Haywood RACE Report: Zina Kocher and Graham Nishikawa are National, Individual Skate Champions

    March 20, 2017

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    The Ski Nationals saw a change in the weather, with Saturdays rain making way for cooler temperatures and bright blue skies.


    The Open women were racing a 5k skate race and Zina Kocher of Rocky Mountain racers claimed gold, followed by Jenn Jackson of Lappe. 3rd went to Sun Valley's Deedra Irwin, and positions 4-6 also went to the U.S. club. Isabella Howden of Team Hardwood was the 3rd Canadian.

    In the Jr. Women, Hannah Mehain of Sovereign Lake claimed the top spot, followed by Zoe Williams of Nakkertok and Darya Sepandj of Foothills Nordic.

    For the men, the University of Denver did well, with German racer Moritz Madlener grabbing the win by 6 seconds over Whitehorse's Graham Nishikawa, the Canadian champion. 3rd went to Norwegian Eivind Romberg Kvaale, also of the University of Denver with Jack Carlyle of Soo Finnish coming in next as the 2nd Canadian with Lappe\s Michael Somppi 5th overall and the 3rd Canadian.

    In Jr. Men the Godfrey twins, Ty and Reed, gave Canmore 1st and 2nd on the podiumwith Skinouk\s Antoine Cyr 3rd.

    The top Junior Boy was Leo Grandbois the World Youth Biathlon champion and Benita Peiffer of Whistler was the top Jr. Girl.

    For the Juveniles the top girl was American skier Novie McCabe of Methow Valley, with Canmore's Maya Fish the top Canadian in 3rd. In the boys class it was Norwegian skier Mads Groeholdt of Whistler in 1st, with Xavier McKeever of Foothills Nordic the top Canadian in 2nd. Xavier is the son of Canadian Para-Nordic coach and longtime NST member Robin McKeever and another longtime NST member Milaine Theriault.

    Awards presentations will take place on Monday night.


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    Please note there will be Live Streaming of all sprint and mass start races. They will be live streamed on YouTube, courtesy of Shaw TV. Check the Ski Nationals website for details www.skinationals2017.com
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