Haywood RACE Report: Dahria Beatty and Jesse Cockney are Haywood NorAm Sprint Free Champions

    January 9, 2018

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    Day 3 of the 2018 Haywood NorAm in Mont Sainte-Anne was filled with exciting action as the athletes took on the free technique sprint races. Today’s race were selection races for World Junior & U23 Championships.

    The day started in a magical winter wonderland with light snow falling and -8C as the qualifier got underway. The course today was another challenging one with 2 major climbs, and a steep descent that brought a few tumbles near the bottom.


    Skibec’s Catherine Reed-Métayer was the fastest Junior Women in qualification with a time of 3 :45.07, followed 3 seconds later by Hollyburn’s Annika Richardson & Hannah Mehain of Sovereign Lake. In the Senior Women qualifier,  Maya Macisaac-Jones of RMR found the top gear to finish in 3 :33.98 with Zina Kocher of Foothills Nordic and Cendrine Browne of Fondeurs-Laurentides right behind her.  

    On the Men’s side, Junior Graham Ritchie of Big Thunder Nordic had the fastest time comin in at 3 :01.05 followed by Antoine Cyr of Skinouk & Reed Godfrey of Canmore Nordic. Knute Johnsgaard of Whitehorse, Olivier Hamel of Skibec & Bob Thompson from Team Hardwood were the top Senior Men with Knute setting the pace with 2 :57 :37.

    Results Qualifications

    The sun came out just in time to turn up the heat for the finals sprint action.


    A thrilling quarter finals for the Junior Women saw all of the top qualifiers win their heats to move onto the semi-finals. The 2 lucky losers were Tove Halvorsen of Nakkertok Nordique & Hannah Shields of Lappe Nordic. In the semis, Catherine Reed-Métayer & Annika Richardson, the top 2 qualifiers today, once again won their heats to move on to the final, with Lisle Compton of Kenora Nordic & Elizabeth Elliott of Revelstoke making it thru to the A-final as lucky losers. After taking the 2nd fastest time in qualifying, Annika Richardson of Hollyburn was in perfect form today to take the win ahead of Elizabeth Elliott of Revelstoke Nordic & Catherine Reed-Métayer of Skibec rounded up the podium. Annika now appears to have secured a spot on the World Junior Championships Team. Congratulations!

    Junior Women Podium

    The top 4 Senior Women in qualification – Maya Macisaac-Jones, Zina Kocher, Cendrine Browne, Dahria Beatty - continued to lead in each of their quarterfinals with Laurence Dumais who had the 15th fastest time in the qualifier. Mia Serratorre of Big Thunder and Marie Corriveau of Club Nordique MSA were the lucky losers to move on. Dahria Beatty of Whitehorse & Cendrine Browne of Fondeurs-Laurentides took the lead in semis with Laura Leclair of Chelsea Nordiq & Sophie Carrier-Laforte of  Skinouk moving thru to the A Final. Dahria showed once again her sprint talent by landing on top of the podium, with Cendrine Browne taking second and Zina Kocher 3rd.

    Senior Women Podium

    In the Junior Men’s finals, some tight battles were had at the front in the quarterfinals. Graham Ritchie of Big Thunder, Félix Longpré of Club Nordique MSA, Leo Grandbois of Orford, Antoine Cyr of Skinouk & Reed Godfrey of Canmore Nordic all won their heats to move on to semis with lucky losers Noah Thompson of Big Thunder & Pierrick Sarthou of Montériski. In the final heat action, Antoine Cyr nailed a back-to-back win over Graham Ritchie & Étienne Hébert of Montériski. With Antoine Cyr having already secured his spot on the World Junior team with yesterday’s gold, Graham Ritchie has a strong chance to join him in Switzerland.

    Junior Men Podium

    The Senior Men finals saw great action & thrills as we neared the end of the day. Joey Foster of Barrie XC, Jess Cockney of Foothills, Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier of Fondeurs-Laurentides, Olivier Hamel of Skibec and Bob Thompson of Team Hardwood lead the way into the semi finals with Andy Shields of Lappe Nordic & Fergus Foster of Big Thunder moving on as lucky losers. In the second semi-final, Angus Foster was having a great race when he came down hard at the bottom of the steep hill but managed to finish the race to take part in the B-Final where he got unlucky again with 2 broken poles at the start. Ricardo & Bob moved ahead into the A-Final along with the top 2 of each semis. It was yet another exciting finish where we saw a second tumble in the same tricky slope  - this time for Ricardo who was unfortunately at the front. Jess Cockney made it to the line first followed by Andy Shields & Bob Thompson in third. The 4th at the line was also the 1st U23 in the Men’s, and it was an emotional finish for Olivier Hamel who finally punched his ticket to World U23 Championships after a few unsuccessful years of selections for the big competition.Congratulations Olivier!

    Senior Men Podium


    The Haywood NorAm in Mont Sainte-Anne concludes tomorrow with distance selection races for OWG & World Jr-U23 Championships.

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