MacCulloch Keely

Keely MacCulloch of Calgary


(ISN) – OSRBLIE, Slovakia (CIS) – Canadian biathletes were competing in their second event of the 2015 Winter Universiade on Tuesday and Keely MacCulloch of Calgary once again posted the best result for the red and white contingent.

The biathlon and Nordic skiing events of the 27th FISU Winter Games take place in Slovakia until Feb. 1st, while all other competitions will be staged in Granada, Spain from Feb. 3 to 14. Canada only competes in biathlon during the initial leg.

MacCulloch, who finished 37th in the women’s 15-kilometre on Sunday, placed 40th in the 7.5 km sprint with a score of 25:04.7. The University of Alberta Augustana Campus student ended the race three spots ahead of teammate Jessica Paterson, a U of A student from St. Albert, Alta., who registered a time of 26:04.0.

In the men’s 10 km sprint, Reagan Mills, a UPEI student from Truro, N.S., was the top Canuck in 29:28.2, good for 48th position. He was followed at the finish line by University of Saskatchewan student Evan Girard of Oxbow, Sask., who was 51st in 30:27.1; Sasha Eccleston of Hinton, Alta. (U of A – Augustana), who was 54th in 30:40.5; and Sam West of Grand Prairie, Alta. (UNBC), who placed 56th with a score of 33:32.3.

Olympians Paulina Fialkova of Slovakia (20:20.8) and Iaroslav Ivanov of Russia (23:17.3) captured the women’s and men’s gold medals, respectively.

The Universiade biathlon competition resumes Wednesday with the women’s and men’s pursuits (10 km / 12.5 km).




Women’s 7.5km Sprint

1. Paulina Fialkova, Slovakia, 20:20.8; 2. Evgeniia Pavlova, Russia, 20:50.3; 3. Jitka Landova, Czech Republic, 20:55.7; 40. Keely MacCulloch, Calgary, Alta., 25:04.7; 43. Jessica Paterson, St. Albert, Alta., 26:04.0.

Men’s 10km Sprint

1. Iaroslav Ivanov, Russia, 23:17.3; 2. Maksim Burtasov, Russia, 23:30.7; 3. Yuri Shopin, Russia, 23:32.2; 48. Reagan Mills, Truro, N.S., 29:28.2; 51. Evan Girard, Oxbow, Sask., 30:27.1; 54. Sasha Eccleston, Hinton, Alta., 30:40.5; 56. Sam West, Grand Prairie, Alta., 33:32.3.