Class A Competition kicks off with Silas Eastman and Maddie Wiegman copping classical crowns
Wednesday was the day for the Class A schools to begin their competition in the 2012 Maine High School Ski Championships at Black Mountain of Maine. Maddie Wiegman got the Leavitt HS girls off to a good start by winning the Women's 5K Nordic Classical race in 18:07. Mt. Ararat's Emma Wood took the silver with a time of 18:30 and Wiegman's teammates Taren McGray and Lucy Knowlton came in 3rd and 4th. Audrey Bennett of Edward Little HS finished 5th, India Lucas of Oxford Hills finished 6th, and Mt. Blue's Sarah Wade took 7th.
Women's team scores show Leavitt with a big 39 point lead with 24 points. Things are much closer for the next three spots as Falmouth (63 points), Mt. Blue (66) and Portland (69) are tightly bunched.
In the men's competition, Silas Eastman of Fryeburg Academy skied to a first place finish completing the 2-lap course in 13:51. The warm weather softened the course which led to slower conditions. The winning time on the same course on a cooler day on Monday was 53 seconds faster than Easman's time, but Eastman showed great conditioning and skill in earning the gold. Dustin Staple of Mt. Blue's time of 14:18 earned him 2nd place and Ben Allen of Portland High School finished 3rd. Jay Lesser of Falmouth HS grabbed 4th place, and Mt. Blue's Zach Veayo, Oxford Hills' Forrest Todd, Deering HS's Jakob Chandler, and Falmouth's Tim Follo rounded out the top seven spots.
Men's nordic team scores are very close, with Mt. Blue HS (40 points) holding a 2 point lead over Falmouth HS. Fryeburg Academy is in 3rd with 47 points and Oxford Hills holds down 4th with 56 points.
Nordic competition will continue on Thursday with the one-lap 5K Freestyle (view map). The girls race starts at 3:00 pm, followed by the boys at 4:00.
The alpine teams will get into the action at Black Mountain with the girls Giant Slalom race beginning at 9:30, and the boys race will start at 11:30.
Class C State Champs Crowned
Fort Kent captures boys title
The Fort Kent boys had the best team scores in the slalom competition to pull away from Freeport in the last day of Class C competition to capture the 2012 State Championship. Mountain Valley had strong individual performances from Nate Nicols, who won his second alpine race in as many days, and Nick Woods, who finished 12th to capture his second straight Skimeister title. Woods won the 2011 title competing in Class B.
Freeport's Ryder Bennell was less than four seconds behind Nicols to take 2nd, with Cody Boivin of Telstar grabbing the last podium spot in 3rd. But Fort Kent proved to be the team with the greatest depth as Brandon Ouellette, Carter Voisine, and Andrew Paradis finished in 4th, 5th and 7th respectively. Freeport's Llake Enrico finished 6th in a fine effort.
Freeport girls stage comback
The Freeport girls trailed Fort Kent by 2 points going into Wednesday's slalom race, the final event of the Championships. The Falcons had a great day on the slopes and outscored Fort Kent by 10 points to earn the gold. Elly Bengtsson of Freeport's two runs were over seven seconds faster than her nearest competitor, Mountain Valley freshman Sarah Klein. Grabbing the last podium slot was Freeport's Taylor Enrico. Alexa Pelletier of Fort Kent finished 4th, Abigail Jansen of St. Dom's took 5th, and 6th place was won by Pelletier's teammate Danielle Oulette. Rounding out the top ten were Katie Collette of Mtn. Valley, Rachel Wheeler of Telstar, Olivia Tsouprake of Winthrop, and Sarah Pier of Freeport.
Roxanne Pelletier finished 13th in the slalom to seal her title as 2012 Class C Women's Skimeister Champion.
Fort Kent Boys, Freeport Girls lead after day one Giant Slalom races
Nate Nicols of Mountain Valley HS had the top two runs of the day in the Men's Giant Slalom races at Mt. Abram Tuesday to capture 1st place over Louis Frumer of the Waynflete School. Blake Enrico, a freshman from Freeport HS finished the day in 3rd. Nick Woods, last year's Class B Skimeister champion, and this year's leader in that category, took 4th in the GS. Nate Green of John Bapst was 5th. But it is the depth of FortKent that gives them the early team lead in the alpine events with three top 10 finishes from Andrew Paradis (6th), Brandon Ouelette (7th), and Carter Voisine (10th). Fort Kent has an 8 point lead over Mountain Valley.
In the women's race, the Freeport Falcons took the early lead in the alpine team scores with Elly Bengtsson leading the way with the top two runs and a first place. Skimeister Alexa Pelletier of Fort Kent took 2nd, and Katie Collette of Mountain Valley finished 3rd. Collette's teammate, freshman Sarah Klein finished placed 4th. Other top finishers were Taylor Enrico of Freeport (5th), Chloe Douglass of Orono (6th), and Olivia Tsouprake of Winthrop (7th). Roxanne Pelletier's 12 place finish help keep her in the lead for Skimeister.
