Western nordic ski team selected for provincial Winter Games

Dave Kearsey
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 STEPHENVILLE  Colin Fowlow will be among the nordic skiers in western Newfoundland who will pursue gold in Clarenville next month.

A total of eight spots, four male and four female, were filled when a western regional race to pick the team was held at Whaleback Nordic Ski Club in Stephenville over the weekend. The two teams were selected based on the best combined times of a 5-km skate race and a 5-km classic event.

Fowlow, who calls Blow Me Down Trails in Corner Brook home, captured one of four male berths up for grabs for Team Western at the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games.

He finished first overall on the male side with a total time of 30:01 after registering a time of 16:35 for the classic and 13:26 for the skate.

Jesse Byrne of host Whaleback Nordic Ski Club will head to the Games after finishing in second spot with a total time of 30 minutes and 34 seconds. Byrne posted a final clocking of 16:58 in the classic and 13:36 in the skate event.

John St. Croix, also a member at Whaleback, claimed third place with a final time of 34:10, while Daley Merrigan of Corner Brook managed to snag the fourth and final spot on the male team with a total time of 34 minutes and 10 seconds.

On the female side, Angela Cronhelm of the Aurora Nordic Ski Club in St. Anthony was the leader of the pack with a total time of 36:53 catapulting her to top spot and a chance to experience being an athlete in the spotlight on a provincial stage.

The female contingent heading to Clarenville also includes Jamie Merrigan of Corner Brook with a combined time of 20:43, Marigold Benoit of  Stephenville (38:10) and Maria Blake of the Aurora Nordic Ski Club (42:01).

The top four and top male skiers make the team. The complete results are listed below:

Male

1. Colin Fowlow Blow Me Down Nordic

Classic — 16:35

Skate — 13:26

Total — 30:01

2. Jesse Byrne Whaleback Nordic

Classic — 16:58

Skate — 13:36

Total — 30:34

3. John St. Croix Whaleback Nordic

Classic — 17:05

Skate — 14:31

Total — 31:36

4. Daley Merrigan Blow Me Down Nordic

Classic — 18:37

Skate — 15:33

Total — 34:10

5. Brandon Sinnicks Mt. St. Margaret

Classic — 18:35

Skate — 16:29

Total — 35:04

6. Hugh Warkentin Blow Me Down Nordic

Classic — 18:43

Skate — 16:32

Total — 35:15

7. Malcolm Pilgrim Aurora Nordic Ski Club in St. Anthony

Classic — 19:06

Skate — 17:06

Total — 36:12

8. Jacob Byrne Whaleback Nordic

Classic — 20:11

Skate — 16:30

Total — 36:41

9. Noah Hynes Blow Me Down Nordic

Classic — 22:50

Skate — 17:58

Total — 40:48

10. Kip Deeley Whaleback Nordic

Classic — 22:28

Skate — 20:44

Total — 43:12

11. James Benoit Whaleback Nordic

Classic — 33:05

Skate — 19:21

Total — 52:26

Female

1. Angela Cronhelm Aurora Nordic

Classic — 20:12

Skate — 16:41

Total — 36:53

2. Jamie Merigan Blow Me Down Nordic

Classic — 20:43

Skate — 16:50

Total — 37:33

3. Marigold Benoit Whaleback Nordic

Classic — 21:21

Skate — 16:49

Total — 38:10

4. Maria Blake Aurora Nordic

Classic — 23:32

Skate — 18:29

Total — 42:01

5. Katie Thistle Blow Me Down Nordic

Classic — 22:55

Skate — 19:07

Total — 42:02

6. Rita Jane St. Croix Whaleback Nordic

Classic — 25:36

Skate — 16:45

Total — 42:21

7. Oriana Caines Aurora Nordic

Classic — 23:50

Skate — 20:06

Total — 43:56

8. Sarah Graham Blow Me Down Nordic

Classic — 23:11

Skate — 21:41

Total — 44:52

9. Hilary Pilgrim Aurora Nordic

Classic — 25:27

Skate — 22:53

Total — 48:20

10. Hannah Blundon Whaleback Nordic

Classic — 27:43

Skate — 23:13

Total — 50:56

11. Lesley Pilgrim Aurora Nordic

Classic — 27:33

Skate — 24:33

Total — 52:06

12. Crystal Gibbons Mt. St. Margaret

Classic — 30:28

Skate — 23:10

Total — 53:38

Organizations: Whaleback Nordic Ski Club, Malcolm Pilgrim Aurora Nordic Ski Club

Geographic location: STEPHENVILLE, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador Clarenville St. Anthony

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