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Jones, Sandau Win Whitefish Races

The joint training camp between the Canadian Women’s National Ski Team (CNST) and Alberta World Cup Academy (AWCA) came to a close Saturday in Whitefish, Mont., but not without some racing.

Fourteen women competed in a a 10-kilometer skiathlon (5.5 k classic/4.5 k skate), which Perianne Jones (CNST) won by nearly a minute in 25:35.7. Teammate Chandra Crawford was second (+58.9) and Heidi Widmer (AWCA) was third (+1:08.7).

A total of 14 women from either the Alberta World Cup Academy or Canadian National Ski Team competed in Saturday’s time-trial pursuit near Whitefish, Mont. (AWCA photo).

Women’s 10 k rollerski race results

In an email, national-team coach Eric de Nys explained the majority of the classic portion was double pole, and the following skate leg had varied terrain and an overall elevation gain. Jones and Academy skiers Emily Nishikawa and Kate Brennan led by the end of the classic leg, building about a 30-second gap on independent skier Amanda Ammar of Canmore. Ammar had about 10 seconds on Crawford, Widmer, Marlis Kromm, Alysson Marshall, Suzanne Stevenson and Janelle Greer.

In the end, Nishikawa finished fourth, Ammar was fifth and Brennan placed sixth.

“The skate portion really stretched out the field but there was hard pushing right to the finish line,” de Nys wrote. “All in all, good hard work.”

Meanwhile, the AWCA men’s team took part in a local 10 k called the “Whitefish Friends and Family Fun Run.” Kevin Sandau beat 32 men to win in 32:52.4. His Academy teammate Jesse Cockney was 3.4 seconds back in second, and Graeme Killick (AWCA) was third (+6.6). New to the team this year, Michael Somppi was fourth and Chris Hamilton placed fifth.

Men’s 10 k running race results

As for Sandau’s secret to success, apparently it’s baseball.

On Saturday, the Alberta World Cup Academy’s Twitter feed featured a photo of Sandau “just running bases taking in America’s [pass] time” on Friday afternoon.

Kevin Sandau on base during a “recovery” baseball game on Friday afternoon in Whitefish, Mont. The Alberta World Cup Academy skier won Saturday’s 10 k running race to cap off the team’s dryland camp. (AWCA photo)

The Alberta World Cup Academy swept the podium of the men’s 10 k running race on Saturday in Whitefish, Mont. Also on the Canadian Senior Development Team, Kevin Sandau (c) in first, Jesse Cockney (r) in second and Graeme Killick in third. (AWCA photo)

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