SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver are in third spot after Friday’s rhythm dance at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic.

The competition is the third stop on the International Skating Union’s (ISU) 2019 Challenger Series.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S. grabbed the lead in the ice dance at 80.18 and their compatriots Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko are second at 77.18. Soucisse and Firus, fifth last week at the Autumn Classic International in Oakville, follow at 71.33.

Molly Lanaghan and Dmitre Razgulajevs of Ajax, Ont., are fourth at 58.26.

After the short program in women’s competition, Hannah Dawson of Vankleek Hill, Ont., is fifth and Alicia Pineault of Varennes, Que., seventh.

The pairs competition concluded with Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy Leduc of the U.S. taking the gold.

Camille Ruest of Rimouski, Que., and Andrew Wolfe of Calgary were seventh, Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of Levis, Que., eighth and Nadine Wang and Francis Boudreau-Audet of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., ninth.

“We felt we had our better showing than at our last appearance here,” said Wolfe. “Our short program was incredible, it was a bit tougher in the long with some mistakes here and there but overall we took a step forward in our season.”

Competition ends Saturday with the women’s free skate and the free dance.

Full results: 2019 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic