NEWS: Fall World Cup Long Track Trials wrapped-up today

CALGARY – On the last day of Speed Skating Canada’s Fall World Cup Long Track Trials at Calgary’s Olympic Oval, the featured races were the men’s and women 500-metre, the 5,000-metre distance for women and 10,000-metre for men. (Results in PDF and from Calgary Olympic Oval) Development team member Anastasia Bucsis of Alberta took the top spot in the two-race total for the women’s 500-metre trial with a combined time of 76.24 seconds (38.320; 37.927). National team member Shannon Rempel (38.504; 38.440) was second, 0.70 seconds behind, and Tamara Oudenaarden (38.830; 38.760) of Alberta was third (1.35 seconds back). Oudenaarden is on the development squad. In the men’s 500 metres races, national team skater Jamie Gregg was first with a combined time of 70.00 seconds (35.038; 34.963), followed 0.06 seconds later by Gilmore Junio (35.276; 34.784) of Alberta and Laurent Dubreuil (35.301; 35.207) of Quebec in third. Tyler Derraugh (35.468; 35.182) of Manitoba was fourth and William Dutton (35.461; 35.367) from Saskatchewan was fifth. Derraugh, Dutton and Gilmore are on the development team. Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg won her fourth race of the trials, placing first in the women’s 5,000-metre in a time of 7:12.34. Nicole Garrido of Alberta was second and national team member Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa was third. Tori Spence and Keara Maguire, both from B.C., were fourth and fifth, respectively. In the men’s 10,000-metre race, development team member Jordan Belchos of Ontario was first in a time of 13:22.61. Stefan Waples of Manitoba was second, clocking in at 13:46.48, and Scott Bickerton of B.C. was third inn 14:04.45. The trials will be used to identify the team for the first three World Cup competitions. The first World Cup event for the long track team is Friday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 20 in Chelyabinsk, Russia, quickly followed by the second competition in Astana, Kazakhstan, from Friday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 27. The third World Cup is again only a couple of the days later running from Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 4 in Heerenveen, Netherlands. - end -