Chace-Donahue twins lead Merriconeag Girls in last day of nordic races • NYA boys outdistance competitors
It was deja vu all over again as Zoe and Emeli Chace-Donahue finished one-two in the women's 5K Freestyle race at Black Mountain on Tuesday, giving the Merriconeag girls the top nordic team score in the Class C State Championship. The twin sisters finished in first and second in the previous day's classical race. Teammate Samantha Pierce made it a podium sweep for Merriconeag with her 3rd place finish. Hannah Streinz of Katahdin took 4th place finishing just .8 of a second behind Pierce. Roxanne Pelletier's 5th place finish gave her a strong lead in the Skimeister standings, with the champion to be decided in tomorrow's slalom race at Mt. Abram Ski Area. Other top classical skiers were Lydia Streinz (6th) of Katahdin and Teagan Wu (7th) of Merriconeag.
In the men's race, Camden Regan and Ian Moore led the way for North Yarmouth Academy with 1st an 2nd place finishes. Waynflete's Josh Espy earned his second podium spot of the championships with a 3rd place finish. NYA's Evan Kendall placed 4th, Jack Pierce and Eli McCurdy of Merriconeag took 5th and 6th place. Skimeister leader Nick Woods of Mountain Valley finished 20th. The championships conclude tomorrow with the slalom race at Mt. Abram Ski Area.
Merriconeag Girls, NYA Boys shine in first day of Class C Ski Meet
Zoe and Emeli Chace-Donahue finished first and second in the Women's 5K Classical race at Black Mountain on Monday, leading a strong Merriconeag High School team to an early lead in the Class C Nordic Competition. Merriconeag HS, located in New Gloucester, also had strong performances by Samantha Pierce (7th) and Teagan Wu (9th). Roxanne Pelletier of Fort Kent High School finished 3rd, Elizabeth Martin of Freeport HS took 4th, Hannah Streinz of Katahdin HS finished 5th, and Fort Kent's Kate Morneault grabbed the 6th spot.
In the Men's race, Ian Moore of North Yarmouth Academy led all racers with a time of 12:58.6. Josh Espy of Waynflete finished second with a time of 13:30.3. Earlier this winter, Moore had finished 25 seconds behind Espy in the Sassi Memorial 5K Classical at this same mountain. Moore's teammate Camden Regan finished 10 seconds behind Espy to take the final podium spot. Adam Mahar of Telstar HS finshed 4th, 17 seconds behind Regan. Jack Pierce of Merriconeag, Jake Susla of NYA, Eli McCurdy (Merriconeag) and Evan Kendall (NYA) rounded out the top eight.
Class C alpine competition gets started on Tuesday, beginning with the Alpine Giant Slalom races at Mt. Abram Ski Area in Locke Mills. Women's race is at 9:00 am followed by the men at 10:45. The Merriconeag girls, the 2011 Maine State Class C Nordic Champion, will get to defend their title at Black on that same day with a 3:00 5K freestyle race back at Black. That race will be followed by the men at 4:00.
The final Class C events will be the Slalom races on Wednesday at Mt. Abram. The women hit the trails at 9:30 and the men race at 12:45.
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2011 MAINE PRINCIPALS' ASSOCIATION
SKIING CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
"CLASS A "
Start times may be altered only by the Jury. All coaches will be notified as events are changed or updated.
DAY ONE: Wednesday, February 22 - - Nordic Classical Competition
11:30 a.m. Nordic Coaches’ meeting at Black Mountain (ATHLETES AND PARENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED)
1:30 p.m. Girls’ Nordic Classical
3:00 p.m. Boys' Nordic Classical
DAY TWO: Thursday, February 23 - - Giant Slalom and Nordic Freestyle Competition
7:00 a.m. Alpine Coaches’ meeting at Black Mountain (ATHLETES AND PARENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED)
7:30 a.m. Volunteer/Gatekeepers’ Check-in -- Competition & Event Office (Base Lodge)
8:00 a.m. Volunteer/Gatekeeper Training -- Competition & Event Offices (Base Lodge)
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Girls’ course inspection
9:00 a.m. Girls’ Giant Slalom Competition (two runs) (Time constraints may not allow for a re-set between runs)
10:00 a.m. Nordic course inspection opens (No Earlier) – Weather and Conditions Permitting
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Boys’ course inspection
11:30 a.m. Boys’ Giant Slalom Competition (two runs) (Time constraints may not allow for a re-set between runs)
2:00 p.m. Nordic Coaches’ meeting at Black Mountain
3:00 p.m. Girls’ Nordic Freestyle
4:00 p.m. Boys’ Nordic Freestyle
DAY THREE: Friday, February 24 - - Slalom Competition
7:00am Alpine Coaches’ meeting at Black Mountain (ATHLETES AND PARENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED)
7:30 a.m. Volunteer/Gatekeepers’ check-in -- Competition & Event Offices (Base Lodge)
8:00 a.m. Volunteer/Gatekeeper Training -- Competition & Event Offices (Base Lodge)
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Girls’ First Run course inspection on Race Arena
9:30 a.m. Girls’ Slalom First Run
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. Girls’ Second Run course inspection on Race Arena
11:15 a.m. Girls’ Slalom Second Run
11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Boys’ First Run course inspection on Race Arena
12:45 p.m. Boys’ Slalom First Run
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Boys’ Second Run Course inspection on Race Arena
2:30 p.m. Boys’ Slalom Second Run
As soon as the results are tabulated - - Team and Alpine individual results and awards at Black Mountain.