UBC currently in top 10 at cross country skiing nationals

Robert Ragotte

Whistler, BC – On Saturday the Canadian Ski Nationals got underway starting with the Canadian College and University teams facing off in the team sprint. Kirsten Bock (100 Mile House, BC) and Solen Roth (Ottawa, ON) joined forces for this grueling race. The team sprint is a six-lap race where each racer skis one lap before tagging to their partner, each skier completing three laps total. The UBC Women produced a solid 10th place result.

Next up were the UBC men. Alistair Hardy-Poirier (West Vancouver, BC) started on the first leg of the race. The men quickly were separated into two distinct groups with the top five teams getting away from the rest of the field. Hardy-Poirier tagged off to Robert Ragotte (Brampton, ON) who continued battling with Lakehead, University of Alberta and Laval. On Hardy-Poirier’s last lap, he successfully made a gap on the Lakehead and University of Alberta teams, handing off to Ragotte in sixth place. Unfortunately, Ragotte faded badly on his last lap and came through for ninth place.

Sunday’s races were individual start freestyle races. UBC once again produced solid results. On the women’s side, Bock and Roth came through for 22nd and 26th respectively behind Andrea Lee a skier with the National Development Centre and Lakehead University. Ragotte, Hardy-Poirier and Adam Woods (Vancouver, BC) placed 20th, 21st and 26th behind winner Harry Seaton who won the 10km race in a blistering time of 22:56. Seaton also skis with the National Development Centre and Lakehead University.

The races continue on Tuesday with individual start classic races and Thursday with individual sprints. UBC athletes will be looking to produce top ten results individually in these races.

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