Lakehead wins double gold on Day One of the OUA Nordic Skiing Championship

Lakehead wins double gold on Day One of the OUA Nordic Skiing Championship

(Photo: Marc Lafleur)

(GATINEAU, QC) --  The Lakehead men's and women's Nordic ski teams are off to a terrific start following the completion of Day 1 events at the 2016 OUA Nordic Skiing Championship hosted by Carleton University.

In a combined effort, the Thunderwolves men's and women's teams collected three out of a possible six podium places - including two gold medals - on a chilly afternoon at Nakkertok Nordic Cross Country Ski Club.

The day started well for Lakehead in the men's 7.5 km Interval Free race, as Gavin Shields (18:41.8) claimed the day's first gold medal. Teammate Chris Hamilton (18:46.2) crossed the finish line just behind Shields to place second, while Nipissing's Jordan Cascagnette (18:53.7) rounded out the top three with a bronze medal result.

In the women's 7.5 km Interval Free race, Lakehead's Alysson Marshall (21:12.1) had an outstanding performance as she outpaced the rest of the field by over a minute and a half to capture gold. Carleton's Megan Evans (22:47.6) finished her lap with the second best time of the day to earn a silver medal, and teammate Alex Slobodian (23.01.6) put the Ravens in title contention with a third place result.

While the host Ravens men's team did not earn a medal on Day 1, the team did occupy five of the top ten places in the 7.5 km event and were led by Carrington Pomeroy (19:06.8), who finished in fourth. Carleton's women's team also dominated the 7.5 km top ten list as the group finishe with six top-ten results.

The 2016 OUA Nordic Skiing Championship resumes tomorrow as the men's and women's 3×2.7km Team Relay Classic races take place.

Startlist:
7.5km Interval Free
Full Results:
Men's 7.5 km Interval Free
Women's 7.5 km Interval Free

Men's Top 10 - 7.5 km Interval Free

1

Gavin Shields - Gold

Lakehead

0:00

 00:18:41.8

2

Chris Hamilton - Silver

Lakehead

0:05

00:18:46.2

3

Jordan Cascagnette - Bronze

Nipissing

0:12

00:18:53.7

4

Carrington Pomeroy

Carleton

0:25

00:19:06.8

5

Colin Foley

Queen's

0:34

00:19:14.9

6

Geoffrey Way-Nee

Lakehead

0:42

00:19:22.9

7

Avery Vreugdenhil-Beaucler

Carleton

0:51

00:19:32.5

8

Brendon Howard

Carleton

0:54

00:19:35.2

9

Patrick Van Walraven

Carleton

0:55

00:19:35.9

10

Nelson Allan

Carleton

0:59

00:19:40.7

Women's Top 10 - 7.5 km Interval Free

1

Alysson Marshall - Gold

Lakehead

0:00

00:21:12.1

2

Megan Evans - Silver

Carleton

1:36

00:22:47.6

3

Alexandra Slobodian - Bronze 

Carleton

1:50

00:23:01.6

4

Jessica Demers

Nipissing

1:55

00:23:06.3

5

Bryana Van Leeuwen

Lakehead

2:08

00:23:19.3

6

Alyssa Stowe

Carleton

2:18

00:23:29.6

7

Emily Jones

Carleton

2:19

00:23:30.4

8

Emilie Stewart-Jones

Carleton

2:20

00:23:31.2

9

Laura Inkila

Carleton

2:25

00:23:37.1

10

Ashley Huet

Guelph

2:37

00:23:48.6