January 8, 2020
Lyons, Connell Post High Finishes in Quebec
January 8th, 2020, Charlottetown – P.E.I.
short track speed skaters William Lyons and Kyle Connell had strong finishes on
the Quebec provincial short track circuit over the weekend. Lyons, from Rock Barra, made his Group 1
debut on the Quebec circuit, racing in Laval, while Connell, of Charlottetown,
was competing in Trois-Rivières in Group 2.
Lyons, who is training in
Sherbrooke, Que. this season, came up with a fifth-place overall finish after
entering the competition seeded 15th in Group 1. Lyons’ strong finish came after he earned A-final
appearances in both the 500-metre and 1,000-metre distances. The Kings County native nabbed seasonal best
times in the 1,500-metre distance as well as in the 500-metre. In the
500-metre event, Lyons won his semi-final with a sub-46 second time, which he
improved upon again in the final. In the
1,000-metre distance, Lyons skated a new personal best and the fastest time of
the season by a P.E.I. skater, stopping the clock at 1:32.831.
In Trois-Rivieres, Kyle Connell
continued his impressive return to competitive form after missing the first two
months of the season. Connell raced to
second place in the 500-metre A-final, despite a false start which placed him behind
three other skaters in the re-started race.
The Island veteran also recorded a new personal best time in the
1,500-metre distance, enroute to winning the B-final. Connell finished seventh overall in his group
and achieved qualifying times for this season’s short track Canada Cup events.
The Laval meet featured 122 skaters
including 74 male competitors, while 143 competitors, including 82 males took
to the start line in Trois-Rivières.
For full results and more information
about speed skating on P.E.I., visit www.speedskatepei.ca.
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Photo caption: P.E.I.’s
William Lyons (left) skated the fastest 1000-metre time of the season by a
P.E.I. skater, enroute to fifth-place overall at a Quebec provincial circuit
competition in Laval, Que. last weekend.
Photo courtesy of Daniel Villeneuve.
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