Vernon's Heather Mehain (No. 8) competes at the Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadian Nordic Ski Champion last weekend in Cantley

Vernon's Heather Mehain (No. 8) competes at the Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadian Nordic Ski Champion last weekend in Cantley

Alysson Marshall storms Quebec

Salmon Arm's Alysson Marshall is the Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadian Nordic Ski Champion.

Alysson Marshall is the Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadian Nordic Ski Champion.

The Salmon Arm native, who trains with the Larch Hills and Sovereign Lake/Silver Star race teams, finished with the three-day pursuit event in Cantley, Que. with a 29.2-second lead over runner-up Emily Nishikawa of Whitehorse.

Marshall opened the weekend by taking the 1.4-km classic sprint, and followed that with silver in the 10-km interval start skate event. Nishikawa won the stage by 7.8 seconds.

In the 15-km classic pursuit on Sunday, Marshall was first out of the gate in the third stage, with Nishikawa right behind her, setting up a gruelling battling for the crown. The two traded the lead several times, drafting off each other over the first two laps. In the third lap, Nishikawa clipped the back of Marshall’s skis and fell on a steep corner. Marshall could have cruised to the finish, but instead she recorded a 15 minute, 7.6 second lap time, 21 seconds faster than any other lap time on the day.

Despite this, Marshall missed the overall fastest time in the individual stage by just 0.3 seconds, finishing runner-up to Brittany Webster.

Sovereign’s Heather Mehain claimed bronze in the women’s Under 23 category, and ninth overall in Cantley.

Mehain was fifth overall in the skate sprint, 11th in the 10-km classic and 10th in the 15-km classic.

In men’s action in Cantley, Sovereign’s Matt Wylie finished 12th overall.