Carleton women, Lakehead men on top after day 2

Photo by Ron Jason
Photo by Ron Jason

THUNDER BAY, Ont. - With the sun shining and much more ideal conditions, the OUA Nordic Skiing Championships continued at the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre with teams competing in the Relay Classic 3x3km.

The day started with the women, as all eyes were on the Carleton Ravens after their phenomenal performance yesterday in the Interval Start Classic. Zoë Williams of the Ravens opened the race with the fastest lap of 9:57.3. Williams gave her team a significant lead after the first 3km and Alyssa Stowe and Emily Jones carried on the race to give Carleton the gold medal. The Ravens B team also did not disappoint, coming in second place almost 44 second ahead of the third-place Thunderwolves.

On the men’s side, the Nipissing Lakers held the lead for the first two laps until it became a head to head battle between Jordan Cascagnette and Lakehead’s Noah Thompson for the last 3km. An exciting last sprint between the two skiers ended when Cascagnette lunged across the finish line at the last second to win the gold for his team. The Thunderwolves walked away with silver and the Carleton Ravens came in at 27:46.4 to place third.

Full results of the Day 2 Classic Relay can be found here.

After two days of competition, the Carleton Ravens are ranked first on the women’s side, with the Guelph Gryphons in second and the Lakehead Thunderwolves in third. The Thunderwolves men’s team is ranked first with the Carleton Ravens (2nd) and Nipissing Lakers (3rd) not far behind. OUA team points calculations can be found here.

The competition finishes off tomorrow, February 25, with the Men’s 15km Mass Start Free Technique (9:30am) and Women’s 10km Mass Start Free Technique (10:30am). Awards will be handed out Sunday after the race at approximately 12 noon. 

Details about the championship can be found in the 2018 Nordic Skiing Championship Fan Guide.

Women's Relay Classic – 3x3km
Gold – Carleton Ravens A (32:45.5)
Silver -  Carleton Ravens B (33:37.7)
Bronze – Lakehead Thunderwolves A (34:21.2)

Men's Relay Classic – 3x3km
Gold – Nipissing Lakers A (27:33.7)
Silver – Lakehead Thunderwolves A (27:33.9)
Bronze – Carleton Ravens A (27:46.4)