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      February 5, 2018

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      The weather changed dramatically, as warmer temperatures and heavy snow greeted the racers at the “Fresh Air Experience” Haywood Easterns, pursuit races at Nakkertok Nordic. The American racers continued to dominate in the competitions which are also a part of the “SuperTour”, the U.S. National Race Series.


      In the Open Women’s competition Rosie Frankowski  of APU claimed her second gold in two days, in a dramatic race with her teammate Becca Rorabaugh. Frankowski started the day 47 seconds ahead of Rorabaugh, who clawed back most of that time over the 10k, finishing just 2 seconds back at the finish. Third, with the fastest elapsed time of the day, was another U.S. Olympian, Craftsbury's Kaitlynn Miller.

      Rosie Frankowski, Photo credit Rob Smith

      Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt of Fondeurs Laurentides was the top Canadian in 4th.  Frédérique Vézina of Mont Ste. Anne was 5th and Annika Hicks of Canmore was 9th.

      Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt, Photo credit Rob Smith

      APU'S Rosie Frankowski with a big lead at Haywood Easterns pursuit on @freshairexp Race Day pic.twitter.com/4EFgLOTaNM In the men’s 15k race, Sun Valley, Idaho’s John Hegman started the morning with a 10 second advantage over David Norris from APU. Norris quickly caught up to Hegman in the first 3 kilometres or so and skied on for a commanding 1:18 win over Ben Lustgarten of Craftsbury.

      David Norris, Photo credit Rob Smith

      A fairly big chase group had formed early, including Hegman, and Lustgarten had managed to break from the pack in the final kilometres. There was a photofinish for 3rd as Brian Gregg of Central beat out Vail’s Tad Elliot in a sprint finish. They were just 3 seconds ahead of Hegman, who had been Saturday's winner. Greg had been almost a minute off the lead at the start of the race.

      The top Canadian was Barrie XC's Scott Hill in 9th, with Jack Carlyle from Soo-Finnish 10th and Lappe's Andy Shields in 13th.

      Scott Hill, Photo credit Rob Smith

      Hannah Shields of Lappe, made it 3 wins in a row for the Junior Women’s category, with Marianne Scherrer of Skibec 2nd and Nakkertok's Bronwyn Williams 3rd. 

      For the Junior Men’s class, National Junior Team member Nicolas Beaulieu of Orford was the winner with Noah Thompson of Big Thunder 2nd and Nakkertok’s Aidan Kirkham 3rd.

      The Para-Nordic Nationals are also part of the event and National Team member Derek Zaplotinsky of Strathcona Wilderness Centre won his second gold medal of the weekend in the men’s sitski mass start competition. Tanya Quesnel of  Laurentian was the women’s champ. The standing class races were won by Kyle Barber of Laurentian and Lyne-Marie Bilodeau of Orford.


      Para-Nordic Standing, Photo credit Rob Smith

      Men's sitski podium, Photo credit Rob Smith

      Jr. Women's podium, Photo credit Rob Smith

      Jr. Men's podium, Photo credit Rob Smith

      Sr. Women's podium, Photo credit Rob Smith

      Sr. Men's podium,  photo credit Rob Smith

      Today’s events wrapped up the Haywood Eastern Canadian Championships. Congratulations to the volunteers from the 3 organizing clubs, Chelsea Nordiq, Club Skinouk and Nakkertok Nordic, for putting on a very successful event.

      The next major national event on the schedule is the National Championships in March, in Thunder Bay, Ontario and there is a little matter of the Olympics between now and then.

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