Day one of Fall World Cup Team Trials for Long Track Speed Skating

Day one of Fall World Cup Team Trials for Long Track Speed Skating

Photo credit: Dave Holland www.daveholland.ca

Calgary, October 17, 2013 – Jamie Gregg of Edmonton and Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., won the 500 metre events at Speed Skating Canada’s fall World Cup trials at The Olympic Oval on Thursday.

Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa captured the women’s 3,000 metres and Lucas Makowsky of Regina claimed the men’s 5,000.

The competition runs through to Sunday, Oct. 20th. It is a selection competition for Canada’s fall World Cup contingent. The opening World Cup event is Nov. 8-10 in Calgary.

Nesbitt had a two-race combined time of 76.49 seconds. Marsha Hudey of Regina was second in 76.93 and Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg of Red Deer, Alta., was third in 77.24.

Kaylin Irvine of Calgary placed fourth, and Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg fifth to qualify for Canada’s other two women’s 500 spots for the upcoming World Cup schedule.

Nesbitt was happy with her performance.

“Especially the second race,” she said. “I had a great lap, so it was a great way to finish the day.”

Gregg, finished in 69.20, followed by William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask and Gilmore Junio of Calgary, was third.

Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., placed fourth and Alex St-Jean of Québec, Que., finished fifth. Canada has five spots in the men’s 500 for the fall World Cup schedule.

Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, who is the current world record holder at that distance and was making his return to competition after a three-year absence, placed 11th. Wotherspoon had to do a re-skate after colliding with his fellow skater at the crossover of his first race.

Blondin won with a time of four minutes, 13.00 seconds. Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg finished second in 4:13.38, with Lauren McGuire, also of Ottawa, placed third in 4:15.40. Also claiming top five qualifying spots were Brianne Tutt of Airdrie and Nicole Garrido of Edmonton in fourth and fifth respectively.

Makowsky’s winning time was 6:28.73. Jordan Belchos of Toronto was second in 6:30.09 and Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., third in 6:34.09. Canada has three spots for the fall World Cup schedule in men’s 5,000.

Blondin said she was happy with her placing, but disappointed somewhat with her time. "I think the nerves got to me a bit since it was the first real race of the season. I went for it hard at the beginning and tried to hold onto it as long as I could for lap times and in the end I'm happy with first place. It could be better," she said.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, Oct. 18

2:15 p.m. — Ladies 1,000

2:40 p.m. — Men 1,000

Saturday, Oct. 19

2:30 p.m. — Ladies 1,500

3:20 p.m. — Men 1,500

Sunday, Oct. 20

1:50 p.m. — Ladies 5,000

2:45 p.m. — Men 10,000

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