Gregg adds another win, while Irvine takes the 1000 m - Day two of Fall World Cup Trials, Calgary

Gregg adds another win, while Irvine takes the 1000 m - Day two of Fall World Cup Trials, Calgary

Photo credit: Dave Holland www.daveholland.ca

Calgary, October 18, 2013 – Jamie Gregg added a win in the 1000 m on Friday to his 500 m victory the day before at Speed Skating Canada’s Fall World Cup Trials at the Calgary Olympic Oval.

Kaylin Irvine of Calgary won the women’s 1000 m on Friday.

Gregg, who is from Edmonton, posted a time of one minute, 8.36 seconds to edge William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., who skated to a 1:08.39 time. Gilmore Junio of Calgary was third in 1:08.63. Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg was fourth and Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, Que., fifth.

Gregg is thrilled with his two skates at the trials.

“It’s been a pretty good start to the week. There’s still some thing's I can improve on, but I’m going fast so I must be doing something right,” he said.

Canada has five men’s spots available at that distance for the fall World Cup schedule. Denny Morrison has applied for a bye onto the team because of an injury that is preventing him from competing this week. SSC’s High Performance Committee will confirm the berths later this week following the conclusion of the competition.

Irvine skated a 1:15.80 on Friday. Kali Christ of Regina, Sask., took second in 1:15.97, followed by Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg, third in 1:16.83. Heather McLean, also of Winnipeg, was fourth.

Canada has five women’s 1000 m spots available. One has already been claimed by Christine Nesbitt, who pre-qualified at the 2013 world single distance championships in Sochi, Russia, which were held at the 2014 Winter Olympics venue in March. Nesbitt did not compete on Friday but will skate the 1500 m on Saturday despite also pre-qualifying at that distance.

Christ too will race in the 1500 m Saturday even though she pre-qualified with a top five showing in Sochi.

“I’ve done one 1500 m this year and it wasn’t good, so I want to get another practice race in,” Christ said.

Top five racers in all distances at the these Trials will qualify to race in the first four World Cups, except the men’s 5000 m and 10,000 m (only three skaters will be named to the Canadian team).

The World Cup season opens in Calgary with World Cup #1, which is followed by Salt Lake City, Astana, Kazakhstan, and Berlin, Germany. More info: http://www.speedskating.ca/world-cups-–-long-track

SCHEDULE:

Saturday, Oct. 19

2:30 p.m. — Ladies 1500 m

3:20 p.m. — Men’s 1500 m

Sunday, Oct. 20

1:50 p.m. — Ladies 5000 m

2:45 p.m. — Men’s 10,000 m