Bucsis & Gregg top Canadians at all distances World Cup

Bucsis and Gregg top Canadians at all distances World Cup in the Netherlands

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands
– Calgary’s Anastasia Bucsis and Jamie Gregg of Edmonton were Canada’s top skaters today, both finishing in 12th place in their respective races at the all distances ISU World Cup in Heerenveen, the Netherlands.

Today’s World Cup races featured the second 500 metres, as well as the women’s 1,500 and men’s 10,000-metre distance. The competition wraps-up Sunday with the men’s and women’s 1,000 metres and mass start.

Bucsis moved up four spots from her 16th place finish in yesterday’s 500 metres. She was 12th today in a time of 38.89 seconds. Danielle Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., won the division B 500 metres in a time of 39.22 seconds. Teammate Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg was ninth (40.21). Wotherspoon was fourth and Rempel was 10th in yesterday’s 500 metres.

In the women’s division B 1,500-metre race, Regina’s Kali Christ took first place in a time two minutes and 0.81 seconds. Tori Spence of Kamloops, B.C., was 11th (2:08.90).

As with yesterday’s 500 metres, Gregg was Canada’s top skater finishing 12th in a time of 35.31 seconds. Gilmore Junio of Calgary crossed the finish line in 35.50 seconds for 14th place and Will Dutton of Humbolt, Sask., was 21st (35.99). Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que., who won yesterday division B 500 metres, was 17th today in division A in a time of 35.65 seconds. Muncef Ouardi of Quebec City took fourth spot (35.93) again today in division B.

In the men’s division B 10,000-metre distance, Toronto’s Jordan Belchos was seventh logging 13 minutes and 40.60 seconds. Winnipeg’s Stefan Waples was 13th (14:10.13) and Scott Bickerton of Nelson, B.C., was 14th (14:35.95).

The long track schedule continues with the World Cup Final from March 9-11, in Berlin. The long track season wraps-up in Heerenveen with the World Single Distance Championships, March 22-25. The skaters for these two competitions will be announced at a later time.

The World Cup Podium Tracker by Intact Insurance is up to $43,000 (21 gold medals, 15 silver and seven bronze). Intact Insurance will award $1,000 in cash and prizes to a local speed skating club with each individual medal win. Last season, Intact Insurance awarded more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.