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      December 9, 2017

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      It was nice winter conditions, around -7 deg. C. as the Haywood NorAm, combined with the U.S. SuperTour, race got underway at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre.

      Today's race was a classic sprint, and with Olympic Team selection definitely in the mix for the U.S. skiers, there was some intense racing going on in the qualifiers.

      In the morning qualifiers U.S. skier Kaitlynn Miller set the standard for the women with Skinouk's Sophie Carrier-Laforte the top Canadian in 4th. Sovereign's Hannah Mehain was the top junior.
      Women's qualifier results

      For the men it was another U.S. skier, Cole Morgan with the top qualifying time, just ahead of his countryman Nicholas Michaud. Again the top Canadian was 4th, Bob Thompson of Team Hardwood. The top junior was Antoine Cyr of Skinouk
      Men's qualifier results

      Craftsbury's Kaitlynn Miller kept up her strong performance from the qualifier, to win each of her heats, including the final, which was won by a little under a second over Caitlin Patterson of Sun Valley. In 3rd place was Hannah Halvorsen from Alaska.

      Women's final action (photos by Nolan Scheier)

      The top Canadian was Sophie Carrier-Laforte in 6th, with Andrea Dupont the 2nd Canadian in 10th.

      Sophie Carrier-Laforte in the lead in the quarters.

      There was tight race of 4 skiers heading to the finish in the men's A final.


       Bob Thompson emerged victorious in a photo-finish, by .03 ahead of Ben Saxton of the U.S. Cole Morgan claimed bronze. The top 4 were spread .5 seconds apart.

      The 2nd Canadian was Lappe's Evan Palmer-Charette, the winner of the B final after having issues in his semi, and 3rd was Julian Smith of Georgian Bay Nordic.

      Men's heat action:



      In the junior races, local favourite Hannah Mehain came through in first, ahead of Kenora's Lisle Compton with Lappe's Hannah Shields in 3rd.

      Hannah Mehain heading to the finish.

      On the junior men's side, Antoine Cyr finished 1st, followed by Montériski's Étienne Hébert and Alaska's Luke Jager.  Big Thunder's Graham Ritchie was 4th, the 3rd Canadian.

      Antoine Cyr heading for the win

      Heat progressions

      Podium Shots:

      Sr. Women

      Jr. Women

      Podium Men

      Jr. Men

      Coming up tomorrow, skate, interval-start races.

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