The National Cross Country Juvenile and Junior Boys and Girls sprints were held under sunny skies with light winds - perfect skating conditions. The race took the form of interval starts to determine the fastest skiers that would ski in the final heats of 6 skiers. The slowest skiers were eliminated as the heats progressed making for some exciting racing around the 1.2 km course. The course had lots of ups and downs with some sharp corners that caused several skiers to fall. And a highlight for all of the Newfoundlanders in attendance was the podium finish for Patrick McIlroy. He finished 3rd in the Juvenile Boys and hails from Avalon Nordic on the East Coast of the province. More great racing tomorrow when the older men and women hit the trails in more sprint action. This is a great chance to see some top notch cross country skiers perform and visitors are encouraged to attend. See http://www.skinationals2014.com/ for more information.
|The weather was perfect for racing|
|Patrick McIlroy of Newfoundland picked up a bronze in the sprints|
|Heading for the stadium|
|6 skiers headed out on the course in the sprints|
|This corner saw lots of spills|
|Many races were very close|