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      January 18, 2019

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      Temperatures were -10 deg. C. with occasional flurries, as Race Day 1 of the Haywood NorAm/World Championship Trials got underway at Bishop's University in Sherbrooke. With a high of -18 set for tomorrow, and 20 cm. of snow predicted during Sunday's mass-start race, conditions today may be the best of the weekend.

      (Photo: Pierre Pinard)

      The morning's qualifiers were won by Rocky Mountain Racer's, Maya Macisaac-Jones and Canmore's Russell Kennedy. Macisaac-Jones has been battling injuries over the last season and a half, so it is good to see her back racing at the top level. In the heats, Maya and Nakkertok's Katherine Stewart-Jones skied a tight semi-final contest, setting up a repeat competition in the final.

      Maya Macisaac-Jones in the qualifier (photo Michele Carriere)

      Maya led the final, until the last 200 metres, when Stewart-Jones moved by her, on a sprint to the finish. At the line it was a photo-finish, with Maya over Katherine by .05 seconds, to unofficially earn a World Championship Team spot. 3rd a few seconds back was U23 skier, Laura Leclair of Chelsea.

      #304 Evan Palmer-Charette leading in the quarter-finals, (Pierre Pinard, photo)

      The men's competition went in a similar fashion to the women's race. In the first semi-final Evan Palmer Charette of Lappe, edged out Black Jack's Julien Locke in a photo-finish by .03 seconds, and they were back at it again in the final, with Evan prevailing this time by .11 seconds, to stake a claim on the Canadian team going to the Seefeld World Championships. 3rd was Russell Kennedy, the top qualifier, 3 seconds back.

      Both Palmer-Charette and Locke have been in great form lately, with Locke winning the U.S. Nationals sprint and Palmer-Charette coming 4th and 8th in distance races.


      Men's podium ((photo Michele Carriere) 

      Next up tomorrow are classic distance races and World Cup sprints from Otepää, Estonia.

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