March 21, 2017 (Canmore, AB) – The Ski Nationals saw a change in the weather, with Saturdays rain making way for cooler temperatures and bright blue skies. Retired national biathlon team member, Zina Kocher of Rocky Mountain Racers, won the Open Women’s 5-kilometre sprint race on Sunday followed by Jenn Jackson of Lappe in second.
“I missed the excitement of racing,” said Kocher. “I haven’t raced in nationals since they were in Whistler. I thought they were holding them here, so why not.” Kocher says she has kept in shape, “I want to race, but I don’t miss the lactate pain,” she added.
Third went to Sun Valley’s Deedra Irwin, and positions 4-6 also went to the U.S. club. The third best Canadian was Isabella Howden of Team Hardwood.
In the Jr. Women, Hannah Mehain of Sovereign Lake claimed the top spot, followed by Zoe Williams of Nakkertok and Darya Sepandj of Foothills Nordic.
For the Juveniles the top girl was American skier Novie McCabe of Methow Valley, with Canmore’s Maya Fish the top Canadian in 3rd. In the boys class it was Norwegian skier Mads Groeholdt of Whistler in 1st, with Xavier McKeever of Foothills Nordic the top Canadian in 2nd. Xavier is the son of Canadian Para-Nordic coach and longtime NST member Robin McKeever and another longtime NST member Milaine Theriault.
Awards presentations will take place on Monday night.
Full results here.