Biathlon P.E.I. athletes shine in Canmore

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Campbell, Arendz lead points standings

CHARLOTTETOWN – Two Prince Edward Island athletes are off to a shining start to the Canadian biathlon season.

The top point-getters in the NorAm Cup/Calforex Cup series after four races are, from left: Stuart Harden, who is in third place; Carsen Campbell, who is in first place, and Menno Arendz, who sits second.

Carsen Campbell of Bedeque and Menno Arendz of Hartsville both won medals at the recent NorAm Cup/Calforex Cup No. 1 in Canmore, Alta.

Campbell won gold in the first race, a 10-kilometre sprint finish, and the silver-medallist Arendz was only 34 seconds behind.

A second 10K spring race was held the following day, with Campbell taking the bronze and Arendz 1.1 seconds back in fourth place.

 

Following weekend

Campbell and Arendz continued to enjoy success the following weekend.

This time Arendz skied to gold in the junior men’s 15K individual event. Campbell came in second, and was 1:37 behind Arendz.

The individual race is different in that athletes do not ski penalty loops for a missed shot, but instead incur a minute penalty per shot.

Campbell’s shooting improved on the second day of competition, missing one shot in the 10K sprint en route to winning gold.

Arendz settled for bronze 13.9 seconds back, but was the only athlete to have a clean shoot in his age category.

 

Points’ leader

After the four races, Campbell sits at the top of the leaderboard with 219 points and a 77.5-per-cent shooting percentage.

Arendz is second overall with 209 points. He is tied with Stuart Harden in points, but has the best shooting percentage of 90 per cent. Harden is third with a 73.75-per-cent shooting average.  

 

Canadian Trials on P.E.I.

The top Canadian youth and junior biathletes will be on P.E.I. to compete in the Canadian World Trials from Feb. 19 to 23.

The top four male and female athletes in the two age categories will earn the right to represent Canada at the world championships in Maine the following week.

Biathlon P.E.I. will be looking for volunteers for this event, for more information contact biathlonpei@gmail.com.

 

 

Organizations: Canadian World Trials

Geographic location: Canmore, Springton, Canada Maine

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