“It’s only a little club . . . but we do big things.” - Chummy Broomhall
Chisholm Ski Club is located at Black Mountain of Maine Ski Area in Rumford, Maine. The Club has a rich tradition which dates back to the early days of the 20th century at its Spruce Street location and its mid 1900's days at Scottie's Mountain. Over the years the Club has hosted several world class nordic skiing events, including the 1950 World Championships, 1976 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1991 National Biathlon Championships, 1993 US Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1993 U.S. Masters Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1996 National Junior Olympics, 1996 Chevy Truck U.S. Nationals, the 1999 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championship, the 2003 Chevy Truck US Cross Country Championships, the 2004 Chevrolet US Cross Country Championships, the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, the 2010 USCSA National Championships, and the 2011 and 2012 US Cross Country Championships.
Gordon Taylor, skiing for the Farmington Area Ski Team, captured the gold medal in the Maine Junior Ski League Giant Slalom Championships under the lights at Black Mountain of Maine on February 16th. Taylor had a two-run time of 1:09.56 to top a field of 66 finishers. Finishing in second place was Riley Jerome of Telstar Middle School with a combined time of 1:11.38. Rangeley's Breezy Quimby took the bronze medal with a combined time of 1:13.12. Charlie Koenig of the Sugarloaf Area Ski Team came in fourth at 1:13.26. Ava Beaudin, an Independent came in fifth (1:14.16) with Nya Wolfe of SAST (1:14.80) taking sixth.
In the Boys GS, Charlie Pye of Rangeley took top honors with a combined score of 1:15.05, Grabbing the silver was Bryce Marcoux of Chisholm Alpine Race Team, finishing with 1:15.12. Taking the final podium position was Jett Lindel of Camden Snow Bowl in 1:15.54. Rounding out the top six were Emmet Marshall of CSB (1:16.57), Asa Stroman of FAST (1:18.05). and Landon Marquis of CSB (1:18.30).
The MJSL Championships continue on Wednesday, February 27th at Lost Valley in Auburn. The Alpine Slalom Championships are scheduled to begin at 10:00 am.
Enfield, New Hampshire native Dennis Page won the 7th annual John Roderick 50k Marathon Race at Black Mountain of Maine on February 9th. The Darthmouth College graduate skied the freestyle course in 2:04:28.0 on a blustery but sunny day in Rumford to capture the gold. Finishing 2nd was Justin Fereshetian with a time of 2:06:00.3. Grabbing the final podium spot was Orono’s Gregory Harkay.
In the women’s 25k freestyle, Carrie Nourjian of Stowe, Vermont took top honors with a 1:19:17.6 time. Jackson, New Hampshire’s Laurel took second.
In the Men’s 25K freestyle, Kyle Rancourt’s time of 1:07:34.1 won him the top spot on the podium for that event. He was followed by Mike Morse (1:10:28.6) and Brett Rutledge (1:10:30.0).
Mark Lena won the Men’s 25k Classical Style in 1:50:26.4.
Julia Lazzaroni of Park City, Utah captured the championship in the women’s 15k freestyle, finishing in 40:15.7. Right behind her were Rachel Zafren of Brunswick, Maine (40:31.5) and Sarah Pribram of Shelburne, Vermont (40:44.3).
In the men’s 15K freestyle, it was Noah Gans taking the gold with a time of 32:58.2. William Watson and Ben Gustafson took the silver and bronze.
Kevin Donohoe won the men’s 10k freestyle with David Holmander coming in second.
Also a part of the day’s festivities was the University of Maine’s men’s 15k freestyle, won by Jordan Fried in 36:19.4. Thomas Wing took second and Isaiah Reid was third.
The 2019 KVAC Nordic Championships kicked off on February 6th at Black Mountain of Maine with the 5K mass start classical competition. Roy Varney of Leavitt won the KVAC Classical with a winning time of 13:57.5. Gabe Fein of Maranacook was second in 14:05.1 and Carter McPhedran also of Maranacook was third with a time of 14:06.1. Also finishing in the top six were Sam Smith of Mt. Blue (14:24.0), his teammate Dom Giampietro, who finished in 14:55.1, and Maranacook's Bryce Trefethen (15:08.4).
Freshman Emma Charles of Mt. Blue won the KVAC Girls Classical Championship with an impressive time of 15:25.1. Jayden Negley of Leavitt was second, completing the course in 16:44.5 and Chelsea Seabold of Mt. Blue was third with a time of 17:03.7. Day 2 of the KVAC Nordic Championships is Saturday with the freestyle pursuit at Titcomb Mtn. Rounding out the top six were Maura Taylor of Maranacook (17:24.2), Brynne Robbins of Mt. Blue (18:10.8), and Mt. Ararat's Sadie Skinner (18:57.8).
Day 1 of the KVAC Alpine Championships took place on Wednesday, February 6th at Black Mtn with the Giant Slalom competition. Colby Van Decker, an Oxford Hills junior, won the KVAC GS with a combined time of 1:41.96. Eli Yeaton of Mt. Blue was second with a combined time of 1:42.85 and Sam Smith, also of Mt. Blue was third, finishing with a combined time of 1:42.95. Rounding out the top six were Jake Mills of Oxford Hills (1:43.76), Maranacook's Robbie McKee (1:44.25), and Mills' Viking teammate and skiemeister competitor Tommy Bancroft (1:46.59).
On the girls side, Senior Ellie Pelletier of Mt. Blue won the KVAC Giant Slalom with a winning combined time of 1:50.23. Miranda Chadbourne of Edward Little was second with a combined time of 1:51.14. Anna Erb of Maranacook was third with a combined time of 1:52.27. Also having strong races were Mt. Blue's Jenna Hanrahan (1:52.58), Jorday Cummings of Edward Little (1:52.68), and Katie Ide of Maranacook (1:53.12).
The KVAC Alpine Championships conclude on Saturday with the slalom competition at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington.
Cameron Walters of Mt. Abram skied the 5k Classical at Black Mountain of Maine in 15:55.5 to win the Mountain Valley Conference title on the first day of the MVC Championship. On a beautiful February 6th day in what resembled a warm up loop for the Roadrunners, Walters and his teammates captured the top 6 positions to dominate the rest of the MVC pack. 2nd place went to fellow Roadrunner Levi Bouchard, who completed the course in 15:58.8. Taking the final podium position was Dillon Wells with a time of 15:59.3. David Kidd (16:12.6), Brandon Hemingway (16:28.0), and Chandler Rollins (17:01.1) rounded out the top six.
Emily Kidd of Mt. Abram broke away from the pack in the Women's MVC 5k Classical Mass Start to win the MVC Championship on the John Roderick Trail System. The Roadrunner freshman completed the course in 20:04.0 to earn the top podium spot. Her teammate, senior Alice Cockerham took the silver medal, finishing in 20:19.0, while Leah Ruck of Orono came in third with a time of 20:53.6. Rounding out the top six were three Winthrop skiers, Sam Allen (21:20.9), Alexis Emery (22:56.1), and Maya Deming (22:57.8).