Klassen & Miron win Canadian sprint speed skating titles.

Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg and Brock Miron of Calgary each earned their first career Canadian long track speed skating sprint titles on Friday.

Klassen, 23, totalled 153.150 point over four races (two 500-metres and two 1,000-metres) for the gold medal. Defending champion Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg, who posted three personal best times in four races, was second at 154.735 and Kim Weger of Regina was third at 156.005.

"It’s pretty neat to win the sprint title," said Klassen, who has won all three World Cup 1,500 races this winter and earned the Olympic bronze in the 3,000 last season. "The biggest adjustment in the sprints is you have to go all out the entire the race. You have to get off the line quick and your fast twitch muscles have to be working."

Olympic champion Catriona Le May Doan of Saskatoon completed a golden sweep in the 500 races on Friday clocking 37.66 seconds. Klassen was second in 38.77 and Rempel third in 38.98.

In the 1,000, Klassen earned her second win clocking 1:15.57 with Rempel second in 1:16.16 and Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg third in 1:17.45. Le May Doan, who’s been battling back problems this season, did not race the 1,000.

On the men’s side, Miron emerged as the overall sprint champion with 142.265 points. Éric Brisson of Ste-Foy, Que., was second in 142.875 and James Monson of Winnipeg third in 142.895.

Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., the winner of all four World Cup 500 races this season, earned victories in both the 500 and 1,000 Friday. In the 500, he equalled his Canadian record of 34.52. Brisson was second in 35.64 and Monson third in 35.67.

In the 1,000, Wotherspoon, who did not race Thursday, clocked 1:08.25 with Jason Parker of Yorkton, Sask., second and Monson third.

Mire Ireland of Winnipeg, the overall leader after the first day of competition, did not race Friday due to a groin injury, which has bothered him all season.

"I know Mike and Jeremy only competed in half the races but I’m still delighted with the win," said Miron, 22, who’ll make his senior international debut next weekend at the Salt Lake City World Cup. "I got a personal best in the 500 yesterday (Thursday) but the 1,000’s need to be more consistent."

The sprint nationals will help determine the seven-member Canadian team for the world sprint championships January 18-19 in Calgary. Wotherspoon and Le May Doan have pre-qualified for the team.

Competition continues Saturday with the all around event.

Friday’s results at the Canadian long track speed skating championships in Calgary:

MEN

Sprints

500: 1. Jeremy Wotherspoon, Red Deer, Alta., 34.52; 2. Éric Brisson, Ste-Foy, Que., 35.644; 3. James Monson, Winnipeg, 35.67; 4. Mark Nielsen, Calgary, 35.86; 5. Brock Miron, Calgary, 35.87; 6. Sterling Sobczak, Winnipeg, 36.16; 7. Ian Houghton, Abbotsford, B.C., 36.19; 8. Kevin Marshall, Coquitlam, B.C., 36.27; 9. Jason Parker, Yorkton, Sask., 36.29; 10. Vincent Labrie, Quebec, 36.37.

1,000: 1. Wotherspoon, 1:08.25; 2. Parker, 1:10.10; 3. Monson, 1:10.44; 4. Mark Wild, Cambridge, Ont., 1:10.92; 5. Brock Miron, 1:10.94; 6. Houghton, 1:10.94; 7. Jean-René Bélanger, Sherbrooke, Que., 1:11.46; 8. Jeff Kitura, B.C., 1:11.54; 9. Brisson, 1:11.59; 10. Cailean Duggan, Ontario, 1:11.91.

Overall sprints (final): 1. Miron, 142.265; 2. Brisson, 142.875; 3. Monson, 142.895; 4. Parker, 143.165; 5. Sobczak, 143.780; 6. Houghton, 144.305; 7. Wild, 144.310; 8. Labrie, 145.100; 9. Nielsen, 145.925; 10. Chris Sherman, Calgary, 147.305.

WOMEN

Sprints

500: 1. Catriona Le My Doan, Saskatoon, 37.66; 2. Cindy Klassen, Winnipeg, 38.77; 3. Shannon Rempel, Winnipeg, 38.98; 4. Kim Weger, Regina, 39.05; 5. Krisy Myers, Lloydminster, Sask., 39.09; 6. Sarah Smith, Calgary, 39.36; 7. Kerry Simpson, Saskatchewan, 39.71; 8. Danielle Wotherspoon, Red Deer, 39.79; 9. Brittany Schussler, Winnipeg, 40.06è 10. Marie-Josée Ares-Pilon, Calgary, 40.39.

1,000: 1. Klassen, 1:15.57; 2. Rempel, 1:16.16; 3. Schussler, 1:17.45; 4. Weger, 1:17.64; 5. Myers, 1:17.74; 6. Wotherspoon, 1:17.97; 7. Smith, 1:18.81; 8. Marilou Asselin, Quebec, 1:20.46; 9. Ares-Pilon, 1:20.74; 10. Mireille Savard, Quebec, 1:21.36.

Overall sprint (final): 1. Klassen, 153.150 points; 2. Rempel, 154.735; 3. Weger, 156.005; 4. Myers, 156.260; 5. Schussler, 158.275; 6. Wotherspoon, 158.355; 7. Smith, 158.950; 8. Ares-Pilon, 163.305; 9. Savard, 164.780; 10. Andrea Gordon, B.C., 164.935.