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Western Elite Circuit Wheels into Final Stretch Sunday

Points awarded in 500m & 1500m races today; WEC Overall Champions to be crowned Sunday at the U of C Olympic Oval
CALGARY, AB –
The 500m and 1500m races are in the books at the Short Track Western Elite Circuit (WEC) #3 at the University of Calgary Olympic Oval.  The standings atop the WEC leaderboard have started to become crowded, setting up for a wild finish with points still up for grabs in Sunday’s 1000m #WECWinterfest finals. >VIEW OVERALL STANDINGS ENTERING SUNDAY

Entering Sunday, the top 3 Overall WEC Women’s Open division point leaders are: Hee Won Son of Banff, AB; Heather Clarke of Whitehorse, YK and Hannah Clark of Yellowknife, NWT.  Son had another solid day with an eighth place finish in the 1500m and with a sixth place finish in the 500m.  Even more impressive, Son is a junior skater who now leads both divisions in the WEC overall points standings.  In the U-17 overall standings she is followed by Calgary’s Abbey Young and Edmonton’s Cheyenne Goh. 

The men’s open division continues to be led by Ontario’s Sam McEachran, Norwegian skater Einar Degenstein and Hayden Mayeur of Toronto, ON.  But the man on the move is Ontario native Jacob MacKenzie, who led all men in scoring with 5310.8 points in the 500m and 1500m events.  The points put MacKenzie within striking distance of the podium for the WEC overall standings.  Mayeur leads the junior men’s division by a slim margin over fellow Oval skater Marco Schumann.

The WEC Overall Champions in the mens and womens Open and U-17 divisions will be crowned on Sunday at the Oval.  The four Overall Champions will be awarded with Olympic Oval Prize packages; each including a $100 Visa gift card courtesy our proud supporters from Intact Insurance.  The Olympic Oval would like to thank Intact Insurance for their continued support of the sport of Speed Skating at all levels.  

National team skater Jamie MacDonald continued to roll as she took first place in the women’s 1500m event and second in the 500m event.  MacDonald’s amazing #WECWinterfest weighted point total of 7200 points led all female competitors for the day, followed closely by her Oval teammate Marika Nadal with 6048 points.  Both of these skaters are now in contention for the WEC overall points podium despite missing the WEC #2 event in Richmond.

The WEC has the primary goal of providing quality racing opportunities for the developing Junior and Neo-Senior athletes.  The circuit’s previous two events were held in two venues: WEC #1 – Oktoberfest which took place at the Calgary Oval in October and WEC #2 which was held at the Richmond Oval in December.  Competitor’s rankings are based on their point totals from Oktoberfest (which equals 20% of their WEC total) and WEC #2 - Richmond and WEC Winterfest in Calgary which each represent 40% of the competitors WEC overall score.

Sunday morning will bring with it the men’s and women’s 1000m semifinals and finals.  The action kicks off tomorrow morning at 9:30AM on the North Rink with the women’s 1000m semi-final races.

Ladies and Mens Superfinal relays will be held on Sunday afternoon - fields were based off the rankings from the 1000m and semi-final heats were skated Friday.  Points accumulated in the Superfinals will not count towards the competitors points for the WEC rankings. 

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