Continental CupRacingFriday Rundown: Canadian Eastern Championships

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2019 Easterns classic sprint podium (L to R): Katie Weaver (5th), Laura Leclair (2nd), Zoë Williams (1st), Mia Serratore (3rd), Annika Richardson (4th). (Photo: Marten Burns)
2019 Easterns classic sprint podium (L to R): Katie Weaver (5th), Laura Leclair (2nd), Zoë Williams (1st), Mia Serratore (3rd), Annika Richardson (4th). (Photo: Marten Burns)

The NorAm series rolled on with Easterns, hosted by Highlands Nordic in Duntroon, Ontario, with 1.5km classic sprints.  The weather cooperated, despite a massive cold front sweeping through much of North America, allowing for comfortable racing after a delayed start. There were over 340 racers registered for Friday’s races, with more racers and younger categories waiting for Saturday.

On the women’s side, Zoë Williams (Nakkertok) continued her strong start to 2019 with her first NorAm win, beating top qualifier Laura Leclair (CNEPH) and Mia Serratore (Big Thunder).

Easterns 2019, mens classic sprint podium (L to R): Étienne Hébert (5th), Dominique Moncion-Groulx-Groulx (2nd), Julien Locke (1st), Antoine Briand (3rd), Andy Shields (4th). (Photo: Marten Burns)
Easterns 2019, mens classic sprint podium (L to R): Étienne Hébert (5th), Dominique Moncion-Groulx (2nd), Julien Locke (1st), Antoine Briand (3rd), Andy Shields (4th). (Photo: Marten Burns)

Julien Locke (CNST) doubled up with the fastest qualification time and an A final win. Dominique Moncion-Groulx (Team R.A.D.) took second ahead of early leader Antoine Briand (CNEPH). Briand won the US SuperTour in Lake Placid last weekend.

“It was a surprisingly beautiful day up at Highlands today,” Locke wrote in an email to FasterSkier. “After being greeted by howling winds and -18, today’s sunny -12 was a treat to race in.”

Official results were not yet available at 7pm local time. More details coming in the weekend wrap-up on Monday.

Official results were delayed.
Official results were delayed.

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