Katherine Stewart-Jones skied to 25th place in the junior women’s five-kilometre skate-ski race at the Nordic Junior World Skiing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Wednesday (Feb. 4).
The 19 year old had her best distance result ever at junior worlds, holding a steady pace throughout the day to finish with a time of 14 minutes, 31.9 seconds on the highly technical track.
Stewart-Jones finished just over one minute back of the golden pace set by back-to-back junior women’s winner Victoria Carl of Germany. Carl clocked a time of 13:26.9. Russia grabbed the next two spots on the podium. Anastasia Sedova was second at 13:32.2, while Natalia Nepryaeva finished third with a time of 13:32.8.
Three other Canadians hit the start line in the women’s race. Battling back from a cold over the last week, Anne-Marie Comeau, of St.-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., was the next best Canadian in 39th spot (14:50.1). Comeau was skiing into the top-15 for most of the first half of the course, but faded while heading home to the finish line. Annah Hanthorn of Whitehorse was 44th (15:02.7), and Maya MacIsaac-Jones, of Athabasca, Alta., placed 45th (15:03.5).