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Nordic Teams Ready for OUA’s

| News, Nordic Skiing

Lakehead skiers are in the Ottawa region for OUA Championships this weekend, being hosted by Carleton University at the Nakkertok Nordic Ski Club.

Conditions should be a challenge for the ever-important wax teams, who will inspect the newly fallen 50 cm of snow Ottawa got earlier this week in an effort to give their respective squads an edge on the trails. While very snowy, the conditions are a welcome change from last year’s freeze-out in North Bay that saw the Championships cut short due to extreme cold.

Geoff_Way-NeeLakehead’s women’s team is going for their 12th straight OUA championship, while the men’s team will attempt to regain the OUA title that eluded them last season. It will be a daunting task for both teams, as they will be without two of their top skiers, Sadie White and Scott Hill, who are representing Canada at the World U23 and Jr. championships in Romania.

Nonetheless, Lakehead coach Leif Lennie is confident that his team will make a case for another duo of championships banners.

“It’s certainly a different challenge when your best skiers are off representing Canada at the global scale, and we are left leaning on the rest of our squad, but that’s what teammates are there for, to step up for one another when the opportunity presents itself. This weekend is that opportunity for lots of skiers.”

Rookie Alysson Marshall is the standout thus far for the Lakehead women’s team, while she will be complemented by Camille Hamm, Bryana van Leeuwen and Nicole Dumonski.

One the Lakehead men’s team, Colin Pendziwol and Geoff Way-Nee (photo left) lead the men’s men’s team, which is rounded out by Gavin Shields, Sean Carter, Chris Hamilton, Hayden Gorman and Lucas Shewen.

The first races of the championship will be the men’s and women’s 7.5 km Interval Free, taking place on Friday, Feb. 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively. Saturday, Feb. 20 will showcase the men’s 3×3 km team relay at 10:00 a.m. and the women’s 3×3 km team relay at 11:00 a.m.The final events will take place Sunday, Feb. 21, as the women’s 10 km mass start is set to take place at 9:00 a.m. and the men’s 10 km mass start is to begin at 10:00 a.m.

Lakehed Nordic Skiing Rosters

Alysson Marshall
Camille Hamm
Nicole Dumonski
Bryana van Leeuwen
Gavin Shields
Chris Hamilton
Sean Carter
Hayden Gorman
Geoff Way-Nee
Lucas Shewen
Colin Pendziwol

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