Saturday, 22 March 2014

Sampling the final day of the Haywood Cross Country Ski Nationals in Corner Brook

by Keith and Heather Nicol
      We took in part of the last day at the Haywood Ski Nationals at the Blow Me Down Ski Park in Corner Brook and it was exciting to see the mass starts for the final classic race. The weather was varied with snow, gusty winds and even sunny breaks in the afternoon. Again it was Canada's Olympians who dominated the podium in the 30 km Open Women and 50 Km Open Men. It has been good to have Canada's best cross country skiers in Corner Brook and they put on a great show. As well it has been impressive to have so many ski teams from across Canada representing the various age groups that competed. The younger age categories skied anywhere from 7.5 km to 30 km on the final day on a course which had some steep climbs and descents. Patrick McIlroy of Avalon produced Newfoundland's best finish of the day with a 9th in the Juvenile Boys. For all the results of the final day see:
Open Men making their way out of the Stadium

59 skiers were in the Open Men Category
Sochi Olympian Ivan Babikov won the Open Men
All races started with a mass start
The courses were demanding with many  hills
Patrick McIlroy of Newfoundland came in 9th in the Juvenile Boys Race

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