Groves & Warsylewicz crowned overall champions at 2004 Canada Post All Round Canadian Championships

Olympic medallist Clara Hughes of Glen Sutton, Que., won the women’s 5,000 metre final but it wasn’t enough to dislodge Ottawa’s Kristina Groves from first place overall on Monday at the 2004 Canada Post All Round Canadian Championships long track speed skating competition.

Hughes, who was paired with Groves, clocked seven minutes and 05.31 seconds for the win in the 5,000. Groves was second in 7:10.81 and Cindy Overland of Kitchener, Ont., was third in 7:25.66.

Groves, who won the 3,000 and 1,500 metre races on the weekend, wrapped up her first career Canadian all round title with 164.187 points. Hughes, last year’s champion, was second at 165.869 and Overland third at 167.765.

“Kristina stepped it up a notch in the shorter distances and that was the difference,” said Hughes. “There was just too much of a gap to make up. But I was happy with my race today. I had a good feeling about it and that better things are still to come.”

Hughes and Groves were among four skaters named to the Canadian women’s team for the world all round championships February 7-8 in Hamar, Norway. The others are Overland and Tara Risling of Medicine Hat, Alta.

“I’m ahead of where I was last year at this time,” said Groves, fourth overall at the all round worlds last winter which was won by Winnipeg’s Cindy Klassen, who is injured this season. “My top end speed in particular is very good right now.”

On the men’s side, Regina teenager Justin Warsylewicz broke two more Canadian junior records and emerged as the surprise winner in the overall standings.

In the men’s 10,000 metre final, Arne Dankers of Calgary earned his second gold medal in two days clocking 13 minutes and 48.54 seconds. Warsylewicz, 18, broke the Canadian junior record clocking 14:08.80 for second spot while veteran Steven Elm of Red Deer, Alta., was third in 14:08.92.

“The toughest part for me in the 10,000 is the mental aspect,” said Dankers. “It’s very hard to keep your focus from the start until the end.”

Warsylewicz took first overall at 155.838 points, also a national junior mark, Elm was second at 156.072 and Jay Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., was third at 156.742. Dankers fell in the 1,500 on the weekend which put him out of contention for the overall title.

“I never expected this could happen,” said Warsylewicz, who moved to Calgary last year to train at the Olympic Oval. “But I guess I was the most consistent guy out there and I had four good solid races. I was most pleased with my 5,000 (on Sunday).”

The Canadian men must qualify for the all round worlds through the Continental championships in two weeks in Calgary. The team for the Continentals was named Monday and consists of Dankers, Warsylewicz, Elm, Morrison, Dustin Molicki of Calgary and Jamie Ivey of Ottawa.


Monday’s leading results at the 2004 Canada Post All Round Canadian Championships long track speed skating competition:


MEN


10,000


1. Arne Dankers, Calgary, 13:48.54

2. Justin Warsylewicz, Regina, 14:08.80

3. Steven Elm, Red Deer, Alta., 14:08.92

4. Jamie Ivey, Ottawa, 14:14.99

5. Tyler Johnston, Moose Jaw, Sask., 14:18.76

6. Jay Morrison, Fort St. John, B.C., 14:23.53

7. Marcin Goszczynski, Calgary, 14:27.85

8. Mark Jesney, Saskatoon, 14:35.10

9. Dustin Molicki, Calgary, 14:35.81

10. Jeff Kitura, Langley, B.C., 14:40.54.



Overall (final)


1. Justin Warsylewicz, Regina, 155.838

2. Steven Elm, Red Deer, Alta., 156.072

3. Jay Morrison, Fort St. John, B.C., 156.742

4. Dustin Molicki, Calgary, 157.103

5. Jamie Ivey, Ottawa, 157.772

6. Jeff Kitura, Langley, B.C., 158.914

7. Tyler Johnston, Moose Jaw, Sask., 159.481

8. Marcin Goszczynski, Calgary,, 159.996

9. Mark Jesney, Saskatoon, 161.568

10. Adam McCabe, Chatham, Ont., 162.135.



WOMEN



5,000


1. Clara Hughes, Glen Sutton, Que., 7:05.31

2. Kristina Groves, Ottawa, 7:10.81

3. Cindy Overland, Kitchener, Ont., 7:25.66

4. Tara Risling, Medicine Hat, Alta., 7:26.69

5. Michelle D’Amours, Ste-Foy, Que., 7:33.77

6. Alexandra Wrubleski, Regina, 7:37.22

7. Marilou Asselin, Quebec City, 7:39.03

8. Kerry Simpson, Melville, Sask., 7:39.38

9. Tiffany Hughes, Kingston, Ont., 7:41.68

10. Selena Elm, Red Deer, Alta., 7:50.54.



Overall (final)


1. Kristina Groves, Ottawa, 164.187

2. Clara Hughes, Glen Sutton, Que., 165.869

3. Cindy Overland, Kitchener, Ont., 167.765

4. Tara Risling, Medicine Hat, Alta., 168.685

5. Kerry Simpson, Melville, Sask., 169.226

6. Tiffany Hughes, Kingston, Ont., 171.001

7. Marilou Asselin, Quebec City, 172.274

8. Michelle D’Amours, Ste-Foy, Que., 172.509

9. Alexandra Wrubleski, Regina, 174.118

10. Chelsey Parker, Regina, 174.456.



Canadian team for world all round championships February 7-8 in Hamar, Norway:


Men: to be decided at Continental Championships


Women:


Kristina Groves, Ottawa

Clara Hughes, Glen Sutton, Que.

Cindy Overland, Kitchener, Ont.

Tara Risling, Medicine Hat, Alta.


Canadian team for the Continental Championships January 17-18 in Calgary:


Men:


Arne Dankers, Calgary

Justin Warsylewicz, Regina

Steven Elm, Red Deer, Alta.

Jay Morrison, Fort St. John, B.C.

Dustin Molicki, Calgary

Jamie Ivey, Ottawa.


Women:


Kristina Groves, Ottawa

Clara Hughes, Glen Sutton, Que.

Cindy Overland, Kitchener, Ont.

Tara Risling, Medicine Hat, Alta.

Tiffany Hughes, Kingston, Ont.

Michelle D’Amours, Ste-Foy, Que.