Macdonald & Mckenzie Keep on Rolling into Day 3
CALGARY, AB – Day 2 of the Intercontinental Short Track Invitational saw more of the same with dominant performances from Jamie Macdonald and Jacob Mckenzie. Macdonald, a national development team and Fall World Cup selection started the day ranked first in the overall point standings following Friday’s 1500m & 500m races. The 20-year old from Fort St. James, BC began day two by taking first in the 1000m A final, just edging out teammate Courtney Shmyr. She then followed that up with a third place finish in Day 2’s 1500m race, the same distance she won at on Friday. Macdonald currently holds a commanding lead in the standings with her teammate Keri Morrison and Belgium’s Hanne Desmet rounding out the top 3 in the ladies division.
Mckenzie, fresh off his sweep of Friday’s mens 1500m and 500m A finals, continued to dominate the competition in the mens division on Day 2. Mckenzie skated to a first place finish in the 1000m while his teammate Keegan Christ took second in the event. He then came in second in controversal photo finish to Russian Denis Ayrapetyan in the 1500m that resulted in Mckenzie being DQ’d for a ‘kickout’. Despite the setback – McKenzie’s total points were still enough to carry the lead going into tomorrow’s Day 3 action. Mckenzie will have a challenge Sunday as he will look to hold off Russia’s Daniil Eibog and Alexander Shulginov who remain within striking distance.
The ladies 3000m relay saw the team of MacDonald, Shmyr, Alison Desmarais and Isabelle Carrier take the win for Canada while Team Russia took the win in the 5000m mens relay.
The third and final day of the Intercontinental Short Track Invitational will kick off tomorrow morning at 9:50am with Sunday’s 500m event at 9:50AM. The competition will then wrap up with 1000m races in the afternoon. 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 is being 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).
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