Haywood RACE Report: Andy Newell and Julia Kern dominate the AltaGas Sprints

    December 8, 2018


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    The Haywood NorAm circuit kicked off today with the AltaGas sprints at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, near Vernon B.C. It was -12 deg. C. and clear as the qualifiers got underway with great fields of over 90 women and 120 men competing.

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    Stratton's Julia Kern set the women's standard with a 3 second win over Hailey Swirbul of APU. The top Canadian was Laura Leclair of Chelsea Nordiq in 5th.

    On the men's side U.S. World Cup veteran sprint star, Andy Newell qualified first, receiving the AltaGas sprint bonus cheque, with Logan Hanneman of APU 4 seconds back in second.  The top Canadian was Olivier Hamel of Skibec, 3rd overall.

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    Julia Kern, leads Dahria Beatty (r) in the sprint semi-final (P Hung photo)

    Julia Kern dominated the sprint all day and came through with the win in the final. Dahria Beatty came through in 2nd, with Dartmouth's Lauren Jortberg 3rd. Maya Macissac-Jones of Rocky Mountain Racers was 4th overall, 2nd Canadian, and Katherine Stewart-Jones was the 3rd Canadian in 10th.

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    Andy Newell leads early in the final, closely followed by Antoine Briand  (P Hung photo)

    Andy Newell was clearly the strongest on the men's side today, finishing comfortably ahead of 2nd place Antoine Briand of Quebec, the top Canadian. Newell's Stratton teammate Benjamin Saxton was 3rd, with Antoine Cyr of Skinouk, in 5th and Evan Palmer-Charette of Lappe 8th, the 3rd Canadian.

    In the junior races Novie McCabe of Methow Valley was 1st in the Jr. Women's race, followed by Anna Pryce of Foothills and Dartmouth's Callie Young. Black Jack's Molly Miller was 4th and Elizabeth Elliott of Revelstoke was 5th.

    Black Jack's Remi Drolet won the Jr. Men's final followed by Luke Jager of APU. Sam Hendry of Canmore and Tom Stephen of Foothills were next, the other top Canadians.

    All Results

    The race fields were large and competitive as they were also part of the U.S. SuperTour circuit which is great for ski development on both sides of the border. "The combined NorAm Super Tour events are always a little more intense than when we just have Americans in the field.  These interlocking races are great preparation for European events".  Bryan Fish, USSA Development Coach and Program Director. 

    Podium photos by Peggy Hung.
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    Sr. Women's Podium

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    Sr. Men's Podium

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    Jr. Women's Podium

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    Jr. Men's Podium

    Next up tomorrow, interval start classic races.

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