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Author: Hugh Mullally
The Canadian College and University Nordic Championships concluded on Wednesday, with Lakehead’s skiers winning both the women’s and men’s team banners.
The final results of the CCUNC’s four days of races became clear in the wake of Wednesday’s classic long sprints, where the Lakehead men’s top three skiers placed third, fourth and fifth, led by Scott Hill. Laval’s Alexis Morin won the 1.6 km sprint, followed by Carleton’s Colin Abbott.
In the women’s 1.5km classic sprints, Kajsa Heyes of Nipissing placed first, followed by Thunderwolves Alannah Maclean in second and Camille Hamm in third.
After tallying the individual scores from the collection of CCUNC race results, the individual aggregate champion skiers were also Thunderwolves, with Scott Hill tied for first place with Laval’s Frederic Touchette, and Alannah Maclean sharing the individual title with Nipissing’s Kajsa Heyes.
The final team points standings placed the Lakehead women first with 662, while the Nipissing Lakers were the runners-up with 438 points. This was their 12th CCUNC team win.
In terms of the men’s team final standings, Lakehead finished first with 631 points, comfortably beating out the Laval Rouge et Or who placed second with 505 points. The Lakehead men thus regain their CCUNC title that lost narrowly to Laval last season, and make it two title in three years.
Lakehead Nordic Skiing program coordinator Amanda Kates:
“It feels great to come away from our home championships with two banners. Our team worked very hard this year knowing that we would be hosting the national championships and we are very proud of everyone involved in our program for stepping up and delivering these huge results.”
The CCUNC team banners will be presented on Saturday evening at 8:30 pm at the Prince Arthur Hotel, following the 2015 Ski Nationals banquet.
Final Team Standings Women
1. Lakehead 662
2. Nipissing 438
3. Carleton 394
4. Laval 331
5. UBC 93
Final Team Standings Men
1. Lakehead 631
2. Laval 505
3. Carleton 383
4. Nipissing 216
5. Alberta 129
6. Cegep Edouard-Montpetie 104
7. UBC 57