All Oval Championship Sweep as Son, Young, Mckenzie and Mayeur take WEC Overall titles
CALGARY, AB – It was an all Oval sweep for the top spots in the Western Elite Circuit overall standings as WEC #3 Winterfest came to a conclusion at the University of Calgary Olympic Oval. The standings atop the WEC leaderboard were set following the results of Sunday’s 1000m WEC Winterfest finals. PHOTOS ON FB PAGE
Oval skaters Hee Won Son, Heather Clarke and Hannah Clark carried their leads in the overall point standings through the weekend with consistent finishes throughout. Son wrapped up her weekend with a sixth place finish in Sunday’s 1000m propel her to the title of WEC Overall Women’s Open Champion. Even more impressive, Son is a junior skater who would have placed first in both divisions in the WEC overall point standings. Calgary’s Abbey Young captured the WEC Overall Junior Women’s Championship followed by Cheyenne Goh and Alison Desmarais who rounded out another all Oval podium.
Jacob Mckenzie was a one man show as he rounded out an impressive WEC Winterfest with a second place finish in Sunday’s 1000m event. Mckenzie totaled 13330 points despite only competing in two of the three WEC events to take the title of WEC Overall Men’s Open Champion. Mckenzie was the leading point getter at WEC Oktoberfest held at the U of C Olympic Oval this past fall. Fellow Ontario skater Sam McEachran held on for a second place overall finish while Keegan Christ managed to edge out Norwegian skater Einar Agdestein for the final podium spot by a mere 6 points. Hayden Mayeur of Toronto took the WEC Overall Junior Men’s title over fellow Oval skater Marco Schumann and BC skater Cormac Chui.
The WEC Overall Champions in the Open and Junior divisions were 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 added first place in the women’s 1000m event to her list of victories at WEC Winterfest. MacDonald also finished first place in the women’s 1500m event and second in the 500m event. Her amazing Winterfest weighted point total of 11200 points led all female competitors in the competition and nearly gave her enough points to make the WEC Overall podium despite missing both WEC Oktoberfest and WEC Richmond earlier this season. Ryan Pivorotto of the United States took first in the men’s 1000m event. Pivorotto led all male Winterfest competitors in points as he also took the win in the men’s 1500m on Saturday.
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.
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