Augustana Biathletes travelled to Quebec City, Quebec to compete in the Mazda Canadian Championships March 24-29th.
After combating the time change, small dorm rooms, and pre-packaged dinner rolls, the Augustana athletes proved their worth on a long and strenuous course.
In Thursday’s Individual Race, in the Men’s 20km category Philip placed 14th and Johnny 15th. In the Junior Men’s 15km, Paul placed 5th. Alicia placed 6th in her 15km women’s category. Kathryn placed 6th, Betsy 7th, and Jodi 8th in the 12.5km Jr. Women’s category. In the Youth Women, Carly placed 4th, Lauren 5th, and Jenny 6th.
Saturday’s Sprint race saw Philip place 13th and Johnny 14th in the Men’s 10km Race. Alicia placed 6th in the 7.5km Women’s race. Paul placed7th in the 10km Jr. Men’s race. In Jr. Women Kathryn placed 5th, Betsy 9th, and Jodi 10th on their 7.5km course. Carly placed 5th, Lauren 6th, and Jenny 8th in their 6km Youth Women category.
In Sunday’s Relay Race, Alicia’s team Placed 12th, Betsy’s team raced to 14th. Kat’s team placed 7th. Paul and Jodi Team placed 9th, Jenny’s team placed 6th. Carly and Lauren placed 7th with their team.
The Augustana athletes combated exceedingly warm weather (+10 degrees C) and a veritable soup of a range, a long puddle which prompted Kat to say, “My boots have never been so wet, you were swimming!”
Many athletes achieved awesome races throughout the championship, including Johnny who said that his sprint race was possibly his “best race in the history of (his) racing,” skiing in zone 4 for over 16minutes of a 34 minute race. Jodi had two awesome bouts of clean shooting in the individual, bettering some senior athletes.
“All in all, it was a wonderful experience, says Betsy.” It was an extreme learning experience unmatched by the courses, and conditions on the Alberta circuit.