Macdonald first in 1500m; Mckenzie wins 500m & 1500m events; Team Canada Ladies win relay
CALGARY, AB – The Intercontinental Short Track Invitational kicked off this afternoon at the University of Calgary Olympic Oval. As expected the Calgary group of skaters competing were led by National development team and fall World Cup team member Jamie MacDonald. Macdonald started her day edging out teammate Keri Morrison for the top spot in the Ladies 1500m A final. She then followed that up with a second place finish in the ladies 500m behind Poland’s Patricia Malisewska – an Oval trained international. MacDonald was recently selected for the Canadian Fall World Cup team and will represent Canada at the upcoming Short Track World Cup events in Montreal and Toronto.
On the men’s side it was all about Oval coached Canadian Jacob Mckenzie as he took the win in both the Friday mens 1500m and 500m A finals. The Ontario native started things off by edging out Russia’s Alexander Shulginov and Belgium’s Jens Almey in the 1500m before completing the Day 1 sweep as he came from behind to steal a thrilling 500m final from a trio of Russian skaters.
The ladies 3000m relay saw the Canadian team of MacDonald, Morrison, Shmyr team up with Montreal’s Lydiane Cournoyer to cruise to victory. The mens relay was hotly contested – requiring a restart after a crash. In the end, a Russian team made up of Shulginov, Alexandr Koval, Denis Ayrapetyan and Daniil Eibog.
Races are set to continue Saturday afternoon with the 1000m events at 12:20PM. Day 2 will also include 1500m races and relays once again. Be sure to check the Oval website or the Oval social media channels for weekend schedule updates & results.
In case you can’t make it to the rink – the U of C Olympic Oval is also very excited to announce that a live webcast is available for the Intercontinental Short Track Jr. Invitational. The event will be webcast live on the Olympic Oval’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/theolympicoval. This is the second of four events the Oval will attempt to webcast this season; the remaining two being the Canadian Single Distance Championships (January 2-5) and Oval Finale (March 17-20).