’ Sarah Daitch in a time of 15:24.5.  Daitch was also fourth in last weekend’s 15 km skate and will likely join Whitten on the U-23 Team.  Fifth spot went to Junior National Team member Colleen Mortimer from Orleans, Ontario in 15:37.9.  Mortimer was followed 3 seconds later by Shayla Swanson, who trains in Canmore, Alberta.  In seventh, and another 3 seconds off Swanson, was Prince George native Jackie Benson.

“There was some good, tight racing today,” says Tom Holland, who is assisting the National Team during these races.  “It was exciting to watch, because there are still positions open (for trip selection).  The course is tough, but it is a good test of the athletes’ shape.”

The Subaru Continental Cup series resumes tomorrow with the mass start 10 km/15 km classic event.  Post-race the athletes selected for trips to the World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy and the Under-23 World Championships in Bormio, Italy will be finalized and announced.

Complete results available at zone4.ca


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