Sunday, March 14, 2004 - Results
Alberta Clubs Strong in Nationals Relays

On a day which featured bright sunshine and fast snow, the future stars of Canadian cross-country skiing competed for Club honours in the Challenge and Open 3 X 5 km skate relays.

The Challenge Boy’s relay began with Evan Bruce of the Banff Ski Runners jumping out to an early first lap lead. The Ski Runners were eventually overtaken by members of Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club of Thunder Bay to win the Boys Challenge event. Foothills Nordic of Calgary picked up the third podium position, marking a trend that would continue for the remainder of the day.

In the Open Men’s competition Foothills Nordic, represented by Kazuma Takahashi, Ivan Babikov and Brian McKeever picked up the gold. XC Ottawa represented by Karl Saidla, David Zylberberg and Craig Storey broke the Alberta based clubs domination placing second in a sprint finish with the Foothills team of Casey Dyck, Terrell Stephen and Robin McKeever.

The Open Women presented some intense racing with the Edmonton Nordic trio of Amanda Amar, Madeliene Williams and Tara Whitten eventually coming out on top. Lappe Nordic picked up the second medal for the Northern Ontario community of Thunder Bay with a strong performance by Becky Laakso, Jill Maepea and Tasha Betcherman. Lappe was followed by the Banff Ski Runners team of Claire Rennie, Crystin Jaques and Cathy Jaques.

The Porcupine Ski Runners prevailed in the Challenge Girls’s category with Bibiane Mahy, Mallory Deyne and Natasha Kullus solidly coming out on top. The race was restarted after the majority of skiers took an incorrect turn midway through the first lap. When the error became apparent the Technical Delegate immediately decided to stop the competition and reschedule it for later in the morning. Coming in second was the trio of Kelsey Dool, Christina Groulx and Berit Dool from Lappe Nordic. Team Hardwood, represented by Anna Geiger-Whitlock, Roz Lougheed and Alana Thomas stepped onto the podium with a bronze.

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Source: Cross Country Canada

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