It has been an eventful year so far for the University of Alberta Nordic Ski Team, and we are only one month into 2016! This month we have participated in multiple races and loppets including Troll in the Park Loppet, the Camrose University Team Sprint, Pembina Nordic 40th Anniversary Loppet, Athabasca Loppet, and most recently Alberts Cups 5/6 in Red Deer! We have experienced everything this past month in our races across the province from freezing to sweat pouring temperatures, icy to fluffy snow, big hills to flat plains, and ice beards to rosy cheeks. Along with the results I will update you on below, some of the results will be available at the following links. Go Golden Bears and Pandas, and God speed!
Alberta Cup 5:
Alberta Cup 6:
Troll in the Park Loppet:
1.Freya Hik; 1st
1.Connor Speer; 7th
2. Abram Meagher; 6th
Pembina Nordic Loppet:
- Freya Hik; 2nd & 2nd
- Connor Speer; 6th
- Abram Meagher; 2nd
- Adrienne Dunbar
- Connor Speer; 20km; 6th
- Kyle Melnyck; 20km; 9th
- Abram Meagher; 10km; 2nd
Alberta Cup 5: Interval Skate 10km
- Kat Stone; Senior Women; 1st
- Freya Hik; Senior Women; 2nd
- Conor Speer; Senior Men; 9th
- Abram Meagher; Junior Men; 1st
Alberta Cup 6: Mass Start Classic 10km
- Freya Hik; Senior Women; 1st
- Connor Speer; Senior Men; 5th
- Abram Meagher; Junior Men; 3rd
Temperatures were sublime and trails perfect at the Canmore Nordic Centre for the first official races of the season by the Golden Bears. There was everything from uphill double poling to a 92-man mass start. The three racers we had venture down for these exciting races experienced it all and skied away with some solid early season results. Along with these races we had our own Adrienne Dunbar compete in a 50km ultra here in Edmonton, surviving the cold to finish with her group. For full results from the ski races check out the link below.
http://zone4.ca/results.asp?id=7757 & http://zone4.ca/results.asp?id=7755
Day 1: Classic Individual Start
- Kat Stone; 5km; 20th in Senior Women
- Connor Speer; 10km; 32nd in Senior Men
- Abram Meagher; 10km; 19th in Junior Men
Day 2: Skate Mass Start
- Kat Stone; 10km; 12th in Senior Women
- Connor Speer; 16.5km; 46th in Senior Men
- Abram Meagher; 16.5km; 13th in Junior Men
The first race of the season was great for the Golden Bears and Pandas, with all that competed pulling out solid results and times. The conditions were sublime for early winter racing and the skis were fast enough to provide some competition throughout the field of athletes. In all it was a great preparation weekend for those competing in the upcoming AB Cup/NorAm races this weekend in Canmore. Full results can be found through the link below. Go Bears and Pandas!
1.Kate Stone; 1st
1.Abram Meagher; 4th
2. Connor Speer; 6th
After a long wait for snow, a couple of our Bears and Pandas spent the last weekend in Hinton training with the Augustana Vikings. It was a winter wonderland with lots of snow, great training and awesome camaraderie with our fellow skiers. With temperatures sitting just around zero, the skis ran fairly well across the snow, giving practically ideal conditions for a time trial to the close the camp. The trails there in Hinton are amazing and if any other Bears or Pandas decide to hibernate somewhere that should be the place. Happy skiing, and Go Bears and Pandas!
It was a great night for racing on the Wednesday evening of September 9 with the temperature being ideal for some fast cross country running. The Golden Bear and Panda skiers were there in a strong force spanning across the field, and taking home some great times in the process. For a full set of results check out the link below :-). Unfortunately not every Bear/Panda was registered for this race so some of the names will not be on the list. Enjoy!
Photo credit: http://www.suttonplace.com
This past weekend some of the UofA Nordic Academy skiers traded in their skis and poles for a pair of sneakers to go the distance. On Saturday, August 29 athletes Adrienne Dunbar and Joel Gervais competed in the Trailstoke Ultramarathon in Revelstoke, BC, coming up with solid results in the solo 55km division. To view the full list of results simply follow the link below. Go Golden Bears and Pandas :-D.
The results are in for the Alberta Cup points series and UofA Nordic had a great showing in the results. Congrats and see you all next year.
- Colleen Mortimer: 1st for Masters Women 1&2
- Jenny Patterson: 5th for Senior Women
- Adrienne Dunbar: 6th for Senior Women
- Kat Stone: 10th for Senior Women
- Freya Hik: 2nd for Junior Women
- Kes Carson: 3rd for Junior Women
- Connor Speer: 3rd for Senior Men
- Ryan Alexandruk: 9th for Senior Men
- Ragnar Robinson: 10th for Senior Men
- Abram Meagher: 1st for Junior Men