Canadian junior long track champions crowned

Canadian junior long track champions crowned
Canada Cup 3 wraps-up

QUEBEC CITY
– After three days of competition at the Gaétan-Boucher National Centre in Quebec City, from Feb. 1-3, the Canadian junior champions were crowned and the Canada Cup #3 series wrapped-up for senior skaters. Daniel Dubreuil and Isabelle Weidemann Canadian all-round junior champions.

Canadian Junior Long Track Championships

For the all-round title, the women’s cumulative will come from the first 500-metre race, 1,000, 1,500, and 3,000 metres, and for the men it’s the first 500-metre race, 1,000, 1,500, and 5,000 metres.

Hometown skater Daniel Dubreuil, of Lévis, Que., was the Canadian junior all-round champion with 169.127 points. He won the 3,000-metre race, took third place in the 500 metres, seventh in the 1,500 and 13th in the 5,000 metres. Dubreuil, who will represent Canada at the World Junior Championships in Collalbo, Italy, from Feb. 22-24, took the all-round bronze medal in 2012.

After just missing the podium in 2012 with a fourth place finish, Connor McConvey, of Innisfil, Ont., took the silver medal with 171.895 points. He was second in the 3,000 metres, sixth in the 500 metres, ninth in the 5,000 and 20th in the 1,500 metres. Winnipeg’s Jess Neufeld improved on his 2012 seventh place finish by taking the bronze medal. He was third in the 3,000 metres, eighth in the 500, 12th in the 5,000 and 14th in the 1,500 metres.

After finishing eighth all-round in 2012, Ottawa’s Isabelle Weidemann took this year’s title with 180.757 points. She won the 1,500 and 3,000 metres and then placed second in the 500- and 1,000-metre distances.

Noémie Fiset, of Quebec City, was the all-round silver medallist with 182.919 points. Fiset, who will be in Italy for the world championships, won the 500- and 1,000-metre races, and was fourth in the 3,000 and second in the 1,500 metres. Sarah Spence, of Kamloops, B.C., earned the bronze medal with 192.256 points. She was fourth in the 1,000 metres, fifth in the 1,500 and 3,000, and sixth in the 500 metres.

Canada Cup #3

In the men’s 500-metre race, Dustin Miller, of Kitchener, Ont., won in a time of 38.30 seconds. Kyle Parrott of Minnedosa, Man., was second in 38.37 seconds, followed by Quebec City’s Muncef Ouardi in 38.41 seconds. In the women’s draw, Marsha Hudey, of White City, Sask., took first place in 42.15 seconds. Winnipeg’s Shannon Rempel earned second spot with a time of 42.62 and Tamara Oudenaarden, of St. Albert, Alta., was third in 43.39.

The men’s 1,000 metres saw Richard MacLennan, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., won in a time of one minute and 15.65 seconds. Parrot returned to the podium for the silver (1:16.15), as did Miller for the bronze medal (1:16.35). Emilie Lachance, of Quebec City, earned the gold medal with a time of one minutes and 26.79 seconds. Sarah Gregg, of Edmonton, skated to second in 1:27.22, and Hudey was third in 1:27.25.

Laurent Dubreuil, of Lévis, Que., was the best in the 1,500 men’s stopping the clock at 1:57.04. MacLennan claimed his second medal of the weekend with silver for his time of 1:59.92. François Déry, of St. Jean Chrysostome, Que., was the bronze medallist (2:00.37). Gregg skated the fastest women’s 1,500 metres crossing the line in two minutes and 13.49 seconds. Saskatoon’s Hillary Fast took second place in 2:16.00 and Mèryem Labidi was third in 2:16.61.

In the longer distances, Scott Bickerton of Nelson, B.C., won the 5,000 metres in seven minutes and 6.33 seconds. Déry came in second place (7:08.29), and Léo Landry of Chelsea, Que., was third (7:10.92). In the women’s 3,000 metres, Tori Spence, of Kamloops, B.C., earned first place with a time of 4:47.19. Gregg earned her third medal of the Canada Cup with second place in 4:47.89. Ottawa’s Lauren McGuire took third place in 4:52.19.

The Canada Cup circuit wraps up in Calgary from March 7 to 11.