Jessica Hewitt & Liam McFarlane Take Canadian Short Track Titles in the 500m

Jessica Hewitt (Kamloops, BC) and Liam McFarlane (Medicine Hat, AB) were the fastest skaters on the ice, today, at the 2010 Canadian Short Track Championship, and they were crowned Canadian Champions in the 500m at the end of the day.

The women’s final was extremely eventful, with numerous passes from start to finish. In the end, Hewitt was first to cross the line in 45.415. It took some time and a serious look to the photo finish to determine the second place finisher. In the end, Gabrielle Waddell (Red Deer, AB) passed Marie-Andrée Mendes-Campeau (Montreal, QC) at the finish and crossed the line in 45.534, just 0.001 second ahead. Marie-Ève Drolet (Laterrière, QC) took the fourth place in 45.645.

There was a little less action in the men’s final, as McFarlane and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (Sherbrooke, QC) took off extremely fast, while Rémi Beaulieu (Alma, QC) and Vincent Cournoyer (Boucherville, QC) had to chase them down. Beaulieu worked hard at preparing an inside pass on Boisvert-Lacroix with one lap to go, and he was closing in on McFarlane at the finish, but he was just short, and the Albertan won the race in 41.829. Beaulieu’s move was good enough for second place in 41.840. He was followed at the line by Boisvert-Lacroix (42.120) and Cournoyer (42.161).

The Canadian Championships will come to an end tomorrow, after athletes battle it out for the 1000m and 3000m crowns at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal starting at 9:30am.