Short track racers vie for Canadian team trial spots

Day two at the Oval Short Track Invitational I brought some fast action and a few crashes to the speed skating short track.

Calgary’s Kylee Toth won the 500-metre race with a time of 46.6 seconds, moving her into the top Canadian spot and a possible berth to the National Short Track Team Trials.

The top four male and female Canadian skaters from the Oval Invitational will move on to compete in the Team Trials set for November 19 to 21 in Calgary.

A number of falls mixed up the women’s ranking from day one. British Columbia’s Jessica Hewitt and Ontario’s Erin Copeland maintained their top placements while Tara Kergan from Saskatchewan joined the pursuit to qualify.

Top finishes in the 500 metre kept Ontario’s Richard Shoebridge and British Columbia’s Cory Rasmussen in contention for a team trail spot. British Columbia racer Michael Friesen’s first place finish in 500 metre, with the fastest time of the day of 41.96 seconds, moved his ranking to third place. Alan McIlveen of Alberta maintained a hold on one of the final four spots.

Competition continues at the Olympic Oval with the 1000-metre and 3000-metre races on Sunday.

Races begin at 9 a.m. with finals set for 12:45 p.m.

Admission is free to the public. Competition results are posted on-line at


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