Morrison, McKenzie, Malisewska and Christ all winners on Day 2
CALGARY, AB – Competitors in the Western Elite Circuit (WEC) - Oktoberfest at the University of Calgary Olympic Oval cruised to their first points of the weekend as the 1500m and first 500m events came to a close. Ontario’s Keri Morrison and Jacob McKenzie continued their impressive October as both managed to sweep their respective 1500m A Finals. But a pair of up and coming skaters, Poland’s Natalya Malisewska and Saskatchewan native Keegan Christ fought though and took the 500m events.
In the Ladies event, Morrison was able to edge out Malisewska and Quebec’s Isabelle Carrier for the 1500m crown. Morrison is a Canadian National Development team skater who hails from Burlington, ON. McKenzie, fresh off his dominance of last week’s Intercontinental Short Track Invitational continued to cruise as he held off his teammates; Christ and Ian Smibert in the 1500m mens event.
A pair of penalties to Morrison and Patricia Malisewska in the ladies 500m A final resulted in Natalya, the younger of the Malisewska sisters, taking first place in the event over Carrier. Following a coaches appeal the call was reversed on Morrison resulting in a second place finish. The second place points mean that Natalya Malisewska and Morrison are deadlocked with 18000 points each in the weekend standings.
A fall for McKenzie in the afternoon 500m semi finals resulted in a wide open A Final which Christ then managed to take over fellow Saskatchewan born skater Jesse Slusar with Smibert rounding out the podium. Christ takes over the lead in the weekend points standings going into tomorrow's races. All of these Oval coached skaters will be looking forward to a second 500m event on Sunday and should all be in the running for the 3000m A Superfinals.
POINT STANDINGS AFTER DAY 2: MEN / WOMEN
Finals Sunday starts up at 9:00AM with the 500m heats and will conclude with the 3000m Superfinals at approximately 3:00PM. The ladies and mens Superfinals fields are based off the rankings from the entire weekend. Points accumulated in the Superfinals do not count towards the competitors points for the WEC rankings.
The WEC includes three events and two venues – WEC #1 (Oktoberfest) at the Calgary Oval (October 6-18th) and WEC #2 at the Richmond Oval (December 4-6th). The circuit will then return to Calgary to wrap up with the final event WEC #3 (Winterfest) on February 18-21st. At the end of the competitions the rankings will be split into two separate age categories – U-17 and Open. The total number of points for the circuit will breakdown as such: 20% - Oktoberfest, 40% - WEC #2 (Richmond) and 40% - Winterfest.
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