Source: Cross Country Canada
Canmore, Alta.-Canada’s Phil Widmer won his first ever Haywood NorAm race, while Beckie Scott sprinted her way into familiar territory on top of the podium at a Haywood NorAm event on the World Cup track in Canmore, Alta. on Saturday.
Widmer, of Banff, Alta., made his first tracks to the top step of the podium in the sprint discipline at the second Haywood NorAm event of the season. In just two races, the 22-year-old Widmer is proving he is one of the top up-and-comers in the sport. He also claimed a silver medal last weekend at the season opener in British Columbia.
“It’s nice to finally have a win – I came close last weekend. I was a little more patient this week, I knew I could do it, and it paid off,” said Widmer, who is competing in just his third year at the senior level, and will race in his first ever World Cup next week. “This course flows really well, but it is challenging. I’m looking forward to my first World Cup race.”
Other medal winners on the men’s side of the draw include: Drew Goldsack, of Red Deer, Alta., who was the second fastest to cross the line behind Widmer; while Chris Jeffries, of Chelsea, Que., maintains his overall lead of the Haywood NorAm series after finishing third.
Meanwhile, Beckie Scott, who was making her season racing debut under extremely cold temperatures on Saturday, led wire-to-wire in the women’s division of the Madshus sprint competition. Scott, of Vermilion, Alta., led the international field during the qualification around, and was first to cross the line in the head-to-head finals.