2799 Wins Gold, Prepares for Biathlon Nationals in Valcartier, Quebec!!
12 Feb 2017
Algoma Rod and Gun Club, Sault Ste. Marie - The junior female team from 2799 remains undefeated, claiming first place in both the Team Sprint and Team Relay races to win gold at the Regional Biathlon Championship. On Saturday 11 Feb MCpl Jessica Matile and Cpl Vivian Mullins came first place in the 6.0km Team Sprint race, beating out the second place team by 8 minutes! On Sunday they competed in the 4.5km Team Relay race, finishing in first place to secure their gold medal. Cpl Vivian Mullins also won the bronze medal for Individual junior female, having the third fastest combined times over the two races. The females will become part of Team Ontario, who will advance to the National Biathlon Championship in Valcartier, Quebec from 28 Feb to 5 Mar 2017.
Sgt Adrian Poncelet and MCpl Nicholas Ertl competed at the Regional competition in the Open Male category (the largest category with 25 team entries). The males battled hard earning a respectable 7th place victory in the Saturday 6.0km Team Sprint. The males finished the day in 9th and 12th place in the Individual Senior Male category. On Sunday's 4.5km Team Relay race, the males advanced one position winning 6th place. MCpl Ertl had the 5th fastest leg time, and was the only Ranger to shoot "clean" (10/10) that day.
Special thanks to MWO Daniel Bernardi, MWO Aidan Ewart, and WO Ethan Hoyes who staffed the weekend working in the range.
A special thanks also goes to Sgt Siobhan Hayden who assisted Coach David Kasper in the range.
Rangers Win Gold to Advance to Regional Competition in Sault Ste. Marie
21 Jan 2017
Highlands Nordic, DUNTROON - The 2799 junior female team, consisting of MCpl Jessica Matile and Cpl Vivian Mullins won gold at the Central Ontario Area Biathlon Competition. The team relay consisted of three 1.5km ski loops with two bouts of shooting in between. The females beat-out the second place team by over 18 minutes! In addition to winning gold, Cpl Mullins and MCpl Matile earned gold and bronze respectively in the junior female category. Both athletes will advance to the Regional competition in Sault Ste. Marie taking place on 10-12 February, however neither is a stranger to this competition. The duo advanced to the regional competition in 2016 where they won bronze, but missed the National competition by just 2 minutes; typically the top two junior female teams move on.
In addition to the female team, Sgt Adrian Poncelet and MCpl Nicholas Ertl will be advancing to the regional competition in the Open Male category. The males came fourth at the COA competition, earning a spot to advance as a "wildcard" team. MCpl Ertl, who was on the National-winning shooting team with 2799 in 2016, and Sgt Poncelet, who competed at the regional competition for Orienteering, are familiar with high-performance competition. Though neither advanced to the regional competition in 2016, both have trained hard in the off-season and have the podium in their sights.
Honourable mention to Sgt Siobhan Hayden, Sgt Natalia Butylkin, Sgt Olivia Ewart, Sgt Athony Kashin, Sgt Alex Boldux, MCpl Max Ewart and Cpl. Daniel Rivera (who was unable to compete) for their hard work and dedication this season. All of the athletes contributed to the success of the team, the biathlon program, and to one of 2799s best performances in a few years. 2799 had an amazing race day shooting 95/100, and having four out of ten competing athletes advance to the regional competition.
2799 will also be sending to the Regional competition in Sault Ste. Marie MWO Daniel Bernardi, MWO Aidan Ewart, and WO Ethan Hoyes as Cadet Officials