Ottawa’s Clara Hegan and Kate Mason 4th and 5th in the women’s race

It was another sunny day of racing at Day 2 of the 2024 Nordiq Canada Ski Nationals, organized by ENGNE. The snow held firm for most of the day at the Nakkertok Nordic Ski Centre, as the long sprints for the U20 and Open classes got underway along with the Para-nordic events.

In the Para-nordic events, Félix Lafond of Brownsberg-Chatham, Quebec (Fondeurs Laurentides) won his second gold medal, as did Angela Oakley from Edmonton, Alberta (Strathcona Wilderness Centre) in the sitski competition, and Madison Mullin of Fergus (Mono Nordic), Ontario with guide Faith Goudie, in the standing competition.

The men’s National Champion in the open sprint was Leo Grandbois of Sherbrooke. Grandbois paced himself through the qualifying heats to post a comfortable victory in the 1.3k event. Julien Locke of Nelson BC (Black Jack) broke a pole early in the sprint and had to pass the pack to move into 2nd position at the finish just ahead of Olivier Léveillé of Racine Quebec. The top local racer was Robin Masson of Ottawa/Nakkertok in 10th.

Leo Grandbois: “All day long, I told myself that I had to save all my energy for the end. I was even thinking of doing my attack later. I knew I was feeling good today […] I could see that I had good legs on the last climb and the guys were starting to fade a bit, so I gave it everything I had.”

The U20 race was won by Calgary’s Noah Weir Chaba, with Chelsea skiers, Jean-Nicolas De Broeck and Ry Prior the 2nd and 3rd juniors.

On the women’s side longtime Morin Height’s Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt was the winner followed by Edmonton’s Alison Mackie (1st U20) and Thunder Bay (Nakkertok’s) Anna Stewart 3rd. Ottawa (Nakkertok’s) Clara Hegan was 4th overall (2nd U20) and 5th was Ottawa (Nakkertok’s) Kate Mason. Élie-Anne Tremblay of Levis was the 3rd junior and Helen McCulligh of Kanata was 5th.

Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt: “I didnt mean to lead at the beginning but I think once I found myself in the front I just thought now or never. I just gave all the gas I had and try to hold on for the finish.”

In the CCUNC, university college races, Amelia Wells from U Calgary was the women’s champ with Ottawa/Carleton’s Kate Mason 2nd and her teammate Helen McCulligh 3rd.

On the men’s side Ry Prior from Chelsea, U Calgary was the winner, with his teammate Noah Weir Chaba 2nd and Nicolas Beaulieu of U Laval 3rd.

The U16/U18 races were starting at 4:30 today so results will be updated later this evening.

Wednesday’s races will start at 8:30 for the Women ,15k and the Men’s 15k will start at 10:30.

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