McKenzie & Carrier take Day 3 500m events; Christ & Carrier lead WEC points standings
CALGARY, AB – The Western Elite Circuit (WEC) - Oktoberfest at the University of Calgary Olympic Oval wrapped up with the second 500m race of the weekend. Jacob McKenzie rebounded from a fall in Saturday’s 500m semi-finals with a first place finish and Quebec’s Isabelle Carrier took the win over her fellow Oval coached teammate Marika Nadal. Day 2 leaders Keri Morrison and Natalya Malisewska did not compete in Day 3 races.
With a total of 26,000 points this weekend Keegan Christ leads the WEC men’s open overall standings in the mens division. The native of Regina, Saskatchewan battled all weekend with McKenzie for the Oktoberfest crown and it was his consistency all competition which helped him to take a slim lead over his Oval teammate.>VIEW MENS DETAILED RESULTS
On the ladies side, Carrier now holds the lead in the ladies open division over Morrison and Malisewska with 22,800 points. All the competitors will now carry forward their points from Oktoberfest (which represent 20% of their WEC total) into WEC #2 in Richmond (Dec. 4-6th) and WEC Winterfest in Calgary (Feb. 18-21st). The two remaining stops on the WEC each represent 40% of the competitors overall score. >VIEW LADIES DETAILED RESULTS
Rankings are split into two separate age categories – U-17 and Open. In the U-17 ladies division, Hee Won Son of Banff led the way with a total of 9,666 points. While Marco Schumann of Saskatoon leads the U-17 mens rankings. Even more impressive is the fact that both Won Son and Schumann totalled enough points to finish sixth in the open competition.
Ladies and Mens Superfinals were held following the Sunday 500m races - fields were based off the rankings from the entire weekend. The Mens A event was won by McKenzie while the ladies A event was won by Won Son. Points accumulated in the Superfinals did not count towards the competitors points for the WEC rankings.
The WEC has the primary goal of providing quality racing opportunities for the developing Junior and Neo-Senior athletes. As mentioned the WEC is made up of 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.
